Jaguar has all but done away with its sedans, choosing instead to focus on SUVs and coupes that sell better in the USA. The 2023 Jaguar XF is the last such car, providing a comfortable interior with a decent amount of passenger room and a potent powertrain making up to 296 horsepower, all wrapped in one of the most gorgeous packages you'll ever see on the road. Sadly, it has been coasting on its good looks while the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series have been getting progressively more compelling all-rounders. The lack of changes to the current Jag XF hints that this may be one of the last chances to own one before the brand makes good on its electric agenda.
The new Jaguar XF sedan is almost exactly the same as the old one, with the only real change being the addition of adaptive cruise control as standard on every trim, and a slight increase in starting price.
While it may be a premium European vehicle, the price of the 2023 Jaguar XF is quite reasonable. The base model will only cost you $47,000, while the P250 SE asks for an extra $2,300. The P300 R-Dynamic SE sits at the top of the range and asks for the highest premium of $52,700. As these are the recommended MSRP by the manufacturer, they do not take into account the $1,175 destination fee or any other dealership costs, like tax or registration.
Since even the most powerful XF can't keep up with its German rivals, we'd suggest getting one of those if performance is important to you. But if beauty and rarity appeal to you, then the base-level P250 S makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper than the competition but looks just as stunning as the most expensive model. The packages are limited, but the XF makes the most sense when you're not spending as much as you would for a much better car.
Despite its more accessible pricing, the interior of the Jaguar XF is just as upscale as you'd find in more expensive European cars. Aside from plush and luxurious materials, it offers a good amount of space and a long list of standard features. The dashboard is unfussy and contemporary, with the controls laid out beneath the infotainment screen. The uncluttered look underscores the user-friendly and laid-back feeling the sedan gives off. Most controls are comfortably within reach of the driver, though the steering wheel has a fair number of buttons, too. The color schemes on offer are quite exciting, not just the plain old black and white that more traditional rivals.
Designed with comfort in mind, there is more than enough interior space for even taller passengers in the XF sedan. Legroom in the rear is a little tighter, as expected, though not worryingly so. The optional panoramic sunroof does come at the cost of some headroom, which may leave six-footers wondering if it's worthwhile. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, and the sport seats in the P300 add some extra bolstering to account for the more potent engine and what you're likely to do with it. The front seats are power-adjustable in 12 vectors, though saving your preferred settings is a feature limited to the SE models. Getting inside the vehicle is easy enough, thanks to these adjustable seats and a relatively high roofline.
If loads of cargo space is what you're after, then a sedan probably wouldn't be your first choice. The XF is severely limited in this regard, even when compared to other premium sedans, supplying a mere 10.1 cubic feet. If you need to move something that's a little more awkwardly sized, then you can fold down the rear seats in a 40/20/40 split. This doesn't really add much usable space, though you can pass longer things through a little easier.
Around the cabin, there are a few nooks and crannies to store smaller items, including two cupholders up front and mediocre pockets in the doors. The armrest cubby and glove compartment are large enough to stow larger knick-knacks.
|Jaguar XF Sedan||BMW 5 Series Sedan||Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan|
|5 Seater||5 Seater||5 Seater|
|39.9 in. front|
38.2 in. rear
|38.8 in. front|
36.5 in. rear
|37.3 in. front |
37.6 in. rear
|41.5 in. front|
37.7 in. rear
|41.4 in. front|
36.5 in. rear
|41.7 in. front |
36.2 in. rear
|10.1 ft³ - 12.1 ft³||18.7 ft³||13.1 ft³|
Even in its entry-level specification, the 2023 XF boasts high-quality materials. This starts with perforated DuoLeather in a choice of Ebony, Light Oyster, or Caraway upholstery. All the surfaces are coated in soft-touch materials trimmed in Ebony. For an additional $800, you can upgrade to Windsor leather in the SE, with the same interior color schemes on offer.
Only the P300 R-Dynamic SE alloys you to option the vibrant Mars Red instead of Caraway, and you can also choose Sienna Tan if you like brown. While Windsor leather is available, it will cost you $1,450 at this level.
As a premium vehicle, the Jag XF comes outfitted with loads of standard equipment, mostly targeted toward making your driving experience easier and more comfortable. Quality of life is improved with dual-zone climate control and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Conveniences include keyless entry and start, cruise control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. An 11.4-inch touchscreen comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and SiriusXM, with added amenities like dual USB ports and a wireless charging pad. You also get three 12-volt sockets if you want to charge the old way. A 12-speaker Meridian sound system is the standard fare, but a 16-speaker setup is available. Other upgrades include navigation and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.
|P250 S||P250 SE||P300 R-Dynamic SE|
|Dual-zone climate control|
|12-way power, heated front seats|
|11.4-inch touchscreen display|
There is only one engine for the Jaguar XF - a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder - though it is presented in two states of tune. The entry-level configuration develops 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is boosted to 296 hp and 295 lb-ft in the P300 top model. The former enables a 0-60 mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds, while the latter can achieve the same result in 5.8 seconds. Regardless of the power plant in play, an eight-speed automatic transmission handles the gears for you. The P250 base model has rear-wheel drive as standard, while the P250 SE and P300 get an all-wheel drivetrain. All models are capable of reaching 155 mph since the Jag isn't electronically limited like its rivals.
There is a definite difference between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models when it comes to handling, though. The RWD models are a bit lighter on their feet, but the AWD trim gives you more confidence to be playful with the car. In either configuration, you get Jaguar Drive Control with four settings. Dynamic is the equivalent sport mode, which tightens up the steering and lets the engine growl a bit louder. Still, the XF will never be as fun as its BMW equivalent. There is enough power for some comfortable cruising, at least, and overtaking on the highway is still more than possible. Comfort mode is where most buyers will spend the majority of their time, as it softens the suspension so that it can more easily soak up the bumps. This pairs well with the quiet and cozy cabin for that serene commuter experience.
You'll definitely appreciate the benefits of the turbocharged four-pot when it comes to paying at the pumps. The regular RWD models boast 25/33/28 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles, while swapping out for AWD drops these figures to 23/32/26 mpg. The worst gas mileage comes from the P300, which has AWD as standard. It only manages 22/30/25 mpg.
Fuel capacity is always 19.5 gallons, so you can expect between 488 and 546 miles between refueling.
|2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas|
|2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas8-Sped Automatic|
|2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas |
|246 hp||246 hp||296 hp|
|155 mph||155 mph||155 mph|
|25 / 33 / 28 mpg||23 / 32 / 26 mpg||22 / 30 / 25 mpg|
|6.5 seconds||6.2 seconds||5.8 seconds|
You won't find any recent safety review of the Jaguar XF, since even the NCAP hasn't put it through a crash test in some time. Luckily, it comes with a host of advanced safety features to put your mind at ease. These include ABS, stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with emergency braking, blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. You also get a driver-attention system and a rearview camera. Traffic sign recognition becomes standard higher up in the range, and a head-up display is optional across all models.
|P250 S||P250 SE||P300 R-Dynamic SE|
|Forward collision warning|
|Automatic emergency braking|
|Front and rear parking sensors|
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
There is no official J.D. Power consumer survey of the Jaguar XF, so reliability can be hard to determine. The recall history is relatively clean, at least, with only two problems reported over the last few years. Both pertained to the seatbelts, with a 2021 recall for a retractor malfunction and a 2022 recall for pretensioners not restraining properly.
The 2023 Jaguar XF has a good warranty, covering five years/60,000 miles of limited issues, as well as complimentary scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance for the same period. You also get five years of Jaguar InControl Remote and Protect connected services.
Jaguar is a master of crafting automotive works of art, and the XF is definitely such a piece; it's an area where it really stands out from its European rivals like Mercedes and BMW. For starters, it has sleek and stylish lines, and the front fascia has slim LED headlights with embedded Double J daytime running lights sitting abreast a modest grille bearing the company logo. These elements are all surrounded in gloss black on the R-Dynamic trim, giving the car a bit more of an edge.
The standard 18-inch alloy wheels are also upgraded to 19s on the P250 SE and 20s on the P300. The rear of the sedan features the leaping cat logo in the middle of the trunk, atop a horizontal bar that runs the width of the car and intersects with the LED taillights. The exhaust outlet is discreetly positioned below the bumper, not drawing attention to itself as it would on a sportier model.
There are few cars as good-looking as the Jaguar XF, and that effortless style carries through to the interior where luxuries and comforts abound. This is a car meant to be enjoyed, despite the fact that it lacks the performance chops of its direct rivals, even in its more powerful P300 R-Dynamic guise. The turbocharged four-pot just doesn't have what it takes to go up against the six-cylinder engines still on the market. The XF sedan also falls short in other areas, like the abysmally small trunk. But, when used as a head-turning executive sedan, it is a pleasant cruiser that can dispatch with town traffic while never breaking a sweat. Its more relaxed nature has benefits to fuel economy that complement its naturally lower asking price compared to the Germans. The standard feature list is good, too, which positions it as one of the best-value products in the segment. This affordability and quality will be enough to guarantee interest, but the lack of updates is a little worrying since competitors are pulling even further ahead. For the time being, it is a good choice, and its rarity on the road really makes it stand out, but it's far from being the best model your money can buy right now.
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