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2019 Jaguar XF Sedan

$49,965 - $70,565
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Jaguar XF Sedan

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Review

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury sedan originally introduced to the market as a 2016 model with distinctive styling to stand out from its German counterparts, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and the BMW 5 Series. It's available in five different trims, the Premium, Prestige, 300 Sport, Portfolio, and S. Each trim is available in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, except for the S, which only comes in all-wheel-drive. Four engine options are available, including three gasoline engines ranging in power from 247-380 horsepower and four to six-cylinders in size, while Jaguar offers a single 2.0-liter diesel with 177 hp on tap. All models make use of a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox. Against established German offerings, can stand out styling and impressive driving dynamics overcome the XF's relative age against newer rivals?

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 XF Sedan?

For the 2019 model, Jaguar has added some new features including a ten-speaker sound system, Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro ten-inch infotainment system, a frameless rearview mirror, and illuminated door sills. The Prestige models get onboard navigation, and Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now available as part of the smartphone package. The carmaker also added a limited edition model called the 300 Sport limited edition.

Pros and Cons

  • Large trunk
  • Many engine and trim combinations to choose from
  • Fun to drive
  • Good fuel economy from diesel engine
  • Inspiring driver's chassis
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • Average interior quality
  • Less powerful engines than rivals
  • Feeling dated compared to newer offerings
  • Les interior room than German rivals

XF Sedan Exterior

The XF is a handsome and business-like car with huge air intakes in the front that sit below the thin, stylish LED headlights. In the center of the squarish grille sits the famous leaping cat emblem. The Prestige comes with 18-inch wheels; the Premium, Portfolio, and 300 Sport come with 19-inch wheels; and the S comes with 20-inch wheels. Both the 300 Sport and S models come with a body kit with large aggressive air intakes compared to the Premium and Prestige models. The side profile is also sleek with distinctive vent behind the front wheel arches. The sloping roof drops to the rear where there are sporty-looking LED light clusters.

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Front View Driving
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Dimensions

The XF falls squarely into the mid-size luxury sedan class and has a length of 195 inches on a wheelbase of 116.5 inches. The height is 57.4 inches and the width is 78.2 inches. Curb weight ranges between 3,590 lbs for the 25t Prestige in rear-wheel-drive and 3,870 lbs for the S model. The ground clearance on all models is 4.6 inches. In comparison, the BMW 5 Series has a length of 194.6 inches on a 117.1-inch wheelbase and a height of 58.4 inches and a width of 73.5 inches.

Exterior Colors

A range of colors is available for the XF to complement the bold design. Solid colors available on the XF are Fuji White and Narvik Black, which come at no extra cost. The metallic colors available are Yulong White, Santorini Black, Indus Silver, and Corris Grey. In the Premium Palette range, there's Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver. All the colors in the metallic range cost $610, while premium colors, Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver, cost $1,550. All the colors are available for all models, except for the 300 Sport, which is only available in Yulong White, Indus Silver, and Santorini Black.

  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Corris Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Loire Blue Metallic
  • Caesium Blue Metallic
  • Rossello Red Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic, Special order only.
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic, Special order only.
  • Narvik Black
  • Fuji White

XF Sedan Performance

Jaguar is one of the only remaining manufacturers selling diesel-powered vehicles in the US, with the XF being one of the models carrying an oil-burner. It's a 2.0-liter four-pot with 177 hp on tap, mated to an eight-speed automatic and a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive - a staple for the segment. But if its outright performance you're after, the XF S is your go-to, with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque sent to all four corners. 0-60 mph comes up in five seconds flat on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. It's no E63 or M5, but it's not meant to be, and it occupies the middle ground shared with BMW's 540i.

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Front View Driving
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2019 Jaguar XF Sedan 3.0L V6 Engine

Engine and Transmission

There are a total of four engine options available for the XF: the 20d, 25t,30t, and the 3.0 V6, which all use an eight-speed automatic transmission. All are available in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, except the V6 which is only available in all-wheel-drive guise. The lone diesel engine in the lineup is the 20d, which is a turbocharged 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 177 hp and 318 lb-ft, and, as expected, the best fuel economy. The 25t is a turbocharged 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine which makes 247 hp and 269 lb-ft. Above the 25t is the 30t, which is also a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but with a higher output of 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. The highest-powered engine in the range is the supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 which is exclusive to the S trim. It makes 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Of the four-cylinder models, the diesel feels underpowered and sluggish, while the base 25t is just a little slower on the uptake than similar engines found in German rivals. The 30t hits the sweet spot, though, with quick responses and a sense of urgency when needed. The higher torque figure also suits the tuning of the eight-speed automatic better, a gearbox that suitably hangs on to gears in S mode and doesn't let go until you ask of it with the paddle shifters.

Ultimately, though, it's the V6 you want in the S model. It's tuneful and hungry for tarmac, quick off the line and even quicker when on the move. Throttle response is instantaneous and the howl of the V6 is simply intoxicating.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Jaguar XF isn't necessarily better than it's German rivals but still manages to be memorable because of how different it is. Thankfully the ride isn't as harsh as some of its competitors which are trying too hard to be sporty and forget that cars like this are mainly used for day to day driving. It feels perfectly balanced between performance and luxury, without being floaty and manages to keep all but the largest bumps at bay. At low speeds, the shifts are smooth and barely noticeable, but as soon as it's needed it springs to life and is ready for action.

The brakes feel responsive and don't have any spongy feel to them, and more importantly, always feel consistent. The steering also manages the balancing act of not being too heavy or too light and with just the right amount of responsiveness.

The duality of the XF is the way it manages to swallow up great distances at pace, while the chassis becomes lively and excitable when pressed. It's not up on its toes, nor is it sat solidly on the road, but it's nimble on turn-in, stable under direction changes, and composed on the limit. It's the driver's sedan of the segment in a way few can match.

The XF is a very easy car to drive and responds well in most conditions. Whether at low or high speeds the cabin has an almost eerie silence and is quieter than its rivals. The only issue when driving the XF is the firm seats which are fine at first but can get a bit uncomfortable after a few hours.

XF Sedan Gas Mileage

For a mid-size luxury sedan, the four engines in the XF range have impressive fuel economy estimates. Of the four, the diesel is by far the most economical, with EPA estimates of 30/40/35 mpg city/highway combined. Thanks to its 17.4-gallon tank capacity, it's capable of a maximum of 609 miles in mixed driving. Of course, the gasoline engines are less efficient with the 25t managing 25/34/29 mpg and the 30t achieving 22/31/26 mpg. With all-wheel-drive fitted, the figures drop slightly. The most powerful engine in the lineup, the V6 achieves estimates of 20/28/24 mpg. All the gas-powered models have a tank size of 19.5 gallons, and the 25t has the best estimated-range of 565 miles in mixed driving conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 25/34 mpg
* 2019 Jaguar XF 25t Premium RWD

XF Sedan Interior

The XF's interior bears a certain familiarity to the XE, with a tiered dash design and broad sweeping curves. But try as it might, it can't match the luster of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class' cabin, nor the practicality and ergonomics of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Things are a little more cramped in here, despite generous dimensions, and while most elements are soft to the touch, some are harsh and placed precisely where knees and elbows frequently come into contact with them. An array of stylish trims look great, though, and the leather upholstery is comfortable, while accommodation is generous enough for five in great comfort. Some touches, like the rotary shifter that rises out of the center console and the heartbeat-pulsing light of the engine stop/start button, are classy, but sadly key areas like infotainment are found lacking, despite the large, 10-inch screen embedded in the dash.

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Central Console
2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Dashboard
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Seating and Interior Space

The XF easily seats four in comfort, while a fifth also won't have too much trouble as long as it's a short trip or at the very least they aren't six-feet-tall. From the driver's seat, there's great visibility to most corners, with the occasional blind spot as a result of chunky C-pillars. Seating positions in the XF are fine thanks to power-adjustable seats with a memory function, with the S model getting 18-way power-adjustable sports seats. Front occupants get headroom of 37.5 inches and legroom of 41.4 inches. Rear passengers get 37.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom. This is generous for the class, with headroom more than what most rivals offer in practice. Seats are comfortable and supportive, particularly for spirited driving, while long-distance travel doesn't leave occupants feeling too exhausted either.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Jaguars are renowned for the range of premium materials offered for its interiors, and the XF is no different.

The Premium trim comes with Luxtec imitation leather seats available in Ebony, Latte, or Light Oyster, while the Prestige model gets grained leather seats in the same color range. The Portfolio model comes with softer, more premium Windsor leather, with the addition of Espresso and Sienna Tan color options, and the S gets Grained leather upholstery with an "S" embossed on the sports seats, with a range of two-tone options to choose from including Ebony with Light Oyster stitching, Pimento Red and Ebony, Light Oyster and Ebony, and Brogue with Light Oyster stitching.

Each color upholstery combination is complemented by a bespoke upper dash cladding, with options ranging from Ebony to Oyster, with matching and contrasting stitching options available. Headlining on most models is Light Oyster microsuede, but the S gets Ebony microsuede instead.

For every leather option available, there's a veneer and trim insert pairing too. Aluminum, Ebony wood, gloss black panels, and satin gray ebony are all available, as is satin burl ash veneer, among other options.

XF Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

The XF has one of the largest trunks in its class with a capacity of 19.0 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, larger than rivals like the E-Class's 13.1 cubic feet and more than enough to accommodate a couple of large suitcases with space to spare. Gooseneck arms stow neatly out of the way of any precious cargo and don't impede loading of larger items. With the rear seats folded flat, the pass-through size is large and practical for longer, flatter items.

Inside the cabin, most items find a home in a cubby of sorts. An overhead storage console caters to glasses, while front and rear cupholders are decently sized, as are the front and rear door pockets, and front seatback storage. The center console storage is particularly useful because it has two USB ports, as well as a 12V power outlet.

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Trunk Space
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2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Rear View Driving
  • Trunk Volume
    17.8 ft³

XF Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

Jaguar does its best to compete with its tech-laden rivals but comes up a bit short. It's got enough features to get by, as well as many expensive add-ons. Standard features on the entry-level Premium model include heated, auto-dimming side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable steering, keyless start, automatic xenon headlights, eight-way power-adjustable seats with memory function, and a rearview camera. Other models in the range are available with heated seats, keyless entry, onboard navigation, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated seats, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, drowsy driver warning system, four-zone climate alert, a hands-free trunk, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, as well as a head-up display are also offered.

Infotainment

The XF has a ten-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system with one subwoofer, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM radio USB and iPhone inputs as standard features. It also has Jaguar's smartphone app to monitor the vehicle's status, as well as set up the climate control and start the car remotely. Higher in the range, and with add-on packages, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, onboard navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Meridian Surround Sound System with 17 speakers including a subwoofer are also available.

It's disappointing that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are add-on features on a luxury car when many cheaper cars out there offer it as standard. A wireless charger should also be standard or at least offered for a car in this price range.

XF Sedan Problems and Reliability

So far the Jaguar XF has a good reliability record with no complaints and no recalls for 2019, although there were several recalls for some of the previous models. The 2018 model had a recall for frontal airbags not deploying correctly, as well as for fuel leaks in the engine compartment. The 2017 model also had a recall for the instrument cluster going blank, and for a cracked sill panel which may cause a ruptured fuel line.

The XF has an impressive warranty coverage compared to rival offerings, with a maintenance plan spanning five years/60,000 miles, a basic warranty of five years/60,000 miles, and a drivetrain warranty of five years/60,000 miles as well as roadside assistance for five years/60,000 miles.

XF Sedan Safety

There are currently no available test results from either the NHTSA or the IIHS. However, it was tested by the European NCAP and scored a best-possible five-star rating. The US specification is expected to emulate the European model and perform to the same high standards.

Key Safety Features

The Jaguar has many great safety features as befits a car in its category, including four-wheel ABS, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, emergency brake assist, and post-collision system. It also has six airbags including dual front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Driver aids are also available on the higher models, as well as part of the optional packages. Some of these features include front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, a drowsy driver monitor, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Jaguar XF Sedan a good car?

The XF is a very handsome car that has enough style and character to take on some of the more popular luxury sedans, but still feels a bit rough around the edges. The broad range of engines, including an ultra-frugal diesel, are impressive, while the supercharged V6 caters wonderfully to those seeking a dash of performance in the mix. Jaguar pairs great powertrains with an endearing chassis offering a balance between superb handling dynamics and exemplary ride comfort. Practicality ranks highly, too, with an abundance of trunk space and spacious accommodation. Sadly, the build and general design are found wanting, and while luxurious materials are used, key elements feel cheap. While the spec-sheet may read well from a tech perspective, rivals all offer better equipment, particularly on the infotainment front, where the ten-inch system employed by the Jag just feels dated. It's the driver's car of the segment, but it comes at a penalty or two. It's just a pity these penalties are found in areas crucial to the success of an executive sedan.

What's the Price of the 2019 Jaguar XF Sedan?

Since each trim is available with multiple engine options and multiple drivetrains, the XF range has a wide range of prices that should suit a multitude of budgets.

Prices start off at $49,965 for the 25t Premium as the only model to undercut the $50,000 mark. The cheapest diesel is the 20d Premium, carrying a base MSRP of $51,465, while the 30t Premium increases the asking price to $52,965. Prestige models start at $54,985 for the 25t Prestige, while the 20d Prestige asks a price of $56,485 and the 30t Prestige will set you back $57,985. The limited-edition 300 Sport carries as base MSRP of $63,810, while the 30t Portfolio asks $67,565. All prices mentioned are for the RWD versions of each trim, with all-wheel-drive available on all trims for a further $3,000. The range-topping XF S is AWD-only and asks $67,625 excluding tax, registration, licensing, and a $995 destination fee.

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Models

There are five trims available in the Jaguar XF range: Premium, Prestige, Portfolio Limited Edition, 300 Sport, and S. All use an eight-speed automatic transmission and come in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, except for the S, which comes in all-wheel drive only.

The Premium is the entry-level model and comes standard with xenon headlights, heated auto-dimming mirrors, imitation leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, sunroof, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with memory function, dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, a ten-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rearview camera, and an 11-speaker sound system.

Next is the Prestige, which adds 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, onboard navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated seats with lumbar support, and a heated steering wheel.

The 300 Sport is only available with the 30t engine, and is similarly equipped to the Prestige, but adds active safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and drowsy driver warning system. It also has a sport-tuned suspension and dark satin gray exterior trim.

The Portfolio Limited Edition includes an upgraded 17-speaker sound system from Meridian, adaptive LED headlights, four-zone climate control, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, Windsor leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with memory function, a head-up display, a hands-free trunk, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and auto-dimming high beams.

At the top of the range is the S. It has similar features to the Prestige, but has 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, a body kit, and 18-way electric sports front seats, as well as being exclusively equipped with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
25t Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$49,965
20d Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$51,465
30t Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$52,965
25t Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$54,985
20d Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$56,485
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Additional Packages

To enhance the features of each trim there are a number of add-on options, as well as standalone options available for the XF. Some of the popular packages include the Vision Assist Package available on the Premium and Prestige models and adds adaptive front lighting, front and rear parking aids, emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection, LED headlights with DRL lights, and automatic high beam assist.

The Tech Package is available on the Premium only and adds a 12.3-inch driver display, CD/DVD player, and a Meridian 825W surround sound system, while the Smartphone Package adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A Driver Assist Package is available on the Prestige and Premium only and adds adaptive cruise control with forward alert, advanced emergency braking, 360-degree camera, traffic sign detection, intelligent speed limiter, blind-spot detection, and park assist.

Standalone options include a head-up display, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry, and a heated windscreen amongst other items.

What Jaguar XF Sedan Model Should I Buy?

With a broad spectrum of trims, engines, and drivetrains, there are a total of 17 configurations available n the XF line-up. Unless you're a rep covering thousands of miles in a month, we recommend skipping the diesel engine, as well as the base 25t motor and opt for either the most powerful four-cylinder option or the supercharged V6. If it's the latter you want, then the hot XF S is the choice for you. But if you'd rather have the four-pot, we'd recommend a stretch for the limited edition 300 Sport. It highlights the best attributes of the XF in its sporty driving dynamics, and bags a welcome mix of exclusivity, style, and performance, as well as a fairly impressive amount of features.

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2019 Jaguar XF Sedan Comparisons

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2019 Jaguar XF Sedan vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

The E-class has an interior that's lightyears ahead of what the XF offers and also has way more features. The E450 which is a direct rival to the S model Jaguar makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and starts at $60,450. The S makes 380 hp but costs seven thousand more at $67,625. The entry-level Jaguar XF Premium starts at $49,965, compared to the entry-level E 300 at $53,500. The Jaguar excels in the fuel economy stakes and has the best cargo space in its class, with some impressive rear cabin space compared to the E Class. It also has a comfortable ride and great handling, which may appeal to the keen drivers in the segment. The Jaguar may represent great value for money, but the E-Class is king of this segment, with luxurious appointments, stylish design, and high levels of tech standard across the range.

See Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Review

2019 Jaguar XF Sedan vs BMW 5 Series Sedan

If the Mercedes rules when it comes to having plush interiors with tonnes of features, the BMW owns the performance and driving dynamics department, but when it comes to riding and handling, the Jaguar steps on the BMW's toes by delivering a fun and memorable drive. But it's slightly let down by its engine selection, with base models being lackluster while the XF S can't compete against the best in the 5 Series range. The Jaguar is, however, cheaper than the 5 Series, by almost $4,000 at a base level, but the best equipment is reserved for higher trim levels, which brings some parity to the matter. Overall, though, the BMW is the better buy, with compelling handling, impressive engines, a range of advanced tech and features, and a spacious, well-appointed cabin. It ticks all the boxes, while the XF excels in some areas and fails in others.

See BMW 5 Series Sedan Review

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