2020 Jaguar XF Sedan

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Rear View Driving
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Central Console

The New 2020 Jaguar XF Review

How do you breed a BMW 5 Series-baiting sedan with all the hallmarks of a true driver's machine, but with no compromise on comfort? Ask Jaguar, they'll tell you, as they've managed to perfect the recipe with the venerable Jaguar XF sedan. Now entering its fifth year in production as a second-generation model, the recipe remains the same, but a diesel engine is no longer available, and Jag has packed in more tech than ever before. With engines ranging from a 269 horsepower turbocharged four to the fire-breathing 380 hp supercharged V6, and rear- and all-wheel-drive available, the XF remains a firm favorite of those who want all the excellence but don't want to be associated with any of the three premium German marques.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 8 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 7 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 7 /10
  • Reliability 6 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 XF Sedan?

For 2020, the biggest change to the line-up is Jaguar's decision to scrap the option of a diesel engine. The rest of the line-up has also been rearranged somewhat, introducing the Checkered Flag Limited Edition model and removing the Portfolio and 300 Sport models. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now standard features across the range, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Two new paint options called Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey are also now available.

Pros and Cons

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay finally made standard
  • Abundant passenger and cargo space
  • Great fuel economy
  • Comfortable interior
  • Sublime ride and handling balance
  • Infotainment system unintuitive
  • Fewer features than its rivals
  • Engines not as powerful as the rivals
  • Average interior quality

What's the Price of the 2020 Jaguar XF?

Because the XF has a number of engines, as well as drivetrain options with each trim, there is a wide price range available to suit different budgets.

The entry-level 25t Premium starts at an MSRP of $51,100. Prestige models start at $55,550 for the 25t Prestige, followed by the 30t Prestige at $58,550. All base prices quoted are for the rear-wheel-drive versions and there's an additional cost of $3,000 to get the all-wheel-drive versions. The Checkered Flag Limited Edition only comes in all-wheel-drive and starts at $66,600, while the top of the range XF S starts at $68,200 excluding tax, registration, licensing and a $995 destination fee.

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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
25t Premium
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
25t Prestige
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
30t Prestige
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
30t Checkered Flag Limited Edition
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
P380 S
3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

Thankfully Jaguar takes a slightly different approach to some of its rivals, which all seem to be doing the same thing. Instead of blowing the driver away with raw power, the XF takes a more balanced approach and tries to provide an all-round driving experience. The ride straddles the fine line between harsh and pliant, sufficiently absorbing large and small bumps alike, with particular pliancy when under duress. Mid-corner bumps don't upset the XF, and even when at top speeds there's a sense of control and contact with the road.

Responsive steering is yet another aspect in which the XF excels. It's focused and responsive, with keen turn-in and immediate responses to inputs. It's also one of the more communicative setups around, with good communication from the front end, and it's precise, too, pointing the XF like a laser coming out of corners.

The overwhelming sense of composure, paired with the duality of immense grip under zealous driving conditions makes the XF a true driver's sedan. It can handle the mundane in complete luxury, but should the need arise, it can tackle a mountain pass with surprising alacrity.

Verdict: Is The 2020 Jaguar XF A Good Sedan?

The Jaguar XF stands out from the competition by having stylish looks coupled with excellent driving dynamics. The two four-cylinder engines deliver a fantastic balance of performance and fuel economy, while the supercharged V6 is available for a more thrilling experience. Thanks to the abundance of interior space, as well as the excellent ride, the XF is a joy to drive or be driven in, especially on long journeys, where the cavernous trunk space comes in handy.

Unfortunately, the XF has some weaknesses that are too glaring to miss. The combination of premium materials and cheap plastics don't do the XF justice, especially when compared to rivals in its class. Sadly the dated ten-inch infotainment unit and other features also do it no favors. It also lacks the performance potential other brands offer, and now five years into its lifespan, we'd be lying if we didn't say we wanted something a little more potent from Jaguar.

Still a great driver's car, the XF is found lacking in key dimensions that see it yield its all-rounder status to others who just do more in more areas. It's a pity, as the XF has solid engineering at its heart and could've been something exceptional.

What Jaguar XF Sedan Model Should I Buy?

With such a large range of trims, engines, and drivetrains, there are numerous options to choose from. The 25t engine should be discounted, which leaves either the 30t or supercharged V6 engine. If you'd prefer the exhilaration of a V6, then the XF S is your default choice, but if you'd prefer a more balanced combination of performance and fuel economy, then the choice comes down to either the Prestige or the Checkered Flag Limited Edition. Between the two, there's no comparison as the Checkered Flag has better driving dynamics, not to mention the exclusivity of being a limited edition model. The fact that it has sportier looks works further in its favor.

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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Comparisons

Lexus GS Lexus
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Mercedes-Benz

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan vs Lexus GS

Both the Lexus GS and the Jaguar XF provide interesting alternatives to the German brands in this class and have very unique styling to distinguish themselves. However, that's where the comparisons end. Jaguar takes a more practical approach and has made an elegant car fit for royalty, while the Lexus designers took a more aggressive approach with looks that betray its Japanese origins.

The entry-level GS 300 starts at $46,860 for the 241 hp sedan, compared to $51,100 for the 247 hp XF 25t Premium. The difference in price only increases from there. While the Jaguars are more expensive, they deliver better performance, higher levels of driver engagement, and better fuel economy, too. But Jaguar's talents don't extend to the interior, where although the XF offers more cargo and passenger space, Lexus has the upper hand in terms of design and premium feel. Key items are missing from the Lexus though, and the infotainment system doesn't boast the same smartphone integration as the XF does. The decision comes down to priorities, and if you value a superior driving experience, the XF comes out trumps.

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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

The E-Class is regarded by many as the leader of this class, although the gap has closed considerably over the years, considering just how much rivals have upped the ante. Pricing for the base model E300 starts at $53,500 compared to the 25t Premium XF at $51,100, while at the top of the range, the E450 makes 362 hp and costs $60,450 compared the rival Jaguar XF S, which makes 380 hp and costs $68,200. Where the Jaguar excels is in providing a great driving experience and a comfortable ride, while the E Class can't dynamically match the Jag and focuses on comfort instead. It also has better fuel economy and class-leading cargo space. Unfortunately, that's not enough to beat the E-Class, though, which is a better all-round performer with a more luxurious interior and exterior, as well as more features on all its trims. At its price, the Jaguar XF may present better value for money, but the E-Class is the one to buy if money is no object.

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