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2020 Jaguar XF Sedan

$51,100 - $68,200
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Jaguar XF Sedan

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Review

by Roger Biermann

How do you breed a BMW 5 Series baiting sedan with all the hallmarks of a true driver's machine, but no compromise on comfort? Ask Jaguar, they'll tell you, as they've managed to perfect the recipe with the venerable 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 firebreathing 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.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Changes: What’s the difference vs 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

XF Sedan Exterior

The Jaguar XF has unique and distinctive styling with Jaguar's cat emblem taking center-stage on the squarish grille and flanked by slim LED lights with J-shaped daytime running lights. The entry-level Premium model features 18-inch wheels, which go up to 19 inches on the Prestige and Checkered Flag models, and finally 20-inches on the S model. The Checkered Flag Limited Edition has exclusive side-vent badging, gloss black wheels and a body kit and the S model also gets an aggressive body kit and red brake calipers.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Front View Driving
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Front Angle View
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Front View Driving
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Dimensions

The size of the XF is similar to the other cars in the midsize luxury sedan class. It has a wheelbase of 116.5 inches and a length of 195 inches. The height is 57.4 inches, and the width is 78 inches excluding the mirrors and 82.2 inches with the mirrors. All the models in the range have a ground clearance of 4.6 inches, while the curb weight ranges between 3,590 lbs and 3,870 lbs depending on the chosen trim and drivetrain, giving the XF comparable mass to rivals within the segment.

Exterior Colors

For 2020, Jaguar retains an exterior color palette of 12 hues, but with two changes made from last year. There's still a wide selection of solid, metallic, as well as premium colors on offer with Fuji White and Narvik Black as the solid colors available at no extra cost while Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver are the Premium colors, which cost $1,550. 2020 sees the new hues of Eiger Grey and Portofino Blue, enter the metallic range in place of Corris Grey and Loire Blue respectively, bringing with them an additional cost of $610, which is also applicable for the likes of Santorini Black and Firenze Red. All the colors are available for all trims except the Checkered Flag Limited edition, which is only available in Yulong White, Santorini Black, and Eiger Grey.

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

XF Sedan Performance

While the midsize luxury sedan realm may focus more on luxury and less on performance, and any self-respecting entrant still needs to cater to both aspects. The XF duly takes note of the requirements and plates up a selection of three engines all ranging in power and potency. While an automatic gearbox and rear-wheel-drive are the staple, buyers can opt for all-wheel-drive too, a selection found to be the default on the Checkered Flag Edition and range-topping XF S. It's necessary, though, as the XF S is the only model equipped with the screaming supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, developing 380 horsepower and sending the XF from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. It's half a second off the pace of BMW's alternative, though, and with no V8 fulfilling a high-performance role at the top of the pile, the XF is found lacking when it comes to top-tier performance.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Front View Driving
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Rear View Driving

Engine and Transmission

Three engines make up the 2020 XF line-up, with the diesel option dropped from the range for the new model year. That leaves us with the 25t, 30t, and 3.0 V6 options, all of which retain their partnership with a ZF sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox. Models equipped with a 25t designation make use of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, while the 30t badged models see a re-tune of the same engine yielding 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. The 30t is the pick of the four-bangers, with a greater sense of urgency accompanying throttle inputs. It may lack a soulful soundtrack, but at least it delivers the good where it counts, unlike the 25t which can be frustratingly slow at times and incapable of dealing with the heft of the XF.

The eight-speed transmission, which is used in all the trims is smooth and barely felt at lower speeds. Whether changing up or down, there's no lag or lack of responsiveness, and in sportier driving modes it'll hold a gear until you ask otherwise - something usually only associated with dual-clutch setups.

But top of the pile sits the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S model, paired exclusively with all-wheel-drive to ensure all 380 hp and 332 lb-ft reach the tarmac without loss of traction. It's the pick of the trio of engines, the V6, combining stellar performance with an intoxicating soundtrack that must rank as one of the best of any six-cylinder on the market. It backs it up with immediacy of response to throttle inputs, making it a true driver's engine to pair with the XF's wonderful chassis.

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

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 maximum attack 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.

XF Sedan Gas Mileage

With the current engines in the lineup, the economy figures for the XF are in a similar range to most of its rivals. The most frugal engine in the XF range is the 25t, which has estimated economy figures of 25/34/29 mpg in RWD and 23/33/28 mpg in AWD guise. The middle of the range 30t engine has an estimate of 22/31/26 mpg in rear-wheel drive and 22/31/26 mpg in all-wheel drive. The high performance S model with the 3.0 liter V6 has estimated ratings of 20/28/24 mpg. All the models in the range have a 19.5-gallon tank, and the 25t has the furthest estimated range of 565 miles in mixed driving conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 25/34 mpg
* 2020 Jaguar XF Sedan 25t Premium RWD

XF Sedan Interior

The XF has a simple, relatively classy interior prioritizing functional feel and high-end materials, and yet for some inexplicable reason, Jaguar fails to get it to live up to the standard of its competitors. The steering wheel feels good in hand and ergonomically, all buttons lie within easy reach and have a practical layout. But things feel claustrophobic thanks to a tiered dash design, and the abundance of various materials feels a little cluttered at times. The classy materials are also offset by an abundance of gloss black plastic trim surrounding the infotainment screen, which detracts from the overall look and gives the XF a cheaper feeling than buyers would expect. But despite feeling confined, the interior is spacious, affording class-leading levels of legroom and trunk volume, along with plush, supportive seating arrangements.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Dashboard
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Seating and Interior Space

A generously spaced cabin is a hallmark of the XF, seating five occupants relatively easily, although four will be more comfortable. Every trim comes with power-adjustable front seats with a memory function, the Premium trim boasting eight-way adjustability while the S trim which has 18-way power-adjustable sports seats. Heated front seats come standard on the Prestige, Checkered Flag, and S models, and heated rear seats and ventilated front seats are optional extras. The XF has front headroom of 37.5 inches and front legroom of 41.4 inches, which along with the wide range of adjustability means drivers of any height are accommodated comfortably. In the rear, there are 37.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom, which is slightly more than most of the rivals in its class, giving rear passengers the sense that they can stretch out.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Being a Jaguar, there's a wide selection of materials on offer to make the interior extra special. There's Latte and Light Oyster, as well as the traditional black offering for the upholstery on most trims, while the S derivative gets Pimento Red and Ebony, Light Oyster and Ebony, and Brogue upholstery options on full-leather sports seats with contrasting stitching. Upholstery is imitation leather on the Premium models, with grained leather on higher trims. Along with each choice of upholstery, everything from the veneer inlay to the suede-cloth headlining can be customized, with the former offering a range of woods, gloss black, and carbon fiber finishes, and the latter available in either Ebony or Light Oyster. The upper dash is finished in stitched leather in a variety of colors, while the central dash finisher can be had in a choice of finishes from Morse Code Aluminum to Dark Hex Aluminum.

XF Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

The Jaguar XF has a massive 19.1 cubic foot trunk which blows away competitors like the Lexus GS with only 14.3 cubic feet, and the BMW 5 Series with only 14.5 cubic feet. It is also deep and wide to easily accommodate large boxes, and the gooseneck trunk lid arms don't get in the way of loading.

Interior storage is also practical, with enough compartments for small odds and ends. The XF has overhead sunglasses storage and a large center console with two USB ports, and a 12V power outlet. The front and rear cupholders are decent-sized, as are the, with the front and rear door pockets. There's also front seatback storage which is ideal for slimmer items, and a small storage tray on the center console for loose change or smartphone.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Trunk Space
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Rear View
2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Rear View Driving
  • Trunk Volume
    17.8 ft³

XF Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

When it comes to features, the XF has enough to keep most people happy, but still lags behind the class leaders in a very competitive segment.

The entry-level Premium model comes with a power sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a power-adjustable steering column, imitation leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable front seats with memory function. It also has a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, heated mirrors, and keyless start. Going up the range, heated seats, a Wi-fi hotspot, a heads-up display, four-zone climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats are also available. There are also a number of driver-assist features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and drowsy driver warning system available.

Infotainment

It may lack in intuitiveness, but it isn't lacking in size, as the standard infotainment system in the XF boasts a ten-inch touchscreen paired with an 11-speaker Meridian sound system including a subwoofer. The standard system boasts AM/FM radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB/Auxiliary inputs, with the option to equip SiriusXM capability (standard on the S). Smartphone integration has been made standard for 2020, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay no longer optional systems, while Jaguar's smartphone app allows owners to monitor the car's status and control certain features remotely. Navigation is standard on higher trims and optional on the Premium models, while on the Prestige and S trims, buyers can upgrade the sound system to a 17-speaker Meridian setup.

XF Sedan Problems and Reliability

There have been no recalls issues for the last two year model XFs, however, some prior models were recalled for problems such as fuel leaks and failed airbag deployment. But owner-reported issues are few and far between, and thanks to Jaguar's five-year/60,000-mile maintenance plan, a basic warranty of five years/60,000-miles, as well as a drivetrain warranty of five years/60,000 miles, ownership should be a relatively trouble-free affair.

XF Sedan Safety

Neither the IIHS and the NHTSA have evaluated the Jaguar XF, however European authorities rated the XF a best-possible five-star rating. The US tests are generally more stringent, but when tested, we expect the XF to yield similar results.

Key Safety Features

The Jaguar XF comes with a wide array of both safety features and driver aids to ensure safe traveling. The standard safety equipment across the range includes four-wheel ABS, tire pressure monitor, stability control, traction control, emergency brake assist, and post-collision system. It also has six airbags including dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags. On higher trims, and also available lower down as optional extras, are front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a drowsy driver monitor, while traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera are also available.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Jaguar XF Sedan a good car?

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's the Price of the 2020 Jaguar XF Sedan?

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 the 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.

2020 Jaguar XF Sedan Models

There are four trims available in the XF range, the Premium, the Prestige, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition, and the S, with three engines available in a range of configurations. Both the Premium and the Prestige are available in RWD and AWD, while the Checkered Flag and S are AWD-only. Regardless of engine and drivetrain, all use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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

The Prestige has more features like keyless entry, onboard navigation, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats with lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, perforated Grained leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Prestige is also offered with a choice of either 25t or 30t engines.

The Checkered Flag Limited Edition is exclusively equipped with the 30t motor and comes with 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, onboard navigation, a digital instrument cluster, blind-spot detection, a heads-up display. It also has exclusive styling features like the Assertive Black Pack exterior design styling, spoiler, body-colored side sills, "S" bumpers with body-colored cheeks, and gloss black checkered flag side vents.

The S is the top of the range model with similar features to the Prestige but adds a body kit, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, 18-way electric sports front seats, and of course the exclusive 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
$51,100
25t Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$55,550
30t Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$58,550
30t Checkered Flag Limited Edition
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$66,600
S
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$68,200
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Additional Packages

To further customize the XF, a number of additional packages, as well as standalone options are available. Some of them include:

The Driver Assistance Pack, which is available on the Premium and Prestige models adds adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, blind-spot detection, advanced emergency braking, traffic sign detection, a 360-degree camera, blind-spot detection, intelligent speed limiter, and park assist.

The $2,150 Luxury Interior Upgrade Pack is available on the S, adding four-zone climate control an electric rear sunblind, manual rear side window blinds, four-zone climate control, and an ambient lighting upgrade with ten color options.

The Vision Assist Pack is priced at $1,750, and is available on the Premium and Prestige, adding LED headlights with DRL lights, and automatic high beam assist, reverse traffic detection, blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive front lighting.

There's also a Comfort and Convenience Pack for $2,235, which adds heated and cooled front seats with heated rear seats, a gesture tailgate, and soft door close functionality.

The Technology Pack adds an 825W Meridian Digital Sound System, CD/DVD player, and an interactive driver display for $945.

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 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.

See Lexus GS Review

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 as the rivals have upped their game. Pricing for the entry-level 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. The XF may present better value for money, but the E-Class is the one to buy if money is no object.

See Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Review

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