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2009 Jaguar XF PremiumLots of tech, much of it silly. Can this car reinvent Jag?
>> [ Background music ] And now it's time for something completely different from Jaguar and here it is, the new XF, an all new model. It's kind of neither fish nor fowl, but the technology is nutty. Come on, I'll show you. ^M00:00:13 [ Music ] ^M00:00:21 Now the first thing anybody notices in the new XF is the most ridiculous thing in the new XF that is the wake up sequence. When you fire the car the vents across the dash roll around from this sleek position and the shifter, that's this thing, pops up from being flush mounted. Let's talk about that shifter. That's that big old knob there they call Jaguar drive. No levers, no buttons, you just rotate this thing back and forth to go from park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport. Now, the next thing your eye goes to is that display and a whole lot goes on in there. But one of the key issues with it is that it uses flash, but again like so much in this car that it's tack related why use flash? It's cool I guess, but it takes time. Beyond that the resolution is outstanding and the information design I find is really good as well. That's a great looking map. I like the richness of it, the fine rendering and resolution is really top-notch. Under the audio menu we've got AM FM of course, the satellite radio selection right there, compact disk of course and a very interesting portable audio interface and that's down here in the console. There's an axillary input jack, there's a USB port and there's also a dedicated iPod connecter. Oh, by the way, to get that full compliment of portable connectivity you've got to upgrade the audio system to what's called the Bowers & Wilkins option. Bowers & Wilkins branded drivers 13 of them plus one sub all powered by 440 watts of amplification and it's also got Dobly Prologic II to create synthetic surround out of digital stereo sources. Now what moves our XF? It's Jag's generally sweet AJ series V8, puts out 300 horsepower, 310 foot-pounds of torque. There's also a supercharged variant available and that puts out like 420 horse. This car moves around very nicely. Has a great exhaust note I should say that. The power goes out through a six speed automatic only and that's underneath this oddball selector we talked about. You've got the standard drive programming, plus if you push and turn you get into the sport mode programming and you've got paddle shifters back here with direct access to the gear logic. Zero to 60 happens in 6 point 2 seconds. Fuel economy is 16 city, 25 highway. We've also got an optional technology on this car which is becoming pretty hot among the luxury makers and that is a blind spot system. It's out there on the mirror. It will light up and show two cars kind of diagonally opposed when there's a car in one of your blind spots. You could easily miss it though if you're looking dead ahead. I'm not sure it's the most obvious system out there. We have adaptive cruise control option on our XF and it's easily controlled here by these four little buttons on the wheel and you just set your gap right up there on that center display. Now, optional is a rear view camera and front parking sensors. What's odd though is if you get the rear view camera, the parking sensors in the back are still there also, so you get this redundant deal of seeing and hearing. You have no excuse to bang up the back of your XF. Now, here's a great big slice so wacky it's called Jaguar sense. That right there is the glove box button, but it doesn't work for me. It works great for Mitch. Mitch, show them how it works. Oh, you got to love him. He's got the touch. Also extends to the dome light up here by just touching the lenses they come on, touch them again and they go off. Really cool, really useless. ^M00:03:47 [ Background Music ] ^M00:03:52 >> Let's price our XF. This guy is the premium level which is the middle car between the base car and the supercharged version. It's 56,000, but it includes navigation and an iPod connector, but if you want the USB and the AUX adaptor also that's part of the Bowers package and that's 1,900. 2,200 gets you the adaptive cruise control. 1,800 for what's called the Vision package, that's front parking sensors, rear view camera and those blind spot monitors that you see on the mirrors. This car has to do well for Jaguar because they need a fresher high tech sportier imagine. This does that with practicality.