"2009 Jaguar XF Premium"
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2009 Jaguar XF Premium
>> [ 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.
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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,
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>> 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.
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