2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 SportBrian Cooley test-drives Jaguar's best-selling model, the Jaguar XF, and checks the tech.
Boy, Jaguar makes a lot of cars these days. You've got XE, XF, XJ, XK, F Type. Let's drive the bestseller of them all, though. This is the XF three-liter, supercharged V6 in the fourth rim. And check the check. [MUSIC] Now, XFs come in this kind of dizzying array of configurations. There's a two-liter, in-line turbo four. Then you've got these three-liter supercharged V6es. In all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. Then above this, you've got three variants of 5-liter V8, each with different levels of performance and power. There's also a Sportbrake Wagon style, but that doesn't come to the U.S. because we're so in love with SUV's and crossovers. And Jaguar's got one of those coming as well. The RX-F is very middle of the pack. We've got the 3 liter V6 supercharge rear wheel drive, only in this case, and we have the sport addition. Which means we get a little lip spoiler on the trunk, We get some door sill arrow add ons and these very cool looking 20 inch throw back alloys [MUSIC] Now Jaguar's been given to doing goof in their car lately you turn the thing on and these motorized vent doors open up and this gear shift knob rises to your hand for no good reason, just because they can. Here is the head unit that is standard in this XF, including navigations, rear camera. A lot of good things happen here without any optional cost. On the other hand, it's a dated interface. It's relatively small and it's relatively square. I will give a good marks though for quick touch responsive. This is one of the best. Systems I've driven lately in terms of getting in touch quickly and getting it right the first time. But compared to the beauty of this cabin which is kind of restrained and elegant, this is an ugly little mess. You've got gradients on the buttons. You've got. Whose synthetic chrome highlights that give you a supposed convex shape. You've got double-lined boxes around everything. It's busy and not terribly glanceable, to my eye. Now, as good as that touch response is, voice command is also good and bad. It's very clear and crisp. You just say what's on the screen and it seems to get it every time. On the other hand it's not a free form system and you can't give it an address in one big gulp. You have to go bucket by bucket by bucket. Media choices you're. Not really missing anything with HD radio, satellite radio, USB in here, you've got Bluetooth streaming of course what's not in this car though is an app based environment nothing for media streaming and no live search to power your navigation either. Now in terms of drive controls, right behind the start/stop button, you've got this large controller that is your transmission control, and you've got a sport mode as part of that. Paddle shifters on the wheel. And you've got a dynamic mode here to really get things more gutsy and dial back stability control. But beyond that, it's not terribly complex in terms of how you can set up it's personality. Now, up here in the engine bay, as I mentioned, we've got the 3 litre V6 supercharged car. This is kind of the middle of the powertrain line up if you will and the sweet spot for most buyers. The numbers are good, 340 horse, 322 pound feet of torque. Gets this nearly four thousand pound car up to 60 in 5.7 seconds while delivering 18/28 mpg and in all variants the only transmission is the HP automatic. Now the first thing I do in the XF, no offense Jag, is turn off this eco mode 'cause that. Disables auto start, stop in a car like that is so smoothly engineered, it's really marring of it's ride to have it on. The next thing you notice is. This car has really smooth right now power and plenty of it. Ergo's generally good all around the car things follow where I want them, it's got a nice lay out to the center console. I will say this. Some of the horsiest, thickest, center pillars in the biz are right here. I mean you can, you can lose another car in one of these under the right circumstances. So three impressions overall the power. It comes on super smooth, very willing and breathless. Thank you to supercharger. Secondly, the transmission is very buttery, but also avoids being sloppy, and while it handles well as an overall chassis, it retains the Jaguar quality. That does mean though, that it comes a little unglued at the edges. You'll enjoy driving this car all day long you just won't like it so much if you're trying a canyon racing M5. Now pricing on XF about $58,000 out the door in this. Sport trim. Now because of that we have the 20 inch alloy wheels that look great. We actually have a lesser audio system. You can add all-wheel drive to either V6 for $2,700 but aside from doing that it's a $58,000 car CNET style.