Jaguar has borrowed much of what makes the smaller XE such a desirable compact executive car to make the latest XF. That`s no bad thing, though, as by upscaling its sibling Jaguar has made the new car spacious, enjoyable to drive and desirable.
While the looks are sharper, the overall formula is a refinement of the original XF, with better rear seat access and more space once you`re inside. Quality is generally improved, too, although it still falls behind the best in the class for overall fit-and-finish. The Germans also offer slicker and cleverer in-car technology.
Lightweight aluminium construction and a range of efficient engines help the XF deliver low running costs for company car users, while the car benefits from Jaguar`s proven handling know-how to deliver a composed and engaging driving experience. It`ll also happily dial back from sporty saloon to cossetting cruiser, with a refined and comfortable ride.
Sharp styling, a strong range of engines and an engaging chassis mean the XF is right near the top of its class and well worth considering alongside its German rivals.
When Jaguar launched the first-generation XF back in 2007, it marked a turning point for the British manufacturer. The reason being, the XF helped revive the brand financially, which importantly the second-generation version has continued to build upon since it was revealed in 2015. XFs from 2015 onwards have come with sharper styling previewed on the smaller XE, while its updated interior (rearranged giving more space) and extra kit helped boost the XF`s appeal.
The XF arrived 12 months after the Jaguar XE came on the scene and as a result of this, some of the same technology from the smaller car can be found in the XF. Unlike the XE though, the XF is available as both a saloon and an estate, or Sportbrake as Jaguar calls it.