|Reviewed By||Jeff Stites|
|Price as Tested||$62,400: 3.0-L 340-hp supercharged V6, 8-speed automatic, Instinctive All Wheel Drive, Dynamic Stability Control, Meridian audio system|
As with the XK-R and F-type, the styling, fit, finish and performance are to my liking. At first glance, the XF’s exterior styling didn’t stand out. Over time, it grew on me, though. Although not my first choice initially, the British Racing Green exterior color called to me more and more, and now I think it would be my color of choice if I were to actually buy a new XF. I suppose it just seemed like a fitting color along with the one word that kept popping into my head: “heritage.” Steering, 8-speed transmission and active suspension worked great for a car of this size, although I have to say I spent most of my time in Sport mode.
At a GVW of 5,324 lbs, it didn’t exactly jump off the line, but in the snow I’d wager that it gets off the line just fine with its all-wheel-drive coming into play. As with a number of new cars we’ve driven, the seat bolsters tend to be stiff and push up on the back of my legs. I’d guess that over time they relax but an adjustment to decrease the amount bolster would be welcome.
I’d be quite comfortable using the XF as a daily or semi-daily driver. With its comfortable interior that felt roomy but not overly large, decent trunk space — at 17.7 cubic feet — great sound system, convenience options like rain-sensing wipers, well-planned ergonomics, Aston-esque rear exterior styling and distinctive Jaguar front end, it stands out without shouting “look at me.”
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|EPA Mileage||17 city/27 hwy|
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