Friday, February 8, 2013
The 2012 Jaguar XF ranks 3 out of 15 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 47 published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar XF, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
However, these advances don’t make the XF perfect. Reviewers say that many functions still require you to work through a series of on-screen menus to access audio, navigation and climate control functions. This can require a little extra time and attention, but shoppers looking for value should appreciate that the XF comes standard with ample tech features such as navigation, Bluetooth and USB connections.
Other Cars to Consider
It’s tough to match the Jaguar XF’s combination of V8 power, standard interior tech and value. However, if you’re looking for all-wheel drive, or a fuel-efficient engine, the XF comes up short. Rivals like the Infiniti M and the BMW 5-Series both have optional V8 power and all-wheel drive, but they’ll also cost significantly more.
A V8-equipped Infiniti M56 costs about $6,000 more than the base XF, which starts at $53,000. Additionally, adding all-wheel drive to the Infiniti takes the price up to $61,600, about $8,500 more than the Jaguar. A V8-powered BMW 550i is an even more expensive choice. Expect to pay $60,200 and $62,500 for rear- and all-wheel drive models, respectively.
However, if you’re willing to forgo V8 power, standard tech, like navigation and all-wheel drive, both the BMW 5-Series and the Infiniti M will significantly undercut the XF’s price and deliver better fuel economy. You can save more than $5,000 by opting for the Infiniti M37, while the base BMW 528i undercuts the Jaguar’s price by nearly $8,000. So while the Jaguar XF is a V8 bargain, it still prices itself out of the competition if you’re comparing base models.
The Jaguar XF is available in four trim levels: base, Portfolio, Supercharged and XFR. Both base and Portfolio trims receive a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, while the Supercharged and the XFR offer 470 and 510 horsepower, respectively, with the help of a supercharger and the same 5.0-liter V8.
All XF models come standard with a 7-inch touch screen display which controls audio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control and navigation. Rear parking sensors, heated front seats and push-button ignition also come standard. Portfolio, Supercharged and XFR trims also come equipped with larger wheels, front parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a backup camera and an upgraded, suede-like headliner.
Base models start at $53,000, while Portfolio models add $6,000 to the price tag. Opt for a supercharged powerplant, and the price will jump to roughly $68,000 for an XF Supercharged or $82,000 for an XFR.