The Jaguar XF has been a revolutionary entry in to the executive saloon sector. A former What Car? Car of the year, it showed that buyers are no longer restricted to a choice from one of the 'big three' when looking for a capable and versatile saloon. Arriving in March 2008, the XF set standards in both driving and quality that other cars in the sector have been working towards since.
The Jaguar has it all in terms of ride refinement and performance, thanks to a supple chassis which offers a smooth motorway drive. Combined with a range of efficient yet tenacious diesel engines, the XF also makes a competent company car. High equipment levels feature across the range, with an ergonomic interior and engaging driving position key features of the saloon.
Then of course there's the looks, which never fail to stand out, whilst the post-2012 facelift is modelled on the exquisite Jaguar XJ. The Jaguar truly lives up to its name with a poised, feline-like stance and muscular haunches. Furrowed, focused headlights and LED running lights complete a very accomplished car. Even after the XF enters its seventh year of production, it's still one of the best looking in the class.
Great driving characteristics, efficient engines and timeless looks mean that a used Jaguar XF is a clever purchase. Additionally, Jaguar have slimmed down their available trim levels for new Jaguar XF vehicles , as well as their range of engines, meaning that some equipment and engine specifications and are now exclusive to the used market.
Key used Jaguar XF trim levels:
XF SE: No longer available in new models as a standalone trim level, standard equipment on the base XF is generous. The XF SE offers visual embellishments such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and stylish Xenon headlights. Practical additions such as rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and automatic windscreen wipers are included.
Inside, a 7-inch colour touchscreen display which controls all media functions on the car also comes as standard, controlling technology such as the Bluetooth system and mood lighting. DAB radio and MP3 connectivity join stop/start technology as standard features, whilst all models come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox from 2012 onwards.
XF SE Business and XF Sport: The most popular trim at launch, SE Business boasts the addition of Sat-Nav, and a redesigned front bumper and grille with extended side skirts. The Sport trim also adds a Sat-Nav and DVD player, plus large 18-inch alloy wheels and redesigned air intakes.
XF Luxury: The luxury added lavish features such as a full leather upholstery, as well as satellite navigation - a hugely popular feature when looking at used models.
XF Premium Luxury: The next significant step up, the XF Premium Luxury trim offers a soft-grain leather upholstery, extensive six-way seat adjustment parameters, and fully heated seats. The revised interior is complimented by a professional 380W Meridian Audio Sound System, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
XF Portfolio and XF Diesel S: Part of a new trim level, the XF Portfolio equipment list builds on the Premium luxury with a full 3D 770W Meridian Surround Sound System, and 18-way fully adjustable electric seats which are heated and cooled with position memory. The Diesel S boasts similar features with the addition of 20-inch alloy wheels, in comparison with the Portfolio's standard 19 inch alloys.
Key Used Jaguar XF Petrol Engines:
Engine: 3.0 Litre V6 Petrol (2007 - 2012)
Available Trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury
Details: The 3.0 Litre V6 petrol has been available since the launch of the Jaguar XF, but has now since been discontinued on new models. This engine produces 238bhp, with a 0-60 figure of just 7.9 seconds. Economy for the V6 petrol stands at 27mpg on the combined cycle and 249g/km emissions of CO2.
Engine: 5.0 Litre V8 Petrol (2007 - 2012)
Available Trims: Premium Luxury
Details: The V8 petrol sat at the top of the Jaguar XF range, just below the Jaguar XFR-S in terms of performance. Again discontinued, it was replaced by a smaller, more efficient engine in 2012. However a used Jaguar XF 5.0 V8 still packs a punch, with a peak power of 385bhp and just a 5.5 second sprint to 60mph. impressively, it still manages 25mpg - only 2mpg less than the V6.
Engine: 3.0 Litre V6 Supercharged Petrol (2012-2014)
Available Trims: Premium Luxury, Portfolio
Details: This impressive supercharged V6 unit replaces both earlier petrol powerplants, and also finds itself as an option in the Jaguar F-Type. Economy is up to 30mpg - an improvement over both engines- whilst emissions are down to 224g/km. Performance sits in the middle of both, with 335bhp and makes a compelling case for the petrol engine range.
Key Used Jaguar XF Diesel Engines:
Engine: 3.0 Litre V6 Diesel (2008-2014)
Available Trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury
Details: The 3.0 litre diesel was brought in to replace to XF 2.7 diesel model in 2009, which was the engine used in the old Jaguar S-Type. This new 3.0 Litre V6 engine offers two outputs, including a lower-powered version in the 3.0D with 237bhp. This also means better emissions of 47 mpg on the combined cycle, and 159g/km - which make it ideal for business use.
Engine: 3.0 Litre V6 Diesel S (2008-)
Available Trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Diesel S
Details: The uprated version, the turbocharged 3.0D S, is available exclusively in XF Diesel S trim. This engine is 38bhp better off than the standard diesel, providing ample power for most uses but still offering the impressive economy of the standard 3.0 Diesel. Plus, It's only 0.4 seconds off the 0-60mph time of the 5.0 litre V8 petrol: not bad for a smaller diesel engine.
Engine: 2.2D (2011-)
Available Trims: SE, Luxury, Premium Luxury, R-Sport, Portfolio
Details: The Jaguar XF 2.2D comes in two variants - one rated at 198bhp and one at 163bhp. However, it's the lower powered variant which is most impressive, for a number of reasons. It comes available as a stop/start variant - which are the used models to look out for because they up the economy to 57.7mpg, and lower the emissions by 6g/km. The 198bhp variant means you can get to 60mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds, and whilst the economy is still good at 52mpg, it can't outweigh the economy benefits of the 163bhp XF.