2009 Jaguar XF

By Jonathan Spira on 1 February 2009
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The XF is the first of a new generation of Jaguars and introduces Jaguar’s new elegant design language.jaguar9_17a8 (Large)

The interior blends old-world craftsmanship with twenty-first century materials and technology.  Wood paneling on the center console is complemented by an elegant, textured aluminum on the dash, giving this traditional British motorcar a Scandinavian cool.  All instruments and controls glow in a bluish color.

Starting the Jag is a bit of theater: depress the brake and then the pulsing start/stop button and the rotary gear selector rises from the center console; air vents then rotate into the open position.  The JaguarSense system uses proximity detection to open the glove box or turn on the overhead lights.  Seats are comfortable and provide excellent support.  The Jag hits its stride cruising along the highway at 75 mph or so.  The suspension absorbs bumps but still provides a hint of road feel.  The six-speed transmission with paddle shifters responds quickly and a quick tug on the lever simultaneously slips the throttle and downshifts as we would brake while approaching a corner.

The cabin is silent until you mash the accelerator and you hear the Jag’s impressive exhaust note (with the car’s heft, it sounds faster that it is).  Inside, the superb Bowers and Wilkins sound system provides music for your journey.  Our Jag came equipped with a blind-spot monitor (very useful), adaptive cruise control (very safe), and a large satnav display (very confusing).

2009 Jaguar XF
Base price/price-as-tested $55,200/$63,125
Drivetrain Front engine,
Engine 4.2-liter V-8
Wheelbase (inches) 114.5
Length x width x height (inches) 195.3 x 73.9 x ??
0-60 mph (seconds) 6.2
EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg) 16/25

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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