New all-wheel-drive XF will arrive in UK dealerships in the spring, priced from £36,350
12 January 2016

The Jaguar XF has been updated for 2016 and now includes the option of all-wheel drive for the first time.

The executive saloon - a rival for the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Volvo S90, Audi A6 and new Mercedes-Benz E-Class - will follow other Jaguar models, including the F-Type and XE, by being offered in all-wheel-drive form. The all-wheel-drive XF will only be available with one engine option: a 178bhp version of Jaguar's four-cylinder Ingenium diesel.

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Equipped with this powertrain, Jaguar says the AWD XF can reach 60mph from rest in 7.9sec - 0.2sec slower than the corresponding two-wheel-drive car - and reach a top speed of 136mph. Fuel consumption is a claimed 57.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 129g/km when connected to Jaguar's eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jaguar says the AWD XF is the lightest saloon in its class, thanks to the manufacturer's aluminium architecture. The car weighs approximately 105kg more than the corresponding two-wheel-drive models.

The new XF derivative uses the same Intelligent Driving Dynamics (IDD) system as the AWD F-Type - a car we recently awarded with a four-star rating. The system delivers all of the torque to the rear wheels during normal driving conditions but transfers torque to the front axle when it senses a loss of traction. Torque can also be shuffled to the front axle to mitigate oversteer during fast cornering by providing yaw damping.

Jaguar's Configurable Dynamics system, which enables the driver to tune settings for the suspension, steering, throttle and transmission via the infotainment system, is also being offered. The system was originally only available on models with V6 engines. An Adaptive Surface Response system, which replaces the current Rain, Ice and Snow mode in the Jaguar Drive Control unit, optimises the car's settings to suit different types of surfaces.

Announcing the new model, Jaguar Land Rover's director of group sales operations Andy Goss said: “The XF accounted for almost 29% of Jaguar’s total global fleet volume in the first six months of this financial year, and the introduction of 180PS diesel all-wheel-drive model will help to make it even more successful."

The XF AWD is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in the spring. Prices will start at £36,350 - only a small increase over the £32,300 of the standard entry-level saloon.

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12 January 2016

Well who gives a sh*t - buy winter tyres surely then 4 x 4 is a waste of time/money especially on a car like this - oops, forgot that JLR is Autocar's major sponsor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 January 2016
toptidy wrote:

Well who gives a sh*t - buy winter tyres surely then 4 x 4 is a waste of time/money especially on a car like this - oops, forgot that JLR is Autocar's major sponsor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a blinkered view of the world you have - the UK/Autocar aren't Jaguar's main market, North America is and it has lost out big time up to now in their "snow belt" where 4wd is an absolute.

It makes absolute sense, both from a marketing and engineering point of view - Jaguar have access to much 4wd expertise within the JLR group.

12 January 2016
toptidy wrote:

Well who gives a sh*t - buy winter tyres surely then 4 x 4 is a waste of time/money especially on a car like this - oops, forgot that JLR is Autocar's major sponsor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winter tyres in the rain in the summer?!


12 January 2016

Putting a small, low power engine in the AWD seems a funny choice. Here in Switzerland from what I can see about 85% of BMW 5 series are AWD. The two most common models are the 528i and the 530d xdrive. Given you're lugging more weight around it would have seemed sensible to continue using the 3 litre supercharged which they did for the last XF.

12 January 2016

Who gives a sh*t, apparently about 85% of BMW 5 series drivers in Switzerland.

 

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12 January 2016

And most of North America! Some people should think before they speak!

12 January 2016
Autocar wrote:

Prices will start at £36,350 - only a small increase over the £32,300 of the standard entry-level saloon.

Nice sales job there! I don't consider £4k a small increase, especially when the competition typically charge £1500 for the addition of 4x4. JLR do like charging top whack..


12 January 2016
bomb wrote:
Autocar wrote:

Prices will start at £36,350 - only a small increase over the £32,300 of the standard entry-level saloon.

Nice sales job there! I don't consider £4k a small increase, especially when the competition typically charge £1500 for the addition of 4x4. JLR do like charging top whack..

A quick glance at Jaguar's website shows it's already listed. The £36,350 price is for Prestige 180PS AWD Auto. The equivalent Prestige 180PS RWD Auto is £34,550, so it's £1800 more like for like.

12 January 2016
EndlessWaves wrote:

A quick glance at Jaguar's website shows it's already listed. The £36,350 price is for Prestige 180PS AWD Auto. The equivalent Prestige 180PS RWD Auto is £34,550, so it's £1800 more like for like.

I'm with bomb here - whilst you're quite right in that it's actually £1,800 more than the RWD version, surely a motoring publication like Autocar should be able to carry out their own research before publishing an article. The use of the term 'only a small increase' sounds too much like a JLR Press Release, rather than the words of an impartial journalist (makes you wonder, doesn't it?).

12 January 2016

Is it really a £4k surcharge for 4WD? Seems excessive! Good car but I hope the range of engines offered with 4WD increases soon... oh, and a new XF estate would be nice.

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