What is it?
One of the two least expensive XFs, the other being the 2.7 V6 diesel, both of them pitched at the same price to keep things simple.
This is a higher starting price than you’ll face from rival ranges from the usual BMW, Audi and Mercedes alternatives, Jaguar absent from the popular 2.0 diesel segment because it does not have an engine that can be arranged for rear-wheel drive.
So it’s the bigger 2.7 diesel that’s expected to account for the bulk of XF sales – around 70 per cent - but some buyers will nevertheless opt for this 3.0-litre V6 despite the greater expense of running it. It returns a combined figure of 37.8mpg rather than the diesel’s 37.6mpg, and produces 249g/km of C02 to the diesel’s 199g/km.
As with all XFs the 3.0 engine is hooked up to a ZF six-speed transmission with paddle shifts, and it produces 235bhp. It’s essentially the same US-built V6 that appears in the XJ and the outgoing S-Type, the only modifications being to its calibration.
Because this entry-level XF effectively starts well up the ranges of competing models Jaguar has elected to equip it very well, not least because it wants to ensure strong residual values, which have duly been forecast. So standard kit runs to sat nav and leather, as well as 17in alloys, an electric park brake, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity.