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Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

Julian Rendell
11 March 2009

What is it?

For some people, diesel will never hold enough appeal, whatever the price of fuel. They’re the target buyers of the punchy new 380bhp 5.0-litre V8 Jaguar XF, a car that will garner just a few hundred sales in the UK but thousands in the US, where V8s are still bread-and-butter engines in luxury saloons.

But you’ll have to have deep pockets in the UK to make this decision and ignore Jag’s excellent new V6 oil-burner. The Jaguar XF 5.0 returns a thirsty 25.4mpg, while the new twin-turbodiesel promises a much more credit crunch-friendly 42.0mpg.

There is a mild green twinge to the 5.0 V8, since it already complies with Euro5 tailpipe limits a year earlier than it needs to.

What’s it like?

Where the petrol motor in the Jaguar XF scores over the diesel is refinement and rev-happy power, which even the best oil-burners still can’t match.

As in the XK, the new XF 5.0 is a really excellent engine, mixing refinement and creamy performance, all played out against a burbling V8 backing track.

Overall, this translates into a character much more in the mould of a traditional Jaguar, with a compliant yet responsive chassis.

Significantly, the suspension is about 30 per cent less stiff than the XFR’s, so the 5.0 V8 is the better option for a driver who wants suppleness and strong performance, rather than out-and-out handling and thumping acceleration.

Portfolio spec includes all manner of cosseting kit, including luxuries such as a suede-effect headlining, contrast-stitched leather trim and power-everything ventilated seats. Plus there’s an attractive new optional ebony wood veneer trim and 19in wheels as standard.

Should I buy one?

Kitted out like this, and even with the fuel-hungry V8, it’s hard to think of a better way to cover miles, particularly since the XF’s styling has matured into the best in class.

Join the debate


11 March 2009

V8 Jags have always been best of breed, and make great used car buys as despite their higher list price they devalue to within an inch of the V6 and diesel models.

It's hard to justify a 5.0 litre engine in the UK, but one that is cleaner and more efficient (as well as more powerful) than the 4.2 it replaces can only be good news.

11 March 2009


Where does Ratan Tata make his money?

And in this time of recession how many of these 40K plus cars will he have too sell too break even or make a profit?.OK, this is a newish/21st Century looking car, but why so many models? there can't be as many 40K customers as sub 25K customers!

I think there needs to be a radical re-think in this time of global recession about what cars we really need, by that i mean more affordable,cheaper to maintain,and i'm sure we could develope cheap performance cars (i.e sub 25K) Ford has started already with a car with almost giant killing potential.So come on! lets stop making luxo barges we can't afford and help the masses into affordable transport!

Peter Cavellini.

11 March 2009

[quote Peter Cavellini]lets stop making luxo barges we can't afford and help the masses into affordable transport![/quote]

Mmm... Just like Russia did?

The market itself will always decide what it wants - if there is demand for £40k cars, and there's still plenty despite the doom and gloom, then they will sell. There's plenty of affordable transport - Mr Tata is going to be offering his Nano at £4.5k for you, But would you want one?

What cars we need and what cars we want (and therefore buy) are two different things, or else we'd all be driving around in the same £5k Lada, and the lack of competition would mean it was dreadful. People like to be individual and different - you need a broad selection for different tastes / wallets. A wealthy 45 yr old may see the Focus RS as a vile hard riding chavy tasteless waste of money, and not what he wants at all, yet may think of the Jag as ideal and good value for the improved luxury.

[quote Peter Cavellini]why so many models? there can't be as many 40K customers as sub 25K customers![/quote]

Of course there aren't. thats why there are a vast amount more cars for sale under £40k than over. You can waste the afternoon counting them if you'd like.

11 March 2009

Well said Mr. Wheels.

There seems to be an assumption made by so many people on this forum that if something doesn't suit their requirements exactly- then it is utterly pointless. Huh?

I'm glad we're all different, personally. And I'm also glad that Jag wants to make cars like this. Jag isn't about motoring for the masses for crying out loud.

11 March 2009

Mmmmmm, Jag V8 burbling away....please can we replace those irritating water fountain gimmicky things with this noise please so I can have a good night's sleep?

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