Improvements to the XFR’s cabin keep it at the top of the super saloon pecking order

What is it?

In a sense the XFR has it all to lose – this is, after all, one of the few cars to have been awarded a five-star rating in an Autocar road test.

Wise to this, Jaguar has sensibly resisted the temptation to alter the dynamic set-up. Mechanically, this is the same car we tested in 2009. What has changed is its appearance. Like the rest of the XF range, there are new, slimmer, XJ-style headlamps along with a reshaped bonnet and bumper. Together, this gives the XF a more assertive face.

What's it like

However, the biggest news is in the cabin, because Jaguar has addressed several aspects of the XF’s interior that we weren’t so sure about.

Rubber-esque soft-touch plastic replaces the faux aluminium switchgear. That might sound like a retrograde step but, personally, I think it is superior in appearance, to the touch and in the actual movement of the buttons. These are small things, but thin-feeling switchgear can so easily destroy the sense of premium.

Jaguar has also upgraded the combined navigation, ventilation and entertainment touchscreen – with simplified control logic, enhanced resolution and new icons.

Although it is still not quite class leading, it is at least now not embarrassed by a Skoda Superb. Interestingly, though, this system surpasses that fitted to the XJ, meaning that Jag’s cheapest car now has its best sat-nav.

Elsewhere, the XFR is as impressive as it ever was – effortlessly rapid, with a spectacularly broad range of abilities.

Should I buy one?

Far from losing anything, the enhancements keep the XFR at the top of the class, especially given that, at £65,350, it undercuts rivals from Mercedes and Porsche. The risk on the horizon is the new BMW M5 but, as the XKR-S illustrates, Jaguar probably has something in reserve.

Jamie Corstorphine

Jaguar XFR

Price: £65,350; Top speed: 155mph (limited); 0-62mph: 4.9sec; Economy: 22.5mpg; CO2: 292g/km; Kerb weight: 1891kg; Engine: V8, 5000cc, supercharged; Power: 503bhp at 6500rpm; Torque: 461lb ft at 5500rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd automatic

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NathanS 18 May 2012

For me it's just a fair car.

For me it's just a fair car.

Rich_uk 5 June 2011

Re: Jaguar XFR 2012

Judy Finnegan wrote:
Ignore him Special One. You're another one that I notice this person has it in for in just about every thread.

Hypocrite! You have it in for LA and it's like watching the school bully. You've clearly been on this forum before and kicked out so try and be a bit more mature this time.

When you stick to car comments you have some refreshing views so stick to them!

Special One, the XFR has a splendid interior, a cracking engine, great looks (okay, not a universal view) and more of a head-turner than the others you mention. It's not just about straight-line speed. Oh, and PLEASE stop making digs about Porsche. It's tedious and adds nothing to the forum.

supermanuel 5 June 2011

Re: Jaguar XFR 2012

The Special One wrote:
Top of the pecking order? Your'e off your rocker. Nationalistic guff.