2008 Jaguar XF | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

The beginning of a new era for Jaguar, the XF fuses the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement and space of a luxury saloon. This new model adds a new dimension to the marque with the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five  adults to enjoy an interior wholly contemporary in style yet uniquely Jaguar. Other innovative functional features inside the cabin include air-conditioning vents that present a flush dashboard surface until the ignition is switched on, at which point they elegantly rotate to the open position. The new XF employs the full gamut of all that one can find in a luxury sedan including top end audio systems, Bluetooth communications tech plus optional iPod and MP3 player connectivity with full-function control through a touch-screen – and an auxiliary port on every car for other portable audio devices are some of the highlights of the
interior. Then there is a blind spot monitor, front and rear parking aids and rear camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic speed
limiter, tyre pressure monitoring system and electronic parking brake.

The exterior styling of the XF is the first expression of Jaguar’s new design language in a sedan. The coupe-like lines of the XF belie the amount of space inside: there is room for five adults in comfort, generous interior stowage and a boot capacity of up to 540 litres (plus the opportunity to fold the rear seats and add a further 420 litres).

A range of V6 and V8 engines power the XF range which is available in different levels of trim. The XF has shift-by-wire transmission control, with Jaguar’s sequential shift system – same as in the XK sports car – used for the first time in a sedan.

The new , which replaces the S-Type sedan, has all the earmarks of a hit. It is great looking, smooth and comfortable, with the features buyers expect in this class, and then some. What is really in its favour though, is the fact that this is truly a Jaguar for the new millennium, looking ahead with modern styling and not falling back on past history to prop it up. Definitely one to watch out for!

Technical Specifications

Engine3.0-litre V64.2-litre V84.2-litre V8
Power238 bhp298 bhp416 bhp
Torque293 Nm411 Nm560 Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 189,900 upto 289,900*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Audi A6
BMW 5-Series
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Lexus GS
Cadillac STS
Infiniti M

 

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