2010 Jaguar XF | new car review

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 by









When Jaguar first introduced the XF sedan in 2008 it effectively kick-started a new generation of cars for the big cat.

Cars sold by Jaguar before the XF were unashamedly retro with many styling cues taken from early classics, however dwindling sales forced Jaguar into rethinking this strategy and the XF was the first new Jaguars.

It’s a four-door executive sedan aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. A number of engines are offered on the 2010 model ranging from the entry-level 238bhp 3.0-litre V6 that provides relaxed and refined motoring, through to a 510bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with 510bhp and a tendency to smoke its rear tyres. For those who are torn between the two, there is also a non-supercharged version of the 5.0-litre V8 available with a more manageable 385bhp.

All XFs come with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to the rear wheels. Four trim levels are offered – though even those choosing the base model aren’t going to feel short-changed – it’s call Luxury after all. Rich wood veneers and leather seats – complete with electronic adjustment controls – are standard fit. The top level Portfolio models are fitted with a world-class premium sound system and a suede headlining.

And whilst the XF looks pretty good from the outside, it’s on the inside that Jaguar firmly shows its hand. Instead of a dour business-like interior as favoured by the XF’s German competition, the Jaguar has a much more contemporary feel. At night, the whole cabin is bathed in ice cool blue lighting, as well as the rising gear selector, the air vents swivel open when the engine starts – it just feels rather special for all those onboard.

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