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Jaguar XF saloon

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gasmeter

Jag XF 3.0 Deseil S, Portfolio (brilliant, but thirsty)

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 S Portfolio 4dr Auto (Review date: 24th October '14)

4.3

Owned a '09 Portfolio Diesel 'S' for about 2 years. Fantastic car to drive, beautifully finished inside, always a delight to own and very, very quick. Only problems were it's actually overpowered and in the wet the rear wheels letting go will give you nightmares on roundabouts and slippery roads - and, it only averaged about 28 mpg. That's at least 10 mpg worse than my earlier '05 BMW 530D M-Sport. They are a very similar proposition. The BMW is cheaper to own but the Jag was much more exclusive, faster and felt more 'special'. However, i got fed up with the mpg, the tail-happy tendency & low profile tyres (harsh on bumps) and have gone back to comfy 4x4 land (get similar mpg in a Range Rover!).

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jaguarsmiles

Wonderful Choice

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Premium Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 26th July '14)

4.5

Bought the XF from H A Fox Doncaster, who gave impeccable sales service and superb car preparation. I was at once impressed with the smooth and effortless driving experience from the XF, and that is unchanged to this day. Brings smiles to my face each time!

Diesel consumption over 4,600 miles since ownership is 39.4mpg - very good for 3.0L and a heavy car. Zero oil usage.

Most controls, especially the cruise controls, climate controls very easy to use.

The rear reversing camera is a must for this car, as the rear view is so limited, especially restricted by the rear brake lights cover at the bottom of rear window. The camera makes for much easier and accurate parking. Front parking sensor also very helpful due to the relatively high view over the bonnet.

Downsides:

The central multi-purpose screen is slow and not very easy to use.

There are very few storage cubicles and no trays/small cubicles for coins, change, even your mobile/cellphone.

Boot is very restricted for this size of car, and very shallow.

Paintwork (liquid silver on mine) is very susceptible to chips, and minor damage (much more so than the silver paintwork on my previous Audi).

The 19" wheels with 10 twin spokes represent Jaguar designers gone mad, and a nightmare to clean.

All in all, an extremely comfortable car to drive, and after all these years, the design stills looks fresh and modern, and attracts much attention.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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reginald77

Reginald Molehusband

JAGUAR XF 2.2d Sport 4dr Auto (Review date: 19th March '14)

5

Brilliant car so easy to drive. The gearing makes the driving so very easy and the paddles you can use instead of the automatic gearbox are great fun. Sport mode gets that extra performance especially useful when overtaking. The ride is firm but very comfortable. Steering feels very positive and gives confidence on cornering.

When traveling abroad after several hours driving you are able to get out and wonder if you have really driven so far! Fuel consumption is excellent for such a car and have regularly exceeded 50mpg on trips. Not so good around town for short trips, could only get 35mpg or so!

SatNav not so good though, great for round town but on long trips you really have to check where it reckons you should go.

Looking behind to right or left (not in mirrors) is not so good with vision blocked by pillars (EU regulations!!). My wife loves it especially the assistance provided by the parking aid and rear-view camera.

Overall a great car, thanks Jaguar.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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bonzo

Love it despite a few flaws

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Premium Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 15th March '14)

4.3

Bought from unfranchised dealer with ### and full dealer history. No reliability issues so far, and build quality is superb. Solid thunk to doors. If you're buying an earlier car like this then the extra for the Premium Luxury is minimal and it's worth seeking one out for the memory seats (brilliant if 2 of you use the car, adjusts the seat mirrors and even steering column to perfection), better leather and leather dash, heated seats, heated windscreen (excellent), better stereo and key-free entry, which means you don't need to take the key from your pocket at all. Also the 19-inch wheels unquestionably look better than the standard Luxury's 18-inch, and you get a proper spare tyre. Rear boot amazingly deep, and unlike some saloons the seats fold.

Downsides: ride is too firm around town despite not having , I miss the cossetting ride on my (new shape) Citroen C5. Everything seems to have to be 'sporty' these days - why? You don't buy a big exec to be sporty in. It handles fantastically well in corners but the car is so luxurious and beautiful inside that you don't want to throw it around corners; Jags used to have a legendary floating ride, not any more. It's good at speed though. Legroom & headroom in back not great. Economy not as billed: 36mpg on a run, 28mpg around town. Satnav slightly slow at times.

But it's the looks and interior that just make you grin every time you approach it and sit in it, and the faults just fade into the background. It's gorgeous from every angle, looks superb in red with ivory leather (I found the barley just too beige), and the interior is just so far ahead of Audi or (especially) BMW 5's in detailing, character, use of different materials and colours. Only when driving over a pothole in town is the dream disturbed.

Buy one and be happy.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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lawrencestones

super jag

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 22nd February '14)

4.8

best car ive had for comfort and reliability owned for 3yrs now with only brake pads required after running bmw cars al my life just realised what ive been missing certainly reccomend this car Only drawback is cant sea much when reversing Go for the 3ltr diesel very fast and economical

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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syedkamal

Mr Kamal

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 28th January '14)

4.8

I have had this car for quite a while now and to be honest it is probably the best car I have ever bought. The jaguar xf is a real head turner.

On the road this car feels really agile, and very sporty. When driving around town the suspension is quite firm and does surprise you a little bit.

Reliability wise this car hasn't had any faults and I am very peaked however I have heard that the parts and tyres are very expensive.

For daily us this car is very good. It is very spacious in the back and boot space is excellent. It can be quite hard to navigate around town due to the sheer size of the car. It doesn't return the advertised mpg. The xf returns, from my use, just 32mpg which isn't that bad but it is very thirsty. On the long run it returns 38mpg.

In conclusion this car is magnificent and my kids and wife adore it however you are going to have to watch your wallet. The looks are just outstanding and I would definitely recommend this car.

Kamal.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stephan.weber

The sheer power makes you smile

JAGUAR XF 5.0 V8 Supercharged XFR 4dr Auto (Review date: 23rd January '14)

4.8

I've been driving the XFR 09 for almost a year and it hasn't given me any sort of trouble.

The legroom in the back is not great, but ok, the driving position requires a bit of time to get used to...but the car drives great and feels great.

I would buy another one without thinking twice...

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mattlon

Urban Driver

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Premium Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 10th September '13)

3.8

Wonderful comfortable car, sporty and fast. The Jaguar has now very good build quality and the diesel is perfect for motorway and driving on rural roads.

There are only a couple of negative aspects; cramped interior and if you live in a very urban area with lots of few mile rides, then you will have problems with the diesel particulate filter. I have had to take the car for a longer drives to clean the filter almost every week. Therefore, the diesel (like any diesel) is not suitable for short shopping/school runs in an urban area. If you buy used, make sure it has premium brand tyres, otherwise handling characteristics will suffer. Since the dashboard is leather, make sure it is conditioned regularly.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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vajazzled

A joy to drive

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 Premium Luxury 4dr Auto (Review date: 17th August '13)

4.8

I absolutely love my XF. It is a joy to drive, incredibly stylish and the Jaguar attention to detail is second to none. Being under 5 ft finding a comfortable driving position is usually a big challenge for me but with fully adjustable seat and steering wheel positions that has never been a problem with the XF and the all round visibility is good.

I guess the thing I like best about the XF is the combination of power and comfort and I think Jaguar have got the balance just right here. The ride is on the soft side but not too soft. Even when cruising at 100mph there's plenty of poke if needed and the engine is always a quiet purr rather than a roar. The boot has enough space for a full shopping load or two large suitcases and the rear parking camera has been a godsend. Reliability has been excellent.

I suppose the obvious drawback of owning a beast of a car like the XF is always going to be higher than average running costs but since I mainly use my car for motorway driving fuel economy has been pretty good and the insurance premiums surprisingly affordable.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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trevgo

Never again

JAGUAR XF 3.0d V6 S Portfolio 4dr Auto (Review date: 26th June '13)

2.3

This is my second XFS. Although the facelift improved the aesthetics, the "S" was turned into a much harsher beast. The engine is coarser, and the ride on 20" wheel is just way too harsh. It is no fun on the UK's decrepit road surfaces. 1 step forward, 2 back.

My biggest gripe with this car is the build quality, which is dire. It's a MY12, I've had it 12 months, and it must have been back with warranty work about 8 times. On it's 3rd set of brake discs/pads in 16000 miles. Various rattles. Doors sound like they're full of marbles when they close. The touch screen is pathetic - navigation clunky and painfully slow - downright dangerous to use on the move. SatNav equally dire, and worse than in the pre-facelift model.

Jaguar will never reach their potential until they use more solid componentry and screw it together properly. I can't justify a trade in yet, but despite how good the car looks, I'm itching to get back to the Germans. What a shame.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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