The XF has a good driving environment, with decent visibility and comfortable seats. It feels pleasantly sporty behind the wheel, too, thanks largely to the high window line.
While it’s very smart in isolation, the XF’s cabin doesn’t match its newer rivals for glitz. The InControl infotainment system isn’t as quick to respond, or as intuitive to use, as the best systems from Audi and BMW, while the controls on the centre console look a little clunky and outdated. Fit and finish are very good, but the materials and design are rather workmanlike in places. The good news is that a mid-life update that will bring a new infotainment system and interior upgrades is due soon.
Practicality is up there with the best in class. Those in the front and back seats have enough space to stretch out, even if they’re very tall, while the boot
has an impressive capacity of 540 litres, which is slightly more than its rivals from Audi and BMW. The opening is rather narrow, however, and split/folding rear seats are optional extras for the cheaper models.
Jaguar’s reputation for creating great-driving saloon cars is well and truly upheld by the XF. The steering is sublime, with quick responses and plenty of feel, and the XF glides in and out of corners with real poise. It grips well, too, whether you’re in a rear-wheel-or four-wheel drive version. Best of all, none of this agility comes at the expense of comfort, because the ride is silky smooth on all but the worst roads.