2015 Jaguar XF

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What's New for 2015:
  • Base model gains standard equipment
  • 3.0 Portfolio and 3.0 Sport trim levels

The 2015 Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sport sedan. It competes against the Acura RLX, Audi A6/S6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Volvo S80.

Models and Features
For 2015, the least-expensive XF model is the 2.0T Premium, which adds a long list of standard features compared to last year's base model. The upgrades include a navigation system with Dynamic Zoom capability, premium audio system with HD Radio and satellite radio, keyless passive entry, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and split-folding rear seat with a ski pass-through. A reversing camera, front park-assist sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system are also newly included as standard equipment for this version.

The XF 3.0 Portfolio focuses on delivering added luxury, with upgraded leather upholstery with exposed stitching, suede headliner, 12-way power driver's seat adjustment, 8-way power front passenger's seat adjustment, and 4-way power lumbar adjustment, heating, and ventilation for both front seats. This version also has a more powerful surround-sound audio system, adaptive headlights, intelligent high-beam headlights, and 19-in. aluminum wheels. When all-wheel drive (AWD) is added, the XF 3.0 Portfolio includes a heated steering wheel.

The XF 3.0 Sport is the same price as the 3.0 Portfolio but is focused on performance. It has heated front sport seats with 14-way driver and 12-way passenger power adjustment, Charcoal leather upholstery with contrast stitching, black suede headliner, piano black veneer trim, and aluminum pedals. A set of 20-in. aluminum wheels is standard for this version of the XF, along with an exterior Black Pack and aerodynamic body enhancements for a sportier appearance. With AWD, a heated windshield and heated steering wheel are included, too.

The XF Supercharged V8 ups performance with a more powerful supercharged V-8 engine, bigger brakes, Adaptive Dynamics suspension, Active Differential Control, and 20-in. aluminum wheels wrapped in summer performance tires. From the outside, hood louvers identify this performance-oriented model.

Upgrade to the XFR for extra horsepower, 18-way power driver and 14-way power front passenger sport seats, premium leather upholstery offered in an expanded array of color combinations, and red dial pointers for the speedometer and tachometer. The XFR also includes revised front styling, red brake calipers, aerodynamic body package, and quad exhaust outlets.

The Jaguar XFR-S is a limited-production performance sedan. It gets the most powerful engine available, combined with chassis and suspension upgrades, Quickshift transmission functionality, and revised active differential and stability control system tuning. Carbon fiber aerodynamic enhancements help to identify the XFR-S, along with unique 20-in. wheels and special tires. Inside, the top 17-speaker surround-sound audio system is standard, along with unique sport seats with special carbon leather and contrast piping and stitching.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the XF 2.0T Premium, generating 240 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the car's rear wheels, and Jaguar says acceleration to 60 mph takes 7.5 seconds.

A supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine making 340 horsepower is included in the XF 3.0 Portfolio and 3.0 Sport models. This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and includes automatic start/stop technology designed to improve fuel economy. An AWD system is optional, primarily powering the car's rear wheels under normal driving conditions, and transmitting up to half of the engine's output to the front wheels as traction situations warrant. Jaguar says acceleration to 60 mph takes 5.7 seconds to 6.1 seconds, the latter figure reflecting AWD.

A supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine is standard for other XF variants. In the XF Supercharged, it makes 470 horsepower. Upgrade to the XFR for 510 horses, or the limited-production XFR-S for a 550-horsepower version of the engine. Each V-8-equipped model features an 8-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift technology, rear-wheel drive, and automatic start/stop technology.

Additionally, each XF comes standard with Jaguar DriveControl, which provides drivers with a choice between Normal, Dynamic, and Winter drivetrain settings.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the XF 2.0T Premium is rated to get 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Choose one of the XF 3.0 models and the ratings are 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, or 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway with AWD. Models with the supercharged V-8 engine are rated to get 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
The 2015 Jaguar XF's standard navigation system includes Dynamic Zoom technology. This feature automatically zooms the navigation image whenever the car approaches an intersection or highway interchange to provide the driver with greater detail about immediate surroundings.

As far as safety systems go, a reversing camera and blind-spot monitoring are standard, while the XF 3.0 and XF 5.0 model series add automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive headlights that help to see around dark curves at night.


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