2013 Jaguar XF Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 23, 2013
  • Two all-new engines available for 2013, including a supercharged V-6
  • Midsize luxury sedan offers rear-wheel or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD)
  • 8-speed automatic transmission is new for 2013
  • Available supercharged V-8 engine delivers 510 horsepower
  • JaguarDrive Selector maximizes driving options
  • Leather upholstery is standard on all trim levels


The Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan, introduced in 2007 for the 2008 model year to replace the Jaguar S-Type. It's built with a high, square tail, and a coupe-like slope to the roofline to enhance its aerodynamics. The Jaguar XF is available in six trims: the XF I4 T, XF V6 SC RWD, XF V6 SC AWD, XF Supercharged, XFR, and XFR-S. Its main competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac STS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Infiniti M37.

Exterior Features

Standard on lower-trim XF's with RWD are 18-inch wheels; 19-inch wheels are standard with AWD. Other standard equipment on base trim models includes automatic bi-xenon headlights, sunroof, automatic wipers, and rear park-assist sensors. The XF Supercharged features 20-inch V-spoke silver alloy wheels with summer performance tires, hood louvers with embossed "Supercharged" script, quad exhaust tips, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and keyless entry. The XFR has 20-inch, twin-spoke alloy wheels with summer performance tires and the "R" exterior theme, which includes a unique front bumper with larger air intakes, black mesh grilles, side sills, and a trunk-lid aero spoiler, plus adaptive front lighting with intelligent high beam. The XFR-S offers 20-inch forged lightweight, ceramic polished wheels plus the "R-S" aerodynamic exterior theme, which includes a lower grille surround, front splitter, rear diffuser, unique badging, and rear spoiler with integrated stoplight.

Interior Features

Interior features on the base XF include bond grain leather upholstery, power-adjustable 3-stage heated front seats with 2-position memory, rosewood veneers, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker sound system, and a 7-inch color touch screen. The Supercharged trim upgrades to ventilated and cooled front seats with more adjustments, upgraded leather upholstery, suedecloth headliner, heated 3-spoke steering wheel, and oak veneers. The Supercharged trim also offers Interactive Voice with "say what you see" controls, and a hard-drive-based GPS navigation system. A 380-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers is standard on the Supercharged trim, as are blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and front parking sensors. The XFR upgrades the front seats even further with more power adjustments and sporty power-adjustable side bolsters and contrast stitching, dark mesh aluminum instrument panel trim with the "R" logo on the passenger side, dark oak veneers, 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, power rear window blind, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats with a ski hatch and ski bag. The XFR-S adds a few extra styling touches.

Optional Features

Almost all the features offered as standard equipment on the upper trim levels are available as packaged and individual options on the lower trim levels. The XFR trim offers a Speed package that removes the top-speed limiter and adds a front-bumper aero splitter and rear spoiler with integrated brake light. The engine and transmission calibrations are modified and tire pressures changed to allow the XFR to reach a claimed top speed of 174 mph, which of course will be displayed on an upgraded speedometer.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Jaguar XF adds a new 8-speed automatic transmission (standard on all trim levels) and two all-new engines to its powertrain lineup, in addition to the existing V-8 engine. The base engine for the 2013 Jaguar XF is an inline 4-cylinder model that delivers 240 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. The XF V6 trims introduce a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that cranks up to 340 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines feature automatic stop/start technology for better fuel efficiency. The Supercharged trim features a supercharged, 5.0-liter, 470-horsepower V-8 engine that produces 424 lb.-ft of torque. On the XFR trim, this engine has been enhanced to produce 510 horsepower and 461 lb.-ft. of torque. The Supercharged trim also includes Adaptive Dynamics, Active Differential, and Jaguar's proprietary High-Performance Braking System. Rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive models are available.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Jaguar XF are:

  • XF with 4-cylinger engine and RWD: 19/30/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • XF with V-6 engine and RWD: 17/28/21 mpg
  • XF with V-6 engine and AWD: 16/26/19 mpg
  • XF with either version of the V-8 engine and AWD: 15/23/18 mpg


Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Jaguar XF include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags. Many other safety features are standard on upper trim levels, or optional on lower trims.

As of this writing, the 2013 Jaguar XF has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


The Jaguar XF Instinctive AWD system employs an active power transfer control technology that enhances traction, according to Jaguar. The drivetrain features a built-in rear-wheel bias and an electronically controlled "Torque on Demand" coupling. The system can be switched to Normal, Winter, or Dynamic mode. Winter mode helps maintain traction on snowy, wet roads by changing the default front/rear torque split to 30/70 percent. The new V-6 engine uses a 10.5:1 compression ratio, made possible in part by electronically managed boost control and an air-to-water intercooler. The engine also features counter-rotating front and rear balancer weights for extra smoothness, Jaguar says.
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