If you want a new Jaguar sedan, the XF is your only option. And the XF has a hefty discount thanks to sluggish sales, making it a great entry-level luxury car. However, the Jaguar XF has seen one controversial change this year that might turn some shoppers away.
The automaker nixed the V6 engine, leaving the XF with only two 2.0-liter turbo-fours. Its interior is still befitting of a high-end model, but what about performance? According to MotorTrend, the XF might disappoint one type of driver.
Who shouldn’t buy the 2021 Jaguar XF?
MotorTrend tested the more powerful motor of the two, producing 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s available only with all-wheel drive and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive XF models pack a turbo-four making 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, paired with the same transmission.
The AWD-only XF 30t is reportedly quicker than the 25t, reaching 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. However, when MotorTrend tested the car, it was almost a full second slower than advertised. The all-season tires also reduced the XF’s braking performance, made worse by the stuttering transmission.
Though it can’t handle the twistiness of a test track, the Jaguar XF still handles corners well during everyday driving. Because the suspension is tuned for comfort, most imperfections under the wheels won’t disturb riders. And fuel efficiency is surprisingly decent, with the XF 25t getting about 25/34 mpg city/highway.
The Jaguar XF might be a fine cruiser, but the supercharged V6 allows it to reach its full potential. It harnesses 380 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque, pushing the 2020 XF to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. It’s definitely not as efficient as the turbo-fours, rated for 20/28 mpg city/highway.
If you’re looking for a sporty ride, the 2021 Jaguar XF probably isn’t for you. The V6 probably won’t return, thanks to the lack of customer demand, the automaker said.
What’s the 2021 model like inside?
Unsatisfying powertrain options aside, the Jaguar XF’s updated interior impressed MotorTrend. The XF can still seat only five, but the front seats are wider than before. Supportive leather seats come standard, with dual-zone climate control and heating controls for the front riders.
The backseat is also roomy without compromising the XF’s ample cargo area. The dashboard now has some open-pore wood, which MotorTrend says produces a delightfully fresh scent. The shifting lever and drive-mode selector are new, too, as are the climate control knobs.
The center stack now has a curved 11.4-inch touchscreen and a standard wireless charging pad. The graphics are sharper and faster than the outgoing system, and drivers can also marvel at the new digital gauge cluster. A Meridian audio system and smartphone integration come standard, as do several useful driver’s aids.
Shoppers can spruce up the 2021 Jaguar XF even more with ventilated seats for everyone and heated second-row seats (they come standard in the front row). Buyers can also upgrade the Meridian sound system to 17 speakers and choose an optional head-up display. Other extras, such as adaptive dampers and a fancy rear spoiler, might make the XF slightly more engaging to drive.
Who should buy the 2021 Jaguar XF?
Despite its disappointing performance, the Jaguar XF offers excellent ride quality. MotorTrend reports that the fully loaded models are as nice as a Mercedes-Benz sedan but without the hefty price tag. The XF’s insulated and spacious interior also makes this car an excellent choice for families.