Tuesday, February 22, 2011
2011 Jaguar XF Review
2011 Jaguar XF
Introduced two years ago, the Jaguar XF lineup started a clean break from the overtly traditional Jaguar shapes of the past. Last year, new XF Supercharged and XFR high-performance models were added to the lineup; now for 2011 the XF gets a very substantial 85-hp boost, with a new standard 5.0-liter V-8 replacing the previous 4.2-liter one. Overall, there's nothing heavy-handed or retro about the look of the 2011 Jaguar XF. Stealthy, gripping performance is the XF's calling card. That said, the XF's powertrain itself is sneaky. This year even the base-model 2011 Jaguar XF gets a 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, while the high-performance XFR and XF Supercharged models get a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8—making 470 hp in the Supercharged and 510 hp in the XFR. Light, direct steering and capable brakes add up to a joyful driving experience, and with 20-inch tires and electronic systems like Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics shuffling power between the rear wheels and adjusting suspension and steering firmness, the 5,000-pound Jaguar XF out-nimbles some of the less weighty sedans in its class. Leather trim is double-stitched, and LED lighting mixes with choice wood and metallic trim to turn the cabin into a most atmospheric space. The Jaguar XF is a sport sedan, with all the features of a luxury sedan.
The Jaguar’s classing V8 engine is availabe in four choices on this model: the 4.2-liter 300 horsepower; the 5.0-liter, 385 horsepower V8; the 5.0-liter, 470 horsepower supercharged V8; and the 5.0-liter, 510 horsepower supercharged V8.
The 2011 model will have loads of standard features, such as a sunroof, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The interior of the Jaguar is no less opulent. In test drives, the 2011 Jaguar performs admirably. With its unique six-speed automatic transmission, the Jaguar takes corners easily, has great stopping power, and a smooth, suspension-aided ride.
The 2011 Jaguar XF is a rear-wheel drive only vehicle that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The "2011 Jaguar XF" is not your grandmother’s Jaguar. This vehicle is a car that has great handling, and if you’re in the market for a car in this segment, is well worth a test drive. The Jaguar has enough standard and optional luxury features to satisfy the most discriminating taste.
If there is a drawback to this vehicle, it is probably interior room.
The 2011 Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan available in four trim levels: base XF, XF Premium, XF Supercharged and XFR. Standard equipment for the base XF includes 18-inch wheels, halogen headlamps, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, automatic headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, leather upholstery and heated 10-way power front seats with driver memory functions. The window shade, heated steering wheel and 19-inch wheels are among the stand-alone options on the base XF.
The XF Supercharged comes standard with a supercharged V8, 20-inch wheels and quad tailpipes. The "2011 Jaguar XF "features three engines in four models, each with a corresponding trim level. The base XF and the XF Premium sport a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 385 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Estimates for the supercharged XFR engine are 15/21/17.
Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat airbags, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera and a blind-spot warning system are optional on the base XF and standard on the XF Premium, XF Supercharged and XFR.
Braking performance for the XF lineup is particularly noteworthy.