The luxury car market is growing rapidly in India and while it’s been the playing ground of the German big three for long, Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover is slowly building into the minds of Indians. The fact that JLR is now owned by India’s Tata Motors makes these cars connect emotionally to us as we are the patriotic lot. The first generation XF never had what it took to steal thunder from the good folks at Stuttgart (the E-Class has long been the segment leader) but the second generation model promises a whole lot more as it’s not only larger and more luxurious but also lighter by up to 190 kgs (thank you aluminium). How good is the improvements to what was once and for a long time, the baby Jag (until the XE came along)?
STYLE AND DESIGN
The newly introduced Aero Sport edition looks a bit more stylish as compared to the existing version. The reason is because of its exclusive elements like glossy black radiator grille featuring a chrome surround along with R-styled side sills and a sporty bumper. It also gets swanky fog lamps, which further dazzles its front facade. The XFR version has increased horizons of sporting credentials in automobile world. Designers at the company have worked aggressively and went back to sketch-board to design the different looking model. It is evident from their work that the facelift follows the design language of XJ flagship sedan. This saloon has a beautiful yet bold front facade with slim headlight set featuring LED DRLs. It also gets a perforated grille with extensive metallic treatment. A lower bonnet line complete with a pronounced, wider power bulge running down the center adds a purposeful stance. The section under bumper also gets bit of styling with 3 air intake sections. The car has a new nose and exciting roof with sweeping line. At the rear of the car the tail lamp units have been redone with LEDs, while the units themselves now extend further into the boot lid with a new chrome blade placed below the company’s prominent logo. The beautiful 10 spoke alloy wheels shed luxury and looks simply sporty and assertive. The exterior is simply mesmerizing for all those who fantasies luxury with power. The exterior will simply blow your mind with those interesting cuts and lines on its body, giving it an incomparably look in its segment.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT
From its pulsating starter button to its motorized rotary gear selector, the Jaguar XF presents a little extra theater and charm inside. Occupants will appreciate the increased headroom for 2016, which is an impressive feat considering the roof is actually lower. Jaguar accomplished this by lengthening the wheelbase, effectively pushing the rear wheels further away from the seating space. Trunk capacity is up from the previous XF, and Jag claims a jaw-dropping 19.1 cubic feet. The number is suspiciously large, but we’ll know more once we fully test the car. Split-folding rear seatbacks with a ski pass-through further increase capacity and allow for the easy transport of longer items..
The standard InControl Touch infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen, while the optional “Pro” version of the system (included with the Technology pack) enlarges the touchscreen to 10.2 inches and replaces the gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch configurable display. The gauge cluster turns red when you put the XF in Sport mode and relocates the tachometer to the center of the screen. Put it in navigation, and all displays are minimized while the map takes precedence. Improved response times relative to Jaguar’s past infotainment efforts are appreciated, but InControl Touch does not yet support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. We’re also a bit disappointed with the 3G Internet connection given the increasing availability of 4G connections in today’s vehicles.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
Here’s the big news – for the first time ever, the XF will offer the frugality of a four-cylinder diesel engine and the traction of AWD in a single drivetrain package. Best of all, it’s actually headed to North America.The AWD system in question is the same one used in the outgoing supercharged V-6 XF, not to mention the F-Type. Developed entirely in-house by Jag, the system sends torque to the rear during “normal” driving conditions for enhanced “dynamics and agility,” as well as reduced parasitic loss.
A variety of technology is used to maximize traction while maintaining balanced cornering behavior (i.e., reduced understeer). The first is something called Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, a next-gen system plucked from the F-Type that selectively feeds torque to the front only when absolutely necessary, keeping that rear-biased handling feel. There’s also Adaptive Surface Response, which replaces the Rain, Ice, and Snow drive modes in favor of a single, adaptive drive mode that manages the throttle, automatic transmission, and stability control systems for increased traction, no matter the conditions.
It should also be noted that AWD adds several hundred pounds to the Jaguar XF’s curb weight, which doesn’t really matter to most customers, but could come into play for dedicated performance enthusiasts.Transmission options include a six-speed manual, and an eight-speed automatic, which vary in availability depending on engine choice
Where both versions of the XF shine is on the twisties. True to its name, the Dynamic mode adds the requisite dynamism to the rear-wheel drive XF, with the beautifully fluid electric power steering just weighing up by the right amount. In the corners, the XF feels like a big car but gives an immense sense of control with a sharp turn-in and neat handling. Body movements are well contained too. So, is this the sportiest of the large luxury sedans? It might just be.
In more everyday driving conditions, the XF has its strengths and weaknesses. The ride quality is largely impressive, with the Jag feeling nice and tied down at cruising speeds and absorbent enough in town. There is that European car firmness to the low-speed ride, but that’s a trait common to all cars of this segment. We didn’t have an issue with ground clearance either, but did find the suspension to thud on oversized speedbreakers, pointing to
a harsh rebound. There is also more road noise than you’d expect. The XF does feel like a large car in town, but the steering effort is well judged.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Every XF gets a host of safety equipment as standard, including automatic emergency braking, a lane-departure warning system and six airbags. There’s also an optional Active Safety Pack, which adds driver-attention monitoring and a feature that warns you if another vehicle is crossing your path while you’re reversing. An alarm and engine immobiliser are on hand to deter thieves.Indeed, security firm Thatcham has run its security test and awarded the XF full marks for its resistance to being driven away and good marks for its ability to resist a break-in in the first place. The XF also received a maximum five star rating from Euro NCAP for safety.
Has Jaguar managed to finally find a volume spinner, in the XE? We would certainly like to believe so from the driving perspective. It has the ability to put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel. There is also decent bit of kit on offer though it could have done with better rear seat comfort.
However, from a price perspective, the version we tested (25t Portfolio) costs Rs 46.50 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) making it significantly more expensive than its rivals. If driving pleasure is not a priority then the more affordable 20tPure trim variant at Rs 39.90 lakh is also available but it loses out on quite a bit of the kit and is down on power too. There will also be diesel variants for the XE in the future, which are expected to make up the bulk of the numbers. But given the dynamic ability of the XE, these diesels should be fun to drive as well.
Jaguar XF Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 44,89,000/- (XF 2.0 Pure Diesel) to 57,25,000/- (XF 2.0 Portfolio Diesel) .Jaguar XF has 5 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Jaguar XF comes in 10 colours, namely Rhodium Silver Metallic,Caviar Metallic,Odyssey Red Metallic,Ultimate Black Metallic Executive,Polaris White Executive,Ultimate Black Metallic,Stratus Grey,Polaris White,Lunar Grey Metallic,British Racing Green Metallic.