JAGUAR XF DIESEL Review

Executive Precision

Jaguar XF Diesel Pure Tested!

 

What is it?

A facelifted version of Jaguar’s answer to Audi’s A6, BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes’ E-Class. Also, comes with a new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine.

 

Facelift? What are the changes?

We were testing the base spec i.e the ‘Pure’ variant. It comes with smaller 17-inch rims, no rear parking camera, no sunroof, no keyless entry and a smaller 7-inch InControl Pro Unit. About the changes, the rear end is where you’ll see most of them. Inspired from the F-Type, the rear tail light looks similar to the XE, its younger sibling and this is one concept that I fail to understand. Not just Jaguar, even the entire German trio has been following this design philosophy. If you fail to understand the minute details, there is a strong chance that you will confuse a 35 lakh rupee car for a 70 lakh one. Step inside the cabin and the gear selector will rise out, the side AC vents will do the theatrics, similar to the previous model. You’ll feel at home if you have ever been inside a Jag before. All the buttons, dials, design elements have been carried over from either the last generation or from its siblings- the XE and the XJ.

 

There’s no denying the fact that a Jaguar still grabs more eyeballs than any of its German rivals.

 

Whats under the hood? How does it drive?

One of the main changes with this facelift is the addition of the new lighter 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel mill instead of the old Ford-sourced 2.2-litre diesel mill. The new Ingenium mill is good enough for 180 hp of power along with 430Nm of torque. The difference can be felt right from the moment go. The new engine feels more refined, power delivery is quite linear and even sounds alright when revved hard. Taking care of the transmission duties is the 8-speed ZF torque converter gearbox. It shifts smoothly between the cogs and the addition of paddle shifters add to the entire feel. This new variant is also based on a new iQ aluminum-intensive platform which is lighter than before and what that translates into is a better driving experience. You can be confident chucking the XF into corners and the body roll is quite negligible.I have been testing a lot of high-end cars off late and one thing that really stood out in this new XF was the driving position. The seat bolstering, the steering wheel placement/ size, everything just feels perfect and inspires oodles of confidence as soon as you get behind the wheel. The steering wheel offers good feedback and you feel connected with the road, the suspension is stiff yet comfortable at the same time and the brakes have a decent bite. You can alter the steering, transmission and engine response with the standard Jaguar Drive Control by toggling between Normal, Dynamic, Eco, and Rain/ Ice/Snow modes. The dials turn red when you put it in Dynamic mode, the steering weighs up and the gearbox holds each gear for longer, giving it a sporty vibe.

Things are nice and comfortable for the rear occupants as well. The wheelbase has increased from the last generation which translates into more leg space at the back. The seats again are quite comfortable, offer good all around support and since the NVH levels are on the lower side, the cabin is definitely a good place to be in.

Should I buy one?

There’s no denying the fact that a Jaguar still grabs more eyeballs than any of its German rivals. Having said that, the new XF even drives well, has decent space at the rear and is even priced competitively. The base ‘ Pure’ variant that we tested feels quite under-equipped in terms of features in front of the competition. Also, the new Volvo S90, long-wheelbase Mercedes E-Class and the upcoming BMW 5 Series have seriously raised the bar in the executive sedan segment. We will have to pit it head to head against its competition to declare a clear winner but having said that, we can safely say that the Jag is a better driver’s car than most of it’s competition and has an unmatchable brand value!

 

PRICE: ₹ 47.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

SPECS:

  • Engine- 2.0-litre Ingenium Diesel
  • Power- 180hp, Torque- 430Nm
  • Accelaration- 0-100kmph- 8.1 seconds
  • Top Speed- 229kmph
  • Transmission- 8 Speed ZF Automatic, RWD

 

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