We drove the Jaguar XF Prestige variant, one below the top of the line Portfolio variant that is now being offered in two petrol engine options. With the new engine, does the updated XF really justify its existence in the luxury saloon segment? Read on to find out how the XF performs.
The Jaguar XF Prestige gets an Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces a 197bhp and 320Nm of torque. This, however, is still underpowered as compared to the engine given in the Portfolio variant which produces 50 horses more. The new Ingenium petrol engine in the Prestige variant is capable of reaching the 100 kmph mark in just 7.9 seconds.
Now addressing the major update in the XF, how well does the Ingenium petrol drive? It has got four drive modes which you can choose from depending on what mode you want to drive it in.
The engine isn’t that responsive and adapts a more relaxed driving state until you don’t put your foot down on the accelerator. The ride quality is smooth over bad roads and surfaces.
The XF is easily the most fun to drive when you switch on to the Dynamic mode, the engine has a raspy growl and it goes absolutely crazy when you use the paddle shifters. With the paddle shifter, you can redline the engine all the way up to 6,500rpm. It gets loud on the outside and you can hear the engine sing on the inside as well. The handling improves and you can take those bends with ease, with a minimum amount of body roll. But, if you want some extra fun, there’s a button on the right side to switch off electronics, you guessed it right! Rear wheel drive fun kicks in!
Needless to say, this mode is for extracting maximum mileage from the Ingenium petrol engine and is slow to respond to your throttle inputs as compared to the Dynamic mode. The ride quality is similar to the one in Normal driving mode, hardly any difference.
Got extremely lucky to test drive it in the rains, must say, it grips the road well when you use that extra bit of throttle and the steering wheel weighs a bit to offer you that confidence on the highway.
Apart from that, I came across one minor grip as every time I switched off the car it automatically switched on the auto start/stop feature in the car but I was glad to find a switch next to the drive mode buttons to manually turn it off. The XF has a huge 74 litres fuel tank, however, the mileage is one thing that you wouldn’t wanna know, as the XF gives an average of 6 kmpl. Also, the underbelly of the XF will touch a few speed breakers when it’s loaded with people and luggage. You have to be a tad bit careful when going over those huge speed breakers. For a moment, it felt like the car was doing limbo over these speed bumps.
You cannot deny that the XF is a fairly huge car and it does have a street presence of its own. With the ferocious Jaguar logo on the massive chrome grille and the adaptive LED headlights make it scintillatingly appealing. I have a personal liking for its real profile with the dual exhaust tips giving it a sporty appeal. From the side, the XF gives the picture of a sloping front extending up to its long bonnet. The 17-inch alloy wheels design could have been a bit more classy, the one on the European spec look just the part. In the night, the J shaped daytime running lights are unique and resembles the true essence of a Jaguar. Not only that, there are small touches like the poodle lights on the outside rear view mirrors which switch on when you unlock the XF.
The XF’s cabin is designed with less clutter on the mind, as there aren’t many buttons or knobs that will confuse you into thinking which knob can do what. As you switch on the XF, the Jaguar’s Drive selector rises first and then slowly the AC vents open with a loud exhaust growl from the 2.0-litre petrol engine. There is a bit of luxury all around with leather wrapped dashboard, steering wheel, and the seats all around, also some touch of velvet on the seats and the roof. It has an electric sunroof but it misses out on a panoramic one, however, there are electric rear windshield sun blinds and manually operating ones on the rear door windows. On the driver’s side, you get electrically adjustable driver’s seat as well as on the passenger seat. The driver’s side gets two memory seat functions. To set the mood right for the night, you have ambient lightings and eight colour options to choose from. And the sound system is just beyond imagination with 10 speakers and one subwoofer. At the rear, the seats are really comfortable and the rear AC vents aren’t that effective, but the dual zone climate control chills in no time.
As far as practicality is concerned, the rear can seat two people at max and the third one in the middle will have to struggle on long journeys. The boot houses an 18-inch space saver spare wheel and is fairly huge in size to accommodate your weekend luggage. Coming to the infotainment system, which isn’t that impressive as you have to take your eyes off the road to operate the 10-inch touch screen to browse through different features on it. It has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on offer but can only be accessed via a USB cable. The navigation system is accurate and the Driver’s display will prompt directions. Also, it will prompt if the fluid in the washer fluid tank is running low or the tyre pressure on a particular tyre is lower than the recommended level.
If standing out of the crowd and being different is what you are looking for from a luxury sedan, with a little bit of oomph factor coming from its new Ingenium 2.0-litre Turbocharged petrol engine, the XF Prestige should fit the bill well.
- Engine: 2.0-Litre Turbocharged Petrol
- Power: 197 BHP
- Torque: 320 NM
- Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Price: ₹53.56 lakh (ex-showroom)