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TheCarConnection.com read all the competitive reviews on the new Jaguar XF to produce this conclusive review, and to give our enthusiastic approval of the new Jaguar XF. TheCarConnection.com also drove the car to be able to give you an expert opinion on the vehicle, and to help you figure out the truth where other car reviews might differ.
- Avant-garde shape (for Jaguar, that is)
- Aston-like taillamps
- Comfortable cockpit
- High-tech, high-style dash
- Steamy performance with the Supercharged edition
- Fuel economy, for the class.
- Shape may be a little derivative
- Rear seats are tight for adults
- No V-6 or all-wheel-drive options.
Jaguar has been in turmoil, with steep sales declines and its recent sale by Ford to India’s Tata. But you’d never tell from the 2009 Jaguar XF, the brand’s new mid-size luxury sedan. It replaces the stuffy X-Type with a svelte new shape that’s as modern and cutting-edge as any sedan in its class--and it sports an interior worthy of a Virgin Airlines cabin, with aluminum and wood trim and a techno-groovy shifter knob.
Performance is stealthy with the base V-8 and stunning with the optional supercharged V-8. Both switch gears via a six-speed automatic with shifter paddles. The XF turns in surprisingly good fuel-economy numbers, but sacrifices rear-seat room to its coupelike styling.
Crash test data isn’t available yet, but the 2009 Jaguar XF sits at the top of its class for safety equipment and high-end audio and entertainment features.
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BMW has long set the benchmark in this class; the 550i sports V-8 power, as well as BMW’s controversial styling of late. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a V-8 E550 edition that’s more conservative, probably the most reserved car in this class other than the Lexus GS 460, which offers a stellar dealership experience for its steep price of entry. Audi’s A6 can be outfitted with a V-8 engine and all-wheel drive, and is nearly as handsome as the 2009 Jaguar XF, although its interior is more drab and plasticky.