2009 Jaguar XF Performance

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Performance

Reviewers across the Web were unanimous when it comes to the 2009 Jaguar XF’s performance: it’s surprisingly strong, they agree.

Enthusiast magazine Automobile points out that the XF is actually available in two editions. The same 4.2-liter V-8 comes “in either normally aspirated or supercharged guise, developing 300 and 420 hp, respectively.” An XFR version comes next year, with 500-plus horsepower, they predict. The lack of a V-6 engine is a conscious choice, Edmunds.com says: “as part of Jaguar's upscale push, you'll only find a V8 under the hood.”

With the 2009 Jaguar XF, they’ve come as close as anybody to delivering the sport sedan feel of a BMW 5-Series.

Even with the less powerful engine, Edmunds.com notes the XF will rush to 60 mph “in just 6.2 seconds,” while they estimate the supercharged version will “trim the 0-60 sprint down to 5.1 seconds.” That higher-output engine got Kelley Blue Book’s motor running: “the supercharged 4.2-liter V8 delivers horsepower in a smooth, linear fashion, providing off-the-line acceleration and passing power in a heartbeat,” KBB said.

The automatic transmission on the 2009 Jaguar XF--there is no manual option--is a slick, futuristic piece of styling and operation. Coupled to steering-wheel-mounted paddles, the shift knob is unlike anything in any new vehicle tested by reviewers. At startup, Car and Driver describes, a knob rises on the console, and gears are selected on the rotary dial. “It’s a great act, like the deployment of some James Bond just-in-time gizmo.” But it’s the shift paddles that do most of the work, and with them, Popular Mechanics writes, “the shift-by-wire 6-speed automatic is smoother-shifting than many sequential gearboxes, but it offers a standard automatic, sport automatic or sequential manual modes.” It’s “a significant improvement over the old Jaguar J-gate shifter,” they say. Motor Trend agrees, and calls the new shifter “brilliantly quick.”

Even with V-8 power and an automatic gearbox, the 2009 Jaguar XF gets strong fuel economy for its class at 18/26 mpg (and 17/23 mpg for the supercharged V-8). For comparison, the Lexus GS 460 gets 17/24 mpg, while the BMW 550i gets 15/23 mpg and the Mercedes-Benz E550 checks in at 15/22 mpg.

When it comes to ride and handling, Edmunds.com felt that the XF’s “smooth and hushed demeanor” didn’t cut out its responsiveness; “there's a stronger connection with the mechanical soul of the car than expected,” they said. “This is no pompous land yacht,” Kelley Blue Book agreed. “The 2009 Jaguar XF drives like a sports car.”


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