2012 Jaguar XF Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Sacrifices are routinely made to style, and in the Jaguar XF, rear-seat room is cut down to enable its sleek, sexy roofline.

It's immediately obvious how the packaging of the XF takes a back seat to the look. All seats are low to the floor, and in front the leg and head room are adequate enough to allow taller drivers to find a normal driving position, even with the sunroof in place.

Fit and finish are dazzling, but the XF's almost a four-door coupe, with its skimpy rear seat room.

In back, the rear seats are limited to small adults and children: the door openings are small, the leg room is on the skimpy side and head room is quite lacking. The rear buckets themselves are shapely, for those who can fit in them. It's a good thing they fold forward to expand the already large trunk--that feature increases the car's utility.

Once they're inside, passengers will be dazzled by the XF's cabin. The lavish materials inside set a new high-water mark for Jaguar. Leather trim is double-stitched, and LED lighting mixes with choice wood and metallic trim to turn the cabin into a most atmospheric space. The console and doors have enough small-item storage, too, even a deep cup holder.

That said, no matter where you're sitting you're surrounded by high-grade leather and other warm, soft materials. Look around, and the instrument panel and center console are appointed in aluminum finishes and wood veneers, along with contrast stitching.

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