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an available adapter that allows you to operate your iPod or iPhone (music only) via the central touchscreen.
The infotainment and climate-control systems are only accessible through submenus that are byzantine at best and perverse at worst.
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Many functions, from the heated seats to fan-direction controls, can be found only in touch-screen menus on the central dash display.
Many simple tasks require performing quite a few "virtual button" presses, and drilling down through several menu screens to access some audio functions.
Part luxury sedan, part performance four-door, the Jaguar XF has most of the features expected of a car in its price bracket, with some minor omissions.
All XF sedans come with a rich list of standard features, though the four-cylinder models have lost some content as Jaguar gets the base price in below $50,000. The $47,850 XF 2.0 has standard power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control; automatic climate control; a sunroof; leather upholstery; walnut trim; keyless ignition; Bluetooth; a 10-speaker, 250-watt audio system; steering-wheel controls; heated front seats; and rear parking sensors.
Major options include a premium leather interior; satellite radio; navigation; HD radio; a choice of two Meridian high-output audio systems with 380 or 825 watts of output; a rearview camera and front parking sensors; ventilated front seats; and adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors.
With the $50,875 XF 3.0 or the $53,875 all-wheel-drive model, the XF gains only a Dynamic mode for its adaptive drive controls.
The $68,975 XF Supercharged is where most of the optional equipment on lesser models becomes standard. It adds the adaptive suspension and an active rear differential; 20-inch wheels and tires; more adjustments and finer leather for its front seats, as well as ventilation; a heated steering wheel; a sueded headliner; keyless entry; blind-spot monitors, front parking sensors, and a rearview camera; the 380-watt Meridian sound system with satellite and HD radio; and navigation with voice controls.
Finally, the $84,075 Jaguar XFR carries all those features standard, and also gets the top Meridian audio system standard, as well as even more adjustment and premium leather for its seats; fold-down rear seats; adaptive headlights with automatic high beams; and a black-finished grille. Adaptive cruise control is one of the only options.
The nav, audio and most climate functions are controlled via a large LCD touchscreen on the dash. The XF's navigation system also incorporates iPod/iPhone control for music. A tap on the touch screen and you're controlling the flow of tunes through a target on the display; however some drivers will be disappointed to see that many of the climate controls have been moved to screen-only positions as well. Jaguar promises better functionality this year with dual-view mapping and lane guidance, the ability to send destinations to the car via the Web, and with relocated buttons.Of all the changes in the XF, we find ourselves missing the old Bowers & Wilkins audio systems the most. The new Meridian-branded units promise equivalent sound output at lower wattages, but to our ears, the difference comes directly out of the bass response. It's cleaner sound, maybe, but also flatter than before.
The base Jaguar XF gets a lower base price and less equipment; new audio systems don't thrill us like the old ones did.