2013 Jaguar XF Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

There's no style without sacrifice, and the Jaguar XF tithes its back-seat headroom for its fabulous roofline.

The XF doesn't try to trick passengers visually, either. It's low and so are the seats, though in front the supportive and multi-adjustable seats (18 ways on the XFR) have adequate leg and head room for tall drivers to find comfort. That's thanks to an electrically adjusting steering wheel--but not much thanks to the sunroof that robs an inch or two of valuable head room.

The XF exudes taste and fit and finish is good, but front-seat headroom and back-seat head and leg room can be tight.

The back seat simply isn't hospitable for bigger adults. On paper, the XF's dimensions don't look unreasonable, but in practice the rear seat is best only for smaller passengers. The door cuts are on the small side, leg room too, and head room is far less than you'll find in any E-Class or 5-Series. The rear seats themselves are shapely, for those who can fit in them. Only on some versions does the back seat fold down to boost trunk space--already good at 17.7 cubic feet.

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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