While some versions of the 2014 XJ are full-fledged sport sedans, all variants surround passengers with serious luxury-car features.
Two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and built-in music storage are included even in the base XF 2.0 sedans, which start at well under $50k. Navigation, satellite and HD radio, and a rearview camera are among the options on those cars. Move up the model line, and more exclusive materials like the Warm Charcoal leather trim and contrast-color micro-piping are the real lure--not the infotainment interfaces and onboard technology.
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.
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 has made attempts to increase the functionality of this system, but it still lags behind all-encompassing features like iDrive; at the same time, we do like the level of redundancy provided by physical buttons.
V-6 (XF 3.0) versions gain a Dynamic mode for its adaptive drive controls, but otherwise their equipment is essentially the same as with the four.
Jaguar XF Supercharged models make the biggest leap in luxury equipment. They add 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 suede 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 voice-controlled navigation.
The 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. In addition to all that, the XFR-S gets all sorts of performance improvements, as well as a unique front airdam, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, a performance exhaust, special 20-inch wheels, and a suede headliner.