The Jaguar XF looks like no Jaguar product of the past, and that's pretty much the point. With its introduction more than six years ago, the XF set the stage for a new, more contemporary look for Jaguar--and proof that going retro can be a crutch.
Ultra-modern, gorgeous, and more than a little extravagant, the XF looks like no Jag before it, and patently, doesn't need to.
All these years later, its look has been only mildly smoothed over--and there's no need for anything more than that. The 2014 Jaguar XF still looks sleek, modern, and spirited. If anything it just fits into the luxury market a little easier than it initially did, with many models since its introduction adopting some of the same cues and curves.
With relatively few cutlines and a catlike stance, it plays off the brand name beautifully. Considering the slung-back silhouette, it looks like its brand name incarnate, with a catlike stance and an intense pair of eyes set off by the mesh of its grille. Call it an affordable take on Aston Martin if you want, it's sophisticated from almost every angle. There's more than a touch of Lexus or Audi in the way the XF slips through the air cleanly, but it's an instantly identifiable theme all the same--one that goes in lockstep with Jaguar's past without bowing down to it. It's more a visual onomatopoeia.
Jaguar found a new direction with the knockout interior as well; it's not derivative of any other model, while remaining uniquely British, quite glitzy, and a showcase of the brand's legendary attention to materials and trims. With the rotary shift knob, and vents that wake up (with soft lighting 'waking up') when the pushbutton start is tapped, there are aesthetically pleasing touches and lots of 'wow' details throughout. Materials are a step ahead of those in more stark, serious German sport sedans, as well; there's aluminum and wood trim, to be sure—burl walnut trim is now standard.