2012 Jaguar XF vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In this tightly competitive class of sport sedans, the benchmark has long been the BMW 5-Series; in its latest version, which was new this past year, the 5er offers turbocharged V-8 performance and pretty impressive handling.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become a little more aggressive; a V-8 and four-wheel drive are offered, too, but it's not quite a driver's cr in the same way as the XF.

In truth the Jaguar XF bears more than a passing resemblance to it from the outside.

The Audi A6 has been fully redesigned for 2012, but it's quite conservative on the inside and the new A7 might actually be a better alternative; both cars have a stunning interior.

One other alternative is the Infiniti M56; it offers an athleticism that rivals that of the XF, but you'll have to deal with less interior refinement.

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Quick Specs
Scorching acceleration, nimble handling, and true luxury-car refinement complement style and fashion to swoon over in the 2012 Jaguar XF; backseat space remains its only reality check.
It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
Midsize CarMidsize CarsMid-SizeSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SedanSedan4dr SedanCoupe
Automatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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