2018 Jaguar XF vs. Its Competition

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Jaguar XF hits its middle-age stride with a range of powertrains and a new wagon body style.

It’s on par now with the Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series on those terms.

We think the Benz E63 S may be the most perfect single model on sale anywhere, but we’re biased by V-8 power and a huge cargo hold.

BMW’s 5-Series has found some of its old footing, and the new M5 is a ferocious four-door.

The Cadillac CTS still gets our nod, especially in VSport trim, with lascivious power and a sedate shape lit up by LEDs in Le Mans style.

For contrast, take the Lincoln Continental: it’s a big front- or all-wheel drive sedan with all the chrome and buoyant trim left off this generation of Jaguars, and it’s detailed down to a nearly microscopic level.

It’s an echo of what Jaguar might have been if it stayed in Ford’s hands.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake2018 Jaguar XF
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2018 Audi S62018 Audi A6
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2018 BMW 5-Series2018 BMW 5-Series
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2018 Cadillac CTS-V2018 Cadillac CTS
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2018 Lincoln Continental2018 Lincoln Continental
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E400 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Jaguar XF lives its best life in Sportbrake form; the turbo-4 emerges here in untested form.
The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more.
The 2018 BMW 5-Series expands the sedan's already-excellent lineup to include an efficient plug-in hybrid and an uber-quick V-8.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
We’re not fans of mismatches, but the 2018 Lincoln Continental’s lithe road manners and retro theming pair awfully well.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMid-SizeLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
Sedan 25t RWD2.0 TFSI Premium FWD530e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDPremiere FWDE 300 RWD Sedan
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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