The automotive landscape can be cruel, what captures the attention of journalists and consumers one moment can, in the blink of an eye, fade into obscurity. Regrettably, even a storied British marque like Jaguar has not been immune to the shifting tides of relevance and obsolescence within the North American market.
Alright got to admit, the preceding statement might have been harsh, It's not quite that bad yet. Nonetheless, Jaguar sedans have been somewhat overlooked which is a shame. The British automaker’s long-standing luxury sedan the XF is a seriously beautiful car that has been forgotten. There are a few reasons why the popularity of the XF has declined over the years, one of which has to do with the question of reliability, a topic British vehicles know too well.
The sea of options in the luxury sedan segment has equally hampered the strides of the Jaguar XF, but to count the XF out would be a mistake for what this vehicle lacks it makes up with timeless aesthetics, thanks in part to the great Sir Ian Callum, who sketched the lines of the original XF, more than a decade ago. The design has stood the test of time.
The British have long been known for their design prowess and the 2024 iteration of Jaguar XF upholds the sentiment by being the embodiment of British luxury and class. Combine that with advanced tech, and a plush ride, the XF captures the essence of what a Jaguar should be.
Data for this article was sourced from Jaguar and reputable websites such as EPA and CarandDriver to put this feature together.
The 2024 Jaguar XF takes inspiration from its sportier F-Type sibling with striking exterior design elements. The front fascia features ultra-slim, all-LED quad headlights with what Jaguar calls the “Double J Blade” daytime running light. A large mesh-designed front grille houses the iconic Jaguar emblem while ensuring optimum airflow for engine cooling. The edges of the front bumper host a pair of functional side vents that feed fresh air to the front brakes for maximum performance.
The rear fascia matches the elegance of the front fascia with LED lights with gloss black trim connecting both rear taillights. Jaguar's iconic leaping cat takes center stage on the trunk. Further down the rear is a minimalist rear diffuser that completes the rear fascia, on the downside, the Jaguar XF rear fascia does not have any visible exhaust tips which is disappointing. The 2024 Jaguar looks apart while riding on a 20-inch Delta wheel, available in Satin Black with Gloss Black.
The interior of the 2024 Jaguar features a spacious thoughtfully laid-out cabin with class standard technology features worthy of a luxury sedan. The 12-way adjustable electric seats are wrapped in Duo leather material with wood and aluminum door inserts adding a touch of flare to an already luxurious cabin.
At the center of the 2024 Jaguar XF is an 11.4-inch touchscreen intuitive Pivi Pro infotainment system, featuring a simplified menu structure for easy navigation. Available on the infotainment system are Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as a Meridian sound system for a truly immersive experience. Lower down the center console are a pair of climate control rotary knobs, a wireless phone charger, a drive mode selector, and a transmission shifter.
The British brand seems to have faded in popularity or at least feels somewhat forgotten by many, what factors are to blame some might ask? It seems the blame lies squarely on Jaguar's nonchalant marketing and lack of attractive incentives to entice buyers to the XF mid-size sedan. A comparable Alpha Romeo Giulia Competizione with all-wheel drive leases for $746 a month for 36 months at $55,865 while the Jaguar XF leases for over $860 for an identical 36-month period.
Going a little lower on the Giulia trim with the Veloce drops the MSRP price to $54,000 and a monthly lease payment of $688 while maintaining an all-wheel drive system, in summary the Jaguar XF is a great sedan that can challenge other competitors but the British automaker's reluctance to provide an incentive such as discounts and reasonable lease prices makes them fall behind in the luxury sedan segment.
The pricing strategy for the 2024 Jaguar XF presents a somewhat unfortunate aspect, given the exceptional qualities found throughout the vehicle. However, when considering the impressive array of standard features included with the base P250 R-Dynamic model, the XF truly stands out as a value proposition. Unless an all-wheel-drive configuration is an absolute necessity, opting for the entry-level P250 variant is often the wisest choice.
Although the 2024 Jaguar XF looks apart from its mid-size sedan competitors in design, the sedan lacks in the powertrain department with Jaguar streamlining the available models to two options and a single engine option for both trims. The two trims available for the Jaguar XF are the P250 R-Dynamic SE and P300 R-Dynamic SE with the former available in only rear-wheel drive configurations while the latter gets all-wheel drive. Both models are mated to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission.
Both P250 and P350 models are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a slight variation in power output. The standard P250 with rear-wheel drive 2.0-liter engine produces 246 horsepower while the all-wheel drive P300 variate produces slightly higher 296 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The peppy 2.0-liter engine is reasonably efficient with an EPA fuel economy rating of 23mpg in the city, 30mpg highway, and 26mpg combined.
Nonetheless, it is a shame Jaguar no longer offers the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine, the inline-four engine although great will undoubtedly not have the same sporty feel, as the defunct XF-S model from a few generations back, thanks in part to the extensive use of aluminum, which is synonymous with Jagaur cars.
2.0 liter Inline-4 Cylinder Engine
246hp / 296hp
8-Speed ZF Automatic
0-60mph in 6.0 seconds
As the last surviving sedan in Jaguar's portfolio, the XF's sophisticated design continues to exude a subtle charm that sets it apart from many sport sedan designs characterized by obnoxious grilles and aggressive front fascia that can often be off-putting. The 2024 Jaguar XF should be regarded as a compelling luxury sedan option when compared to renowned models like the Alpha Romeo Giulia, and prominent German rivals from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. While its performance credentials may not surpass those of its competitors, the XF distinguishes itself through its exceptional styling and exclusivity.2023-09-18T22:48:47Z dg43tfdfdgfd