Mid-price and luxury in the same sentence? Yes, that clearly means Jaguar!
Jaguar, once the sedan of choice for mid-priced luxury consumers, is now back as the 2021 Jaguar XF is a beautiful midsize sedan. In gorgeous British Racing Green, the exterior continues to scream Jaguar with its well-known grille and curvatures. You can notice it a mile away as Jaguar tries to maintain its stature in the mid-priced luxury market; and does a good job of it.
As the competition historically exceeds the price point of Jaguar like BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz, they really do a great job of offering a good sized and comfortable sedan with luxury amenities. Although some items are missing
With a base price of $ 49,000, we recognize that not all things may be previously named brand levels, but some things can be similar. For example, the seats on our week-long XF P300 R-Dynamic tester were exceptionally comfortable. Although the center console seemed oversized, limiting the width of the legroom, the seats were fascinating and the overall comfort was top notch. The interior was also exceptional. The Light Oyster interior and Ebony leather with Natural Burr Ash Veneer wood grain trim are premium brands. The 11.4-inch infotainment system did not stick out and was positioned correctly like the air conditioning, the radio controls were all easy to navigate. Unlike most vehicles in this market where setting up your Bluetooth on your cell phone is always an issue, Jaguar wasn’t, it was a cinch.
In the powertrain department, we recognize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque aligned with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. With that, we noticed some lag and delay in getting started quickly, but for the price that’s to be expected.
As a former Jaguar S-Type owner, I recognize that level of comfort and stature is a top priority, while exclusivity and design keep owners coming back. Yes, Jaguar has been criticized over the years for its persistent problems in the electronics and powertrain departments, but in our week-long test we didn’t identify any issues and instead appreciated the quality of the driving and design advantages of the XF. We realize that all vehicles eventually have issues and given that there are no recent issues in the Jaguar fleet, the XF is a great choice and even better value for money.
MSRP: $ 49,995
As tested: $ 62,695
MPG: 22 city, 30 highway, 28.4 as tested