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Under the guidance of the Indian group Tata Motors, and in tandem with Land Rover the Jaguar started a new stage in the history, which was designated by the flagship of the brand new XJ. This car has become a model for the design development of all future models of the brand. A business-class sedan Jaguar XF was the first to obtain such design, and it will be described in Jaguar XF Review. It was produced since 2008 and its update goes without saying.
XF sedan retains the graceful profile with a curved roof, reminiscent of the jaguar's back. The back part is emphasized by muscular “shoulders” of the wings. Especially prey look is added by narrow headlamps with LED fluorescent lamps. The profiled bonnet looks more ominously, the branded chrome grille is slightly changed (it is made in the style of a classic Jaguar XJ 1968). The front bumper with chrome lining on the sides is refreshed. The front wings are decorated with updated “gills” which directs heat away from the engine compartment.
In the basic version the cabin of Jaguar XF is decorated with leather, which is liberally diluted with brushed aluminum inserts. There is a new three-spoke steering wheel with remote audio controls and cruise control keys. The steering column is equipped with electric adjustment for all XF. Instrument dials are classically decorated and have a pleasant pale blue backlighting. Between the speedometer and tachometer there is an on-board computer screen. The front seats are a bit modernized, which improved their lateral support. However, they are traditionally soft and comfortable. The electric adjustment and heating are included in the basic package. The bench on the second row is shaped by two passengers, so sitting in the middle will be somewhat constrained, legroom is enough. European Jaguar XF has a capacious 540-liter boot, in fact it simply has no spare tire, which frees up more of space.
The petrol engines remain unchanged. The line is opened by time-tested 3.0-liter 240-horsepower V6. It differs with high torque nature which is easily reached at 7000 rev / min. The car accelerates to 100 km / h in 8.3 seconds, and fuel consumption is quite large: 15.8 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 7.5 l / 100 km - in a country. V8 aspirated direct injection volume of 5.0 liters, as before, develops 385 hp and provides excellent traction at average speed range (huge 515 Nm is available at 3500 rev / min). The “eight” offers quiet and soft drive, and allows accelerating to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds; although, of course, fuel consumption of 17.3 l / 100 km in the city can’t be called small. And then there is the XFR version, in which the compressor raises the output to 510 hp, and the car can reach 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds.
The novice in the lineup of engines is the 2.2-liter 190-strong turbodiesel familiar from Land Rover Freelander and Range Rover Evoque. It had to be a little finished, because in the off-road vehicle it is installed transversely, and in XF - lengthwise. The motor has 450 Nm of torque at 2000 rev / min. With it the sedan easy climbs or overtakes without downshifting. With this engine the XF becomes the most economical Jaguar ever, consuming just 6.6 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 5.0 l / 100 km - in a country. This is achieved with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and technology of Intelligent Start / Stop.
Also there is available 3.0-liter diesel V6 with two power versions - 240 and 275 hp. Its advantage is the best smoothness of operation and excellent dynamics. Thus, the 275-strong version overcomes 100 km / h in 6.4 seconds. A huge 600 Nm is already available at 2000 rev / min - in fact, this is accompanied by a powerful pickup. In the city this sedan consumes 8.7 liters / 100 km, and in the country - 5.0 l / 100 km.
Automatic 8-speed transmission is perfectly adjusted, it is switched quickly and timely, even in normal mode, not to mention sports. Jaguar suspension, as a rule, is set for comfort. The steering is precise and responsive. XF has also excellent sound insulation: even at high speeds it is very quiet in the cabin.
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