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Jaguar XF S review

Performance version of second-generation XF saloon


The Jaguar XF S is a worthy competitor in a very tough market. It's not perfect, but it is a fine car.


The Jaguar XF S is a worthy competitor in a very tough market. It's not perfect, but it is a fine car.

What is it: The Jaguar XF S is the performance model of the second-generation XF family, although not the most extreme version available.
Key features: Supercharged V6 engine, lightweight construction, superb ride/handling balance
Our view: The Jaguar XF S is a worthy competitor in a very tough market. It’s not perfect, but it is a fine car.
Review type: Full road test

The current Jaguar XF range has been on sale for a couple of years now, although it’s possible you may not have noticed since it looks rather similar to both the previous model and the smaller Jaguar XE saloon.

Despite the same-again styling, it is a much more advanced machine. Extensive use of aluminium and lightweight materials has kept weight down – despite a more spacious cabin and ever-increasing levels of kit weighing it down.

On test is the XF S performance model, which is powered by a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine generating some 380hp. Plenty quick enough, then. It also gets some slight styling tweaks, bigger wheels and brakes, and suspension upgrades. Lower-spec models get the Ingenium diesel and (from summer 2017) petrol engines, replacing previous units sourced from the Ford empire.

Over a week of varied driving, the XF S proved highly competent is what is an incredibly tough market segment. The middleweight Jaguar range has to compete against the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, Maserati Ghibli and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If you don’t want the performance S model, then the Volvo S90 is also a formidable competitor.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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