Equipment levels for the Jaguar XF S are largely in line with what you’d expect for this segment and price. Electrically-adjustable heated leather seats, auto high-beam headlights, auto wipers, reversing camera, parking sensors, satnav and bluetooth streaming are all present.
The test car featured an optional head-up display, which worked brilliantly and is highly recommended. It was also equipped with an upgraded infotainment system, which did not garner any great praise. The system felt slow and clunky compared to its German rivals, and the touchscreen was difficult to use on the move (the Germans still refuse to go down the touchscreen path, and I completely agree with them). Bluetooth pairing was also inconsistent.
Safety-wise, the Jaguar XF range was awarded a five-star rating from Euro NCAP when it was launched in 2015. Autonomous emergency braking is standard, but additional active safety features like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot assist and active cruise control are all optional extras.
Better than: Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, Maserati Ghibli
Not as good as: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90
The large executive car segment is a very tough marketplace, but the Jaguar XF S is competitive in pretty much every way you would need.
It is a comfortable, quiet and smooth saloon, with plenty of performance on tap whenever you feel the need. It rewards spirited driving far more than most of its rivals, and is a genuinely lovely place to cover miles – whether it’s a daily commute, a motorway trip or a Sunday blast.
The visible digital technology – satnav, stereo, bluetooth, and instrument panel – lags considerably behind the best in class, and certainly the fuel economy on the XF S isn’t too clever. Some of the optional extras are pretty pricey, and a few should really be standard equipment on a car like this.
If you can live with the negative points and enjoy driving, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy a Jaguar XF S.
Jaguar XF S – key specifications
Test Date: May 2017 Price: from £51,100
Insurance group: 38
Engine: Petrol, 3.0-litre supercharged V6
Power: 380hp @ 6,500rpm Torque: 450Nm @ 4,500rpm.
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds Top speed: 155 mph
Fuel economy: 34.0 mpg (combined cycle) CO2 emissions: 198. g/km
Key rivals: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series