It ought to definitely be extra satisfying to drive, because the XF delivers with Jag’s ordinary steering excellence and physique management. Whereas different midsize luxurious sedans have drifted away from the sporting realm (cough, BMW 5 Collection), the XF maintains its engagement with the driving force. As we found when pushed again-to-again with the Volvo V90, it is one of many sportiest of sport wagons. It is undoubtedly the sportiest of Sportbrakes.
Nevertheless, it is the “XF” bit that disappoints. The unique XF was actually one thing when it debuted, that includes seductively glossy styling in a phase of great German sedans. The distinctive cabin placed on a present with rotating air vents and a rotary shifter that rose into your hand upon urgent the beginning button. The truth that the XF was totally different inside and out of doors from its fellow Jaguars additionally differed from the Russian nesting doll design strategy of its rivals. The unique wasn’t with out flaws, nevertheless it was particular.
This 2018 XF simply is not. The cabin is the most important drawback, because it seems to be similar to these of the cheaper XE and F-Tempo SUV, and is fairly unremarkable and, properly, uninteresting to behold. Even the “present” parts which have survived appear vestigial now, as solely the outer air vents rotate and the shifter not rises into your hand because the starter has migrated elsewhere. Extra regarding, although, is that the supplies are simply less than the phase requirements, and positively not in line with a test car that has a sticker of $eighty four,815. As an example, the previous XF could possibly be fitted with delicate leather-based overlaying the doorways and the broad, downward sloping sprint. The brand new one has coarsely grained pleather.
Then there’s the matter of performance. The rotary shifter within the unique XF was definitely a part of the “present” nevertheless it additionally freed up vital area on the middle console for 3 cupholders/bins. The brand new one resides in an expanse of wooden trim the size of a shift boot, leaving no room for that third cupholder/bin. Positive, there is a small grippy pad ahead of the shifter, nevertheless it’s too small for a lot of telephones and does not feature wired or wi-fi charging. In the meantime, the beneath armrest bin has shrunk to close ineffective proportions. Positive, it has extra features and a a lot better tech interface, however normally, what the hell occurred?
Underneath the hood, the frustration continues with the Sport Brake’s lone engine selection: a three.zero-liter supercharged V6 good for 380 horsepower and 332 pound-ft. Positive, that is an ample quantity, and I will not even complain that it is out there solely with all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, this V6 is completely characterless. It lacks the easy, buttery clean thrust of the previous XF Supercharged’s V8 (420 hp, 413 lb-ft) that might be had for the same price. It lacks the satisfying mechanical zing of different six-cylinder engines. It even lacks the exhaust histrionics of different present Jaguars that would, probably, perhaps, make up for all of it. For a car with that a lot energy, it surprisingly leaves you flat.
And personally, that makes me unhappy. The unique XF was and is one among my favourite automobiles — I might seize the keys of an previous lengthy-time period test car at each alternative. Nevertheless, comparisons to a previous love aren’t the one cause for my disappointment. It is that this XF does not appear any extra aggressive than that car, whereas not partaking on an emotional degree to the identical diploma. For the top and for the guts, it falls flat, and that would appear to make the XF a troublesome promote in a troublesome phase. If something, although, at the least this Sportbrake model is distinctive sufficient to maneuver the needle just a little greater.
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