XF 3.0 V6 Diesel 600 S Premium Luxury
is highly rated by the motoring
media and, more importantly,
by consumers. Changes just
made to this exciting four door
executive saloon, with its hint
of coupe styling, just make
this classy cat even better...
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IS THE REPLACEMENT of the old 204bhp 2.7-litre
V6 turbodiesel by a new Euro V 3.0-litre turbodiesel that can be ordered either
in 237bhp tune or in 271bhp 'S' specification. All models use
a six-speed electronic automatic transmission with sequential shift, Winter
and Dynamic modes.
In this premium sector most of Jaguar's rivals BMW and Audi, for instance
have already adopted the 3.0-litre diesel engine format because the latest
technology allows for more power with better fuel economy and lower emissions
whilst at the same time still delivering more out-and-out performance. But technology
costs, so prices are increased some substantially. The new 2010 XF range
is priced from £32,900 to £59,900, but with the main selling new 3.0-litre V6
diesel models weighing in at £33,900 and rising to £44,200 depending on specification.
The XF 3.0D 600 S Premium Luxury reviewed here costs £40,500 around £3,000
more than the previous equivalent 2.7D model.
Before commenting on the substantial increase in performance with lower running
costs, it is the right time to say that in all respects the latest XF shows
significant improvements over the outgoing version which itself was very good
and highly praised.
The XF has always been an appealing car but it has to sell against the high-profile
premium brand BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. Where I think
the XF scores in the real world over these competitor models is in the areas
of ride quality and comfort the Jaguar is outstanding in these areas
and simply glides over the worst our UK roads can offer. Fortunately comfort
and composure haven't been achieved at the expense of roadholding and handling
qualities: the handling is precise, body movement is well controlled and the
steering communicates well with the driver.
In addition to the exceptional comfort, the XF offers a very hushed drive for
the five occupants only the lack of rear seat headroom for tall passengers
(blame the coupe side profile styling) and perhaps legroom as well for rear
passengers, can be criticised. The boot is adequate with 540 litres of space
but for some less fit users the low access into it can be daunting.
Jaguar uses the word 'crafted' to describe the XF and that is pretty accurate.
From the distinctive chrome mesh grille to the rear parking aids, from the standard
fit items such as automatic climate control to the blue halo instrument lighting,
to leather facings for the dashboard and door panels through to the seats, to
the thick pile carpeting, the XF is a quality product and most of all
there are hints of that classic Jaguar design and quality which originally made
the brand famous.
the latest XF is not just about style the main selling diesel-engined
XF is a fast cat with the heart of a lion. The new 3.0-litre V6 unit (as used
in a different state of tune by the new Land and Range Rovers) gives performance
without spoiling the pure driving refinement and comfort of the existing car.
classy cat with
the heart of a lion...
the capacity from 2.7 to 3.0-litres and using parallel sequential twin-turbochargers
has significantly increased power to deliver much more get up and go. The more
powerful 271bhp in the Diesel S gives the XF impressive levels of performance:
0-60mph takes just 5.9 seconds that's an impressive 1.8 seconds quicker
than the 2.7-litre model it replaces. Maximum speed is electronically limited
to 155mph. And these great performance leaps are achieved with combined average
fuel consumption in both models of 42mpg an improvement on the 2.7-litre
engine of over 10 percent and a CO2 emissions rating of only 179g/km.
In real-life driving conditions my test car returned 33.5mpg on average for
day-to-day driving which included the normal commuter trips as well as a couple
of longer motorway journeys. I can see 40mpg or thereabouts being feasible.
Although the maximum speed is not greatly higher than the previous 2.7-litre
unit, it is the much better engine response at low- to mid-range speeds that
impress most. Very smooth, fast when needed but docile and unworried in slow
stop-start conditions. The bonus to all this is this better fuel economy and
lower CO2 emissions, and it is impressively quiet at all speeds.
Overall, this XF is very hard to fault only the lack of rear seat headroom
and limited rear seat legroom for some. And that some models are now quite expensive;
but then quality and performance always costs.
What you do get for your money is stylish good looks, executive car equipment
levels and build quality, brilliant handling combined with a comfortable and
controlled ride, great new twin-turbo engine with loads of torque and very strong
residual values. The XF 3.0 V6 Diesel 600 is indeed a fast cat with the heart
of a lion. David Miles
Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 Diesel 600 S Premium Luxury | £40,500
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-60mph: 5.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 33.5mpg
Power: 271bhp | Torque: 442lb ft | CO2 179g/km | Insurance group 18E