XF 2.0d 180hp R-Sport Auto
first official global media test
driving of the new Jaguar XF took
place last week at Pamplona in the
foothills of the Pyrenees and on
F1s Circuito de Navarra in Spain.
what you need to know...
FULL ENGINE LINE-UP comprises of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium turbodiesels
with a choice of 163 and 180hp (both available with manual and automatic transmissions);
an automatic 300hp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel; and a 380hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged
petrol with an eight-speed automatic 'box.
Whilst the higher performance supercharged V6 petrol engine was interesting
to sample on the race circuit to explore the outright handling capabilities
of the new XF saloon, the core model of most importance was the XF with the
180hp 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesel in its engine bay.
This new in-house Jaguar Land Rover variable-valve-timing turbodiesel unit,
as well as the 163hp version, are claimed to be 24% more fuel and CO2 efficient
than the previous Ford-supplied 163 and 200hp 2.2-litre engines used in the
outgoing XF models.
the 180hp unit develops 317lb ft of torque from 1,750rpm and is available with
either a new six-speed manual gearbox or, and likely to be the most popular
choice for UK customers, an eight-speed automatic. Top speed is 136mph with
zero to 62mph taking 8.1 seconds.
The 180hp power
output also used in
the new Jaguar XE
delivers a very
respectable top speed of
136mph but as with
the XE it is the torque of
317lb ft from 1,750rpm
that gives it that real
shove of acceleration...
consumption in the Combined Cycle is officially 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions of
114g/km, so road tax is £0 for the first year and then £30 for the second year
onwards. Our test model was to R-Sport specification and with the autobox it
costs £36,850 (manual gearbox versions cost £35,100).
The 180hp power output also used in the new Jaguar XE compact
saloon delivers a very respectable top speed of 136mph but, as
with the XE, it's the muscular torque that gives it that real shove of acceleration.
The new Ingenium engine has a growl to it but it's not intrusive, and once in
'the cruise' engine noise becomes more hushed although road noise intrusion
becomes evident. Again, as with the smaller Jaguar XE saloon, it seems to be
the case that aluminium body structures do transmit slightly more decibels and
resonance than steel ones.
With the eight-speed autobox the engine is always in its 'sweet spot' for instant
power delivery mid-range acceleration is immediate, which is very
good for overtaking slower traffic. Around town the engine is quiet and very
Our fuel economy, driving on some challenging but relatively traffic-free Spanish
roads, was 38.3mpg; not very close to the official 65.7mpg Combined Cycle but
I would expect longer runs on motorways to see this figure improve to closer
to the 50mpg mark.
Moving up to the 300hp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel brings a huge torque output
of 516lb ft from 2,000rpm. This powerplant is only available with the eight-speed
automatic transmission but why would you want anything else? It
is hugely responsive and made very light work of the severe mountain climbs
into the Pyrenees up very narrow winding roads.
For the record its maximum speed is 155mph with zero to 62mph taking 6.2 seconds.
Officially the Combined Cycle figure is 51.4mpg our test drive
returned 37.8mpg; well below the official figure but only a shade worse than
the 2.0-litre engine and the test driving was done on a more challenging route.
big V6's 144g/km of CO2 is not that off-putting either; road tax is £145 a year.
For drivers covering long journeys who want effortless cruising performance,
then this engine meets those needs very easily although for some the £10K price
hike over the top-spec 180hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel may be financially off-putting.
Driving on some
challenging but relatively
not very close to the
Combined Cycle but I
would expect longer runs
on motorways to see
this figure improve
to closer to
the 50mpg mark...
of all are the 380hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines: these punch out
331lb ft of torque at 4,500rpm and partnered with the eight-speed automatic
gearbox are top-speed-restricted to 155mph with zero to 62mph taking a sharp
The official fuel economy is 34mpg although no figure was taken on our race
circuit testing! In its latest Euro6 guise, Jaguar says this unit shows a 14%
improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions over the previous version. For
the record, CO2 emissions are a relatively high 198g/km so road tax is initially
£490 but reduces to £265 after the first year.
No doubt that for high-performance petrol engine enthusiasts this supercharged
V6 will be the one to go for it's fast, it's gutsy, it thrives
on engine-revs and it sounds great! But it will cost you to the
tune of £50K.
In terms of ride comfort and handling, the new XF saloons offer fast and precise
change-of-direction handling and the well-weighted steering supplies good feedback
to the driver. The ride is generally on the comfortable side, although ripples
in the tarmac and potholes can unsettle the overall calmness the XF generally
In most ways the new XF is a larger 'cloned' version of the slightly smaller
and less expensive XE. It will be important for both model ranges to attract
conquest customers to the Jaguar brand rather than the XE and XF to take customers
from each other with few incremental sales. The German brands manage it
so should Jaguar.
Overall the new XF scores highly for its strong and responsive new Jaguar engine
with tax-friendly emissions, it's agile with executive class ride comfort, has
a high-spec and spacious interior and, most importantly for a 'Jag', has great
XF 2.0d 180hp R-Sport | £36,850
Maximum speed: 136mph | 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds | Test Average: 38.8mpg
Power: 177bhp | Torque: 317lb ft | CO2 114g/km