Jaguar XF-S: Ready to Pounce

Jaguar’s flagship executive saloon combines a luxurious ride with sporty handling. 

By Ghaith Madadha

Launched globally in September and set for an imminent appearance in Jordanian showrooms, the all-new second generation Jaguar XF-S is an even more high tech and focused executive saloon than its predecessor. The new XF-S is an evolutionary design built on the British brand’s lightweight aluminum architecture. It benefits from extensive and advanced driver and dynamic assistance systems, and a thoroughly upgraded and user-friendly infotainment technology suite.

The sharper lines and more sculpted surfacing emphasize a wider, more assertive road presence. Its jutting honeycomb grille is snoutier, while ‘J’ style LED lights squint moodily, and its air intakes are larger and deeper. Its more muscular and bulging bonnet trails off to a more prominent, yet classier and lower waistline ridge, which translates to improved visibility. With powerful haunches, short front overhang, and elegantly longer, more accommodating 540-liter boot, the XF-S emphasizes a classic cabin-rear look, and benefits from a 27 mm rear headroom increase, despite a lower roofline.

Using 75 percent aluminum construction content, the XF-S is 28 percent stiffer and 11 percent lighter, and makes ride refinement, handling precision and performance, and efficiency gains. Though slightly shorter, the 51 mm longer wheelbase provides better stability and rear legroom. The car features either passive dampers improved for low speed ride or optional adaptive dampers that soften for comfort and stiffen for control.

Powered by Jaguar’s familiar supercharged 3-liter V6 engine in top 375 BHP tune, the XF-S bolts responsively off-the-line. It builds to a 332 lb/ft torque peak by 4500 rpm, while maximum power arrives at 6500 rpm. Sprinting through 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and capable of 250 km/h, the XF-S drives its rear wheels through a slick and quick shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox with rising metal rotary selector and paddle shift levers for concise manual mode shifts.

On test drive, the XF-S devoured winding northern Spanish B-roads and hilly routes with eager fluency and finesse. It proved connected and thoroughly rewarding, and superbly reconciled the sometimes contradictory requirements for a luxurious ride and sporty handling, with comfortable and well-adjustable driving position, 50:50 weighting, and linear and responsive steering and throttle control. The XF-S was also reassuringly buttoned down at speed and settled on vertical rebound, soaking imperfection with suppleness despite optional low profile 255/35R20 tires.

The XF-S’ plush and refined cabin appointment features leathers, metals, woods, and soft textures, as well as uncluttered, user-friendly layouts and design clarity. Extensive semi-autonomous features include emergency braking, lane-keeping, sign recognition, parking assists, reverse traffic detection, and adaptive cruise control. All-Surface Progress Control—derived from similar Land Rover sister systems—is like sure-footed low-speed cruise control over low friction surfaces at 3.6-30 km/h. A standard InControl Touch 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system features gesture and voice control and text-to-voice tech. Optional smartphone-like InControl Touch Pro features quad-core processer, 60 gb solid state drive, Ethernet connectivity, and interactive satnav that positions the vehicle even without GPS signal.

Jaguar XF-S

Specifications

Engine: 3 liter, direct injection, supercharged V6 cylinders

Gearbox: 8-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive

Power, BHP (PS) [kW]: 375 (380) [280] @6500 rpm

Torque, lb/ft (Nm): 332 (450) @4500 rpm

0-100 km/h: 5.3 seconds

Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically governed)

Fuel economy, combined: 8.3 liters/100km

CO2 emissions, combined: 198 g/km

Length: 4954 mm

Width: 1880 mm

Height: 1457 mm

Suspension, F/R: Double wishbones/ integral link

Steering: Variable electric-assisted rack & pinion

Brakes: Ventilated discs