By Veeno Dewan
A sleek, luxury midsize sports sedan, the Jaguar XF is the first Jag to be offered with a diesel powertrain in Canada. The new 2018 Jaguar XF 20d comes with an “Ingenium” 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit producing 318 lb-ft of torque. – And 180 horsepower. Jaguar says its 20d diesel is a 44% improvement over the gasoline V6. This second generation XF is a striking, yet contemporary looking car with its sleek aerodynamic profile and distinctive rear taillights. It looks every inch how a thoroughbred Jaguar ought to look. For 2017, all XF models have the eight-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive.
We tested a stunning Polaris white painted XFd with some options from the top R-line versions including 20″ 9 Split-Spoke Style wheels, Heated Front Windscreen. Navigation with SD Card, Head-Up Display, Comfort & Convenience Pack offering Powered Tailgate and C Heated/cooled front seats and Rear heated seat as well as Soft Door Close pack. The Derivative Pack offered: R Sports vents, R-Sport rear spoiler, and bumpers Taurus Leather Sports Perforation, Sirius Satellite Radio, Dark Engine Stripe, Adaptive LED Headlamps + Signature DRL, R-Sport heated Steering Wheel and Trunk Lid Finisher. Base Price for our tester was $68,500. Options and delivery boosted the price to $76,850 plus taxes and fees. Safety is high, and our tester arrived with: Autonomous, Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor (+ RTD CVS), Lane Keeping Aid + Driver Drowsiness, and front and rear Parking Aids.
The interior is also high quality with Jaguars attention to detail being top class The dashboard features a classy wraparound theme, and the instrument cluster offers bright and legible instrumentation. A standard eight-inch touchscreen in the center stack provides gestures swipe, pinch and touch capability as found on smartphones and tablets. The back bench seat features a versatile 40/20/40 split, for long items such as skis. The trunk is also more extensive with room for at least four golf bags.
On the road, the XF we tested does betray its diesel engine with some minor diesel chatter, but it is fairly muted and not annoying. Unlike the gas engined versions, performance is milder and less intense as the more powerful siblings. With a 0-100 km/h dash in about 8.4 seconds, the diesel DX offers outstanding fuel economy, and a huge mileage range to offset the slight decrease in acceleration times. Still, the Ingenium engine offers an auto start/ off function to cut off engine power during idling. And let’s not forget diesel is still the cheaper alternative to regular gasoline. With an excellent chassis tuning, lightweight, and the XFs wonderfully precise steering. The Jaguar proves a delight to drive. The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors the Jags body motion and wheel movement hundreds of times a second — to determine the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions. With no rain in this hot bone-dry summer we didn’t get a chance to try out Jaguars new Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) traction setup, but people who did agree that it’s capable of incredible feats of control and stability. The XFd is not the hairy chested dragster like the XFS but is a superb highway cruiser that will eat up the hours and hours of highways driving and hundreds of kilometer thanks to that big fuel tank. Fuel consumption is impressively miserly rated, (City / Highway / Combined) L/100km: 7.8 / 5.8 / 6.9. Such is the comfort and supple ride of the XF that driver will still be relaxed after long drives. Not much to complain about. If you must have extra visceral thrills, then look to the XFS model. The XF is a wonderful alternative to the European (Read German) competition. It looks unique, stands out and is a thoroughly modern sport sedan with unmistakable Jaguars style.20818 Jaguar XF R-Sport
Base Price: $68,500
Price as tested with options and delivery $76,850