Jaguar XF Diesel S review

The impressive V6 diesel version of Jaguar's XF sports saloon gets new handling and styling packs

Evo rating
Price
from £38,600
  • Does a good job of being an XFR-lite
  • Nothing can replace the real thing

What is it?An XF with more frugal running costs, but a handling pack, large wheels and various bodywork addenda to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun an XFR can dish up.  Technical highlightsThe updated 3-litre V6 turbodiesel is good for 271bhp and a thumping 442lb ft of torque, while covering 42 miles for every gallon of the black stuff. The Aerodynamic Pack costs £1500 and for this you get the side sills from the XFR and black mesh grilles. For another £500 you can add the LED running lights, but it’s the Dynamics Pack that intrigues most. It costs £1250 and includes huge 20-inch ‘Volans’ five-spoke wheels and the Adaptive Dynamics system. The software of which analyses the chassis and driver inputs 500 times a second and uses the resultant information to improve handling without apparently sacrificing comfort.  

What’s it like to drive?You do get one of the above, but not both. Handling is improved by the Dynamics pack, but there is a small reduction in driver comfort. With the system the XF DS is more positive on the way into a corner, particularly with the nose, but you will feel ridges and bumps a little more. It could be argued that the XF has so much built-in comfort that the sacrifice is small enough to be insignificant. How does it compare?Very well. Of course you won’t get the fireworks dished up by the XFR, but it’s a good compromise between executive comfort, a thoroughly entertaining chassis and sensible running costs

Anything else I need to know?It draws a surprising amount of attention from other road users, it has only 19lb ft less torque than the XFR and the dash to 60mph takes only 1.2 seconds longer.

Specifications

EngineV6, 2993cc, turbodiesel
Max power271bhp @ 4000rpm
Max torque442lb ft @ 2000rpm
0-605.9sec
Top speed155mph (limited)
On saleNow, £38,600

Most Popular

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI

The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 features aesthetic tweaks to celebrate 45 years since the icon first hit the road
26 Feb 2021
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021