Jaguar XF review - is the Jaguar's exec-saloon best in class? - Design

An engaging drive, but rivals beat Jaguar in some areas

Evo rating
Price
from £33,835
  • Engaging chassis, ride comfort and handling
  • Restrictive engine choice, lacks cutting edge technology

Design

It’s a Jaguar so naturally Ian Callum’s pen has directed how the XF looks. This new model builds on the 2007 original but wears Jaguar’s larger, new front grille, there are new side sills to give the perception of a lower ride height and a new look to the rear of car, although to some it looks a little too close in appearance to the better proportioned, tauter lines of the smaller XE. 

The XF has been given a longer wheelbase to try create some distance between it and its smaller sibling, as such Jaguar have tried to create more of a cab-backwards design by stretching the bonnet and giving the car a rear quarterlight. Strangely, thanks to the wide tail-lights, the XF can also look a little narrow from the rear - a side effect of when designers try to taper the rear to reduce the impression of mass.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

As usual with Jaguar's these days, one must take car in specifying the car as smaller wheels are easily overwhelmed by the longer wheelbase. The overall shape is very well resolved though and can look very lean and agressive compared to German rivals. One word of warning could be made though, as Portfolio cars can look a little chintzy due to the chrome mesh grill and plastic chrome bars on the front valance.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/aston-martin/202217/2020-aston-martin-vantage-roadster-revealed
Aston Martin

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster revealed

Two-seater Aston Martin Vantage Roadster gets a sleek new look and a new roof
12 Feb 2020
Visit/lamborghini/201900/819bhp-lamborghini-aventador-based-v12-hypercar-nears-production
Lamborghini

819bhp Lamborghini Aventador-based V12 hypercar nears production 

Track-only Squadra Corse machine fired up for the first time at Sant’Agata Bolognese factory
11 Feb 2020
Visit/ford/mustang/202231/1969-ford-mustang-mach-1-given-986bhp-twin-turbocharged-v8
Ford Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 given 986bhp twin-turbocharged V8

A pair of turbochargers and a modern Coyote V8 turn this ’69 Ford Mustang into a near four-figure quarter-mile hero 
13 Feb 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019