Jaguar XF review - is the Jaguar's exec-saloon best in class? - Interior and tech

An engaging drive, but rivals beat Jaguar in some areas

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  • Engaging chassis, ride comfort and handling
  • Restrictive engine choice, lacks cutting edge technology

Interior and tech

All the staples of an executive saloon are there. There's plenty of leather and decent quality switchgear, but the XF is a long way off German rivals when it comes to tech. In particular, Mercedes has set a new bar with its current generation E Class interior, which the Jaguar simply can't compete with, and Audi's dual-touchscreen cabin in the A6 also moves the game on somewhat.

Essentially a downsized S-Class, the Merc boasts cutting edge infotainment and driver aids technology that the Jaguar just doesn't have, while the Audi's touchscreens are among the more intuitive we've used. The Jag's setup, on the other hand, feels old – even after recent updates.

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Broadly there are few complaints with the XF's cabin. Like the smaller XE it feels well-built out of suitably high-quality materials. It's logically arranged and your main touch-points, such as the steering wheel and the supportive seats, are well-designed. The rotary gear selector knob is getting on a bit these days though and sits less comfortably in the relatively unimaginative cabin than it did even in the XF's predecessor.

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