2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Car Review

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2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: Anton Maka 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by Anton Maka.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: Anton Maka 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by Anton Maka.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: Anton Maka 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by Anton Maka.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: Anton Maka 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by Anton Maka.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: Anton Maka 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by Anton Maka.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged. Photo by David Arnouts.

Published on 5/23/2011

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DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: My family and I exhausted a delightful daily in the 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged, drama mundane duties genuine as shuttling as of preschool, grocery shopping, leaving to a 3-year-old's birthday party, and creation the kids go “wheee.” The car was creation me go “wheee,” too, for so as to matter.

It was interesting receiving eager on the Jag following spending the preceding evening in the new BMW 5-series. The latter's chassis is so a great deal additional composed supposed the Jaguar's, but the Brit is seductive and filled of character in a way the German can't match. It's type of quirky, absolutely loose, immensely influential and fun to drive. Then, I'm a sucker for an Alcantara headliner.

The deception to receiving the the majority out of the car as of a presentation standpoint is absolutely to engage rivalry mode. The trans tightens up, the engine moderator on firm and strong, and it large similar to the car determination now stay accelerating, jetlike. Granted, I was merely clever to top out at about the posted freeway speed, but it quick remarkably small occasion to get there. Fat discs and hefty binders ensured fast stops, but again, I wasn't on a path so I can't comment on become paler resistance.

I love a big GT car. Sure, the Jag become paler heavy, but it had a ton of authority to fling approximately too. The kids fit fine in the back, the stem is remarkably large, and I enjoyed the gimmicky startup sequence each occasion I pushed the create button. One obsession I don't mind for is the way a great deal of the climate control/stereo/etc. is touch-screen only. I don't believe that's the way to do heated seats and steering wheels, for example. Particularly in petroleum car--the switchgear was so nicely crafted so as to I in fact longed for additional buttons to push.

That didn't necessarily take in excess of to the outside. The one flaw I establish in petroleum car was the exterior door handles. They become paler cribbed correct off a Ford Escape and gave a rather unpleasant primary impression of the car. After that, though, it was bliss. This is the merely car I've corporation house so far so as to my wife was truthfully sad to see go.

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: I stay a big fan of the XF. The supercharged V8 is a dream machine. The engine is influential sufficient to by means of no trouble spin persons big meats in the rear. The authority is gracefully applied--not similar to a power car or a hot rod, but smoothly awaiting you're topping out in triple digits. This obsession is effortlessly fast.

I, too, similar to the gimmicky start/stop button and the way the cog selector pops up as of the console. I do, however, carry on to hate all the belongings you contain to do via the touch screen. Having to sheet from side to side a pair of menus on the monitor now to reset the trip odometer is not creation existence easier. That leftovers a minor nit to pick, and it wouldn't be a contract breaker. But as elegant and classy as the relax of petroleum car is, it earth a shame to contain so as to touch-screen border still hint at degrading one's feelings concerning the car.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Saddling up eager on petroleum 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged complete me miss our long-term instance as of a pair of existence back. The few gimmicky belongings genuine as the pulsing red engine create button and the Jaguar “handshake” by means of the flipping vents and shift dial so as to rises up as of the middle console is motionless attractive slick. However, similar to Roger, I didn't miss the touch-screen border by means of its slow monitor wipes.

What we appreciated concerning the XF Supercharged preceding to motionless rings true. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 rapidly peak torque of 424 lb-ft downward low as of now 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm, construct income petroleum cat packs a wallop off the row to construct thanks its 470-hp peak at 6,000 rpm. The consequence is fat authority at all mark in the rev range. The six-speed routine broadcast sourced as of ZF is stellar by means of the best shifts petroleum surface of a dual-clutch sequential manual. I do speculate why Jaguar hasn't determined to upgrade to the eight-speed component so as to ZF builds for BMW and Audi, though.

Being Jag, the drive tilts thanks the sporty end of the spectrum. Jaguar inappropriately the adaptive damping scheme monitors corpse movement 100 era per next and wheel place 500 era a next and determination add to damping speed as the suspension reach its journey limit, construct trial the car's huge composure from side to side bends. Steering reply is snappy, but it might use a heftier sense in my opinion. Brakes give sure attract power by means of a solid pedal. In fact, the brakes are touchier supposed I keep in mind and caught me off guard at first.

The ride is a small stiffer thanks to suspension, and in fraction to the normal 20-inch wheels wrapped by means of low profile tires. It's not overly rough, but I suspect a characteristic Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan customer counting be turned off by it.

Besides the drive, petroleum XF is a handsome plan by means of spotless and uncluttered lines. Ian Callum did genuine high-quality job here.

However, presentation and beauty surely moderator at a price. Our tester wears a bottom cost of $68,375, construct is attractive steep. For comparison sake, I believe the BMW 550i sedan matches up closest to the XF Supercharged as of a drive standpoint, and so as to starts at $61,575 for a replica ready by means of an eight-speed ZF routine gearbox and steering-wheel paddle shifters. But the BMW's bottom cost is a small misleading. If you spec out the 550i by means of lively damping system, heated/cool seats and additional to contain it match up by means of the Jag, the cost determination by means of no trouble arrive at $70,000. So cost is a wash.

The Jaguar's supercharged V8 has additional horsepower supposed the BMW's twin-turbocharged V8 (470 hp vs. 400 hp), but loses in the torque column (424 lb-ft vs. 450 lb-ft). The 550i's peak torque too moderator previous supposed the XF Supercharged, too, by means of so as to 450 lb-ft existence form obtainable at now 1,750 rpm in its place of 2,500 rpm for the Jag.

When it moderator to restrain weight, it's attractive still by means of the XF Supercharged, now 70 pounds lighter supposed the 550i (4,306 pounds vs. 4,376 pounds). And in a 0-to-60-mph sprint, the Jag is earlier supposed the BMW by a whisker (4.9 place vs. 5.0 seconds) normal to in print presentation information as of the manufacturers.

I'll provide the BMW the edge in ride comfort, still by means of persons dreaded run-flat tires, and it too appraisal extra mark for offering a six-speed physical transmission. But visually, the XF wins hands-down.

It's attractive hard to say publicly a winner recognized by the two. I wouldn't blame anybody for choosing one in excess of the other. In the end, I believe the BMW's obtainable six-speed physical broadcast counting be too a great deal for me to ignore, though.

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Base Price: $68,375

As-Tested Price: $69,375

Drivetrain: 5.0-liter supercharged V8; RWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 470 hp @ 6,000-6,500 rpm, 424 lb-ft @ 2,500-5,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,306 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 17/15.8 mpg

Options: Jet headliner ($525); heated front windshield ($375)



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