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Car review: Jaguar XF Saloon

An efficient, luxurious and spacious company car. You can’t go far wrong with the Jaguar XF, writes car reviewer Tim Barnes-Clay.

Jaguar XF saloon exterior

If you spend more time sitting behind the wheel of your company car than lounging on your sofa, the 2014 Jaguar XF Saloon 2.2 oil-burner should be your next motor.

Equipped with diesel power, the big cat represents a compelling mix of elegance and efficiency, helping to reduce the tax burdens on you and your fleet managers alike.

The four-cylinder powertrain is offered with an Intelligent Stop-Start system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

This enables the car to deliver the kind of performance you would expect of a Jaguar, along with reduced emissions and significantly better fuel consumption.

161 horsepower 

On the move, the car feels solid and planted to the tarmac. 

Pull comes as a surge rather than an immediate stomach tingling sprint, but you can feel the 161 horses biting at the bit. 

That said; you have to push your right foot down hard in order to swing your leg over your steed and get those horses galloping. 

0-62 mph comes in a modest 10.5 seconds and top speed is 130 mph.

Jaguar XF averages 57.7mpg 

There’s no doubt the XF was born to hoover up the miles. 

If you feather the accelerator pedal you could sit on the road all day averaging up to 57.7mpg. 

And, as alluded to earlier, with a CO2 figure of just 129g/km you can sit back and relax knowing your car is indeed a benefit rather than a juicy target for HM Revenue and Customs. 

The low emissions produced by the engine are helped further by Jaguar’s Stop-Start system. 

Stop-Start technology

Jaguar XF saloon cabin

This shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarting it in less time than it takes for your foot to move from the brake to the accelerator. 

The technology also offers "change of mind" functionality, enabling the diesel lump to quickly restart even during its rundown phase to allow you to, for example, exploit a gap in traffic at a junction. 

An illuminated "ECO" symbol appears on the instrument panel when the engine has been stopped by the system. 

Stop-Start can be turned off manually, but it’ll automatically be turned on again for the vehicle’s next journey with every ignition cycle. 

Second battery 

The gadgetry operates in all modes apart from reverse.

The Jaguar also has a secondary battery fitted specifically for re-starting.

This means all the normal car systems – such as the entertainment system, the ventilation and lights – continue to receive power from the standard car battery and are unaffected by the re-start. 

In addition, a complex control device ensures that the Stop-Start operation only occurs when the car doesn’t require the engine for other functions.

Opulence and build quality

So, efficiency is the overarching impression when it comes to the XF 2.2 diesel. 

That, united with the usual opulence and build quality associated with modern day Jaguars, means you really can’t go far wrong. 

The big saloon is equally at home being your main family machine as it is your premium executive status symbol. 

It won’t hit you hard in the pocket, but it’ll convey prestige and good taste when you turn up at a business meeting. 

And you’ll get approving nods from your neighbours when they see you washing your XF at the weekend.

Pros & cons 

  • Efficient √
  • Luxurious √
  • Spacious√
  • Image √
  • Unexceptional acceleration X

Fast facts 

  • Max speed: 130 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 10.5 secs
  • Combined mpg: 57.7
  • Engine: 2179 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel
  • Max. power (bhp): 161 at 3500 rpm
  • Max. torque (lb/ft): 295 at 2000 rpm 
  • CO2: 129 g/km
  • Price: from £29,945 on the road

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Tim Barnes-Clay

Leon Poultney

Tim is an experienced motoring writer with a background in radio and TV journalism. He puts his pedal to the metal each week with his must-read car reviews.

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