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2009 Jaguar XF Review
A luxury car that’s fun to drive.
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A luxury sedan with the styling of a coupe, the 2009 Jaguar XF combines the class and distinction of a classic British motorcar with the latest in style and technology. The 2009 XF was introduced as a replacement for the Jag S-Type, thus becoming the storied English automaker’s entry-level model.
A midsize luxury sport sedan, the 2009 Jaguar XF is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Supercharged. Luxury versions come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, sunroofs, leather seating and upholstery, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, power accessories, power 10-way front seats, and split/folding rear seats. Standard technological features for the Luxury model include rear parking assist and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a premium audio system equipped with a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack.
Opting for the Premium Luxury version sees the addition of 19-inch wheels, heated 16-way power seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a voice-activated navigation system, keyless entry, and keyless ignition. Supercharged versions boast 20-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes, more powerful engines, active suspension, power rear sunshades, front seat cooling systems, bi-xenon headlamps, front parking assist, and rearview cameras. The Supercharged version also includes an improved audio system with a six-CD changer and satellite radio.
Most features available on the higher trim levels can be added a la carte to the lower ones as can other stand-alone options such as heated steering wheels and active cruise control.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XF Luxury, Jaguar XF Premium Luxury, Jaguar XF Supercharged
A midsize luxury sport sedan, Jaguar XF was an all-new model introduced in 2009 as a replacement for the Jag S-Type.
The 2009 Jag XF is certainly impressive to look at, with its classic Jaguar crouching stance and roofline that sweeps to the tail, more in the fashion of a fastback coupe than a luxury sedan. While some have regarded the XF’s headlight design as being on the quirky side, the general consensus is that the 2009 XF is a handsome looking luxury sedan with a sporty disposition.
Being a sedan, the 2009 Jaguar XF foregoes the cockpit-like interior common with most contemporary Jags. Instead, the XF boasts a more spacious interior that’s as elegantly appointed. The vehicle’s shapely seats offer good thigh support and the soft armrests are also very comfortable. Interior accents of finely finished woodwork in tandem with metallic detailing and cool blue instrument lighting to help create an interior atmosphere that is stately and classic as well as modern and chic.
Performance & Handling
Luxury and Premium Luxury versions of the 2009 Jaguar XF come equipped with 4.2-liter V-8 engines rated at 300 horsepower and capable of producing 310 lb-ft of torque. Versions of the XF equipped with this engine are capable of making it from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The Supercharged version features the same engine equipped with a supercharger that increases horsepower to 420 and torque to 413 lb-ft. Both versions are rear drive and come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The supercharged engine makes zero to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Reviews indicate that acceleration with either engine offering is smooth and swift. Downshifts and upshifts furnished by the car’s six-speed automatic transmission are perfectly timed, and the ride is quiet. Brakes can be applied with hardly any nose dive and the car corners with the athleticism one expects from a Jaguar. However, despite the XF’s sports car disposition, it is a luxury sedan and indeed offers the comfortable refined ride consumers would expect from such a vehicle.
Standard safety features for the 2009 Jaguar XF include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Supercharged models also include a blind spot monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XF: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Stunning good looks
- Lots of power under the hood
- Formidable handling capability
You Won't Like
- Looks too much like the Lexus GS series
- Quirky Square-looking grille and wide-peering headlights
A luxury car that’s fun to drive.
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