With this year's departure of the compact XE, the Jaguar XF is now its automaker's smallest four-door sedan. Jaguar introduced the current, second-generation XF for the 2016 model year and it issues a midcycle update for 2021 with face-lifted styling and a new infotainment system. The XF competes against other midsize luxury sedans including the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Genesis G80.
The XF doesn't offer as well-rounded a package as the best midsize luxury sedans, but this Jag does provide plenty of charm. Its Ian Callum-penned sheetmetal is simply and elegantly designed, with stance and style fitting of the English luxury marque. Ride quality is firm and composed, allowing the XF to handle light on its feet like a proper Jaguar, but the stock tires leave something to be desired.
We've had mixed feelings on the interior in the past with some editors complaining about cheap-feeling bits and a tricky infotainment system, although both issues have been addressed in the 2021 update, so we'll see how they fare. Both four-cylinder engines provide decent performance, even if we'll miss the supercharged six-cylinder. Although this isn't our favorite midsize luxury sedan, the XF's excellent chassis balance and knockout styling make it a compelling pick for buyers looking for something a little different.
Although last year's XF offered both four- and six-cylinder engine options, the midsize Jag loses its 380-hp supercharged V-6 for 2021. What we're left with is a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an eight-speed automatic. There are two states of tune for the four-cylinder engine; a RWD or AWD 25t variant developing 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque or an AWD-only 30t model that generates 296 hp and 295 lb-ft.
According to Jaguar, the XF can hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds in 25t tune or 5.7 seconds with the 30t powertrain. Fuel economy is rated at 22-25/31-34 mpg city/highway.
Jaguar offers a few driver-assist active safety features on the XF. Automatic emergency braking and a 360-degree camera system are standard on all models, and well-optioned examples include blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver condition monitoring.
The XF provides seating for five, with 41.5 inches of legroom up front and 37.2 inches in the rear. Its rear legroom measurement is just behind that of the Audi A6 and exceeds the amount of space offered in the back seat of the 5 Series or E-Class. Cargo volume measures 17.8 cubic feet, which is down on the exceptionally spacious BMW but significantly more than the Audi or the Benz.
New for this year, every XF will feature an 11.4-inch curved touchscreen infotainment display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, and audiophiles should be pleased with the standard 12-speaker Meridian audio system.