2019 Jaguar XF Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Jaguar XF brings an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, technology and refinement to lead the business car segment, underpinned by class-leading driving dynamics and refinement. The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars.

For the 2019 model year, the XF will feature a new limited edition model, an enhanced infotainment system with expanded functionality, and a variety of standard interior refinements.

WHAT’S NEW

  • New 300 SPORT limited edition model features 296hp 2.0L turbocharged Ingenium engine
  • Jaguar InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen, now standard across the XF model range, features refreshed screen layouts and graphics
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now available as part of new optional Smartphone Package
  • Navigation Pro, Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot now standard on Prestige models
  • Navigation now enhanced with voice command functionality
  • Interiors feature elevated refinement and luxury with a number of new enhancements, standard across the XF lineup
  • 19-inch 7-Spoke “Style 7013” wheel now offered as an option on Premium models

DESIGN

From any angle the 2019 Jaguar XF is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar. The sleek, coupé-like profile, long bonnet with deep power bulge and the short front overhang mark this car out as a sporting sedan that stands apart from the crowd.

Aerodynamic performance is optimised by apertures in the front bumper, which channel air over the front wheels. The headlights – including the adaptive full-LED technology – are flush with the surrounding panels, improving not only aesthetics but also aerodynamics. They also feature Jaguar’s signature J-Blade LED daytime running lights.

The power bulge on the long aluminium bonnet runs all the way through to the nose cone, emphasising the car’s performance potential, integrating Jaguar’s latest-generation deployable bonnet technology to the rear hinge assembly. The elegant daylight opening graphic features a full return, the form inspired by past Jaguar sports sedan. With radii honed to within fractions of a millimetre to deliver the complex curvature, the feature is testament to Jaguar’s expertise in working with aluminium.

Running from front to back, peaking above the rear wheel in terms of height and then tapering away, is a chamfered feature line known as ‘the spear of light.’ The reflections make the car appear even more lithe, more agile, and more elegant. At the rear, the LED tail lights feature the signature Jaguar graphic from F-TYPE – a line intersecting a roundel – also used on the XE.

The chrome signature blade running across the boot lid between the light clusters emphasises the XF’s taut surfaces and dynamic visual balance. To deliver the flush fit of the light clusters and perfect integration of the chrome blade, the boot lid is made from two steel pressings joined by laser brazing. As well as being highly energy-efficient, this state-of-the-art process was selected for its precision and neat, clean finish.

Introduced for 2019 Model Year, the 300 SPORT Special Edition features a range of exterior design enhancements with the grille surround, side vents, side sills, mirror caps, boot spoiler, rear valance and 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels all finished in Dark Satin Grey. A choice of three exterior colours (Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black) is available, and bespoke 300 SPORT badging on the grille and bootlid helps to identify this model.

INTERIOR

The interior of the 2019 Jaguar XF has always attracted attention, especially the start-up sequence bringing the car to life as the rotary gear selector rises up from the center console and the air vents rotate into position. The goal was to retain that sense of occasion – and the strong, simple lines and horizontal feel of the instrument panel – but mature the design language and the use of materials, befitting the status of the XF now that XE is in position as the entry-level Jaguar sports sedan.

The layered instrument panel, with Jaguar signature ‘Riva Hoop’ inspired by XJ, continues into the door, creating a unique cabin feel. This is enhanced by the generous application of veneers such as Gloss Figured Ebony and trim finishers such as Carbon Fiber.

With available features such as the reconfigurable 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display and four-zone climate control, 10-color Configurable Ambient Lighting, Morzine Headlining and perforated Windsor leather seats, the XF reflects the standard for interior luxury and design.

For 2019, interior luxury and design is further heightened with a number of enhancements added as standard across the 2019 Jaguar XF model range. These include: Suedecloth Headlining, Frameless Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror, Bright Metal Pedals, Chrome Seat Switches, Illuminated Metal Treadplates with “Jaguar” Script and Premium Carpet Mats.

Enhanced front seats in the Jaguar XF Portfolio model provide even more comfort for driver and front passenger with standard 20-way adjustable perforated Windsor Leather seats that include four-way lumbar adjustment and manually adjustable winged headrests. The rear seating also features a practical 40:20:40 split design, making it easier to through-load bulky items such as skis or snowboards. The trunk lid benefits from an optional power open and close function (standard on Portfolio).

The 116.5-inch (2,960mm) wheelbase of the XF helps to provide rear passengers with traditional Jaguar comfort while the available four-zone climate control system, heated rear seats and window blinds help further enhance passenger comfort.

Like the exterior design, the interior of the limited edition 300 SPORT model features a number of unique design elements. There is yellow contrast stitching for the instrument panel, door casings, armrest, seating and steering wheel, while ‘300 SPORT’ badges can be found on the front seat headrests, steering wheel and treadplates.

POWERTRAIN

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house to meet the exacting requirements of the Jaguar brand for power, torque and refinement, the Ingenium engine line is a modular family, which delivers a range of diesel and gasoline engines.

Turbocharged ingenium diesel
The most fuel efficient powertrain offered in the 2019 Jaguar XF, the 180hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium diesel produces 317lb-ft of torque from low engine speeds, delivering strong acceleration. The 180hp Ingenium diesel engine features a 2,200bar common rail injection system. The engines also feature the latest variable geometry turbochargers to deliver a clean, quiet, efficient combustion process. A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system featuring both high-pressure and cooled low-pressure circuits reduces pumping losses, while the reduction in peak combustion chamber temperatures deliver inherently low emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

The Ingenium diesel also features a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to help minimize NOx emissions. By injecting a urea solution into the exhaust gas upstream of an SCR catalyst, NOx is converted into nitrogen and water. Should the additive tank require topping-up between scheduled services, replenishment is simple: the filler neck is located next to the fuel filler neck.

Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
A pair of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engines have been developed entirely in-house in two power ratings: 247hp / 269lb-ft (badged 25t) and 296hp / 295lb-ft (badged 30t). All Ingenium engines deliver low levels of friction to optimize efficiency and refinement while the gasoline engines deploy twin scroll turbos to reduce lag and optimize power output.

Continuously Variable Valve Lift technology improves air delivery to the gasoline engines. The 247hp and 296hp powertrains feature electrohydraulic valve control, which provides fully variable control of the intake valve lift for optimum power and torque across the rev range.

In a first for Jaguar, the exhaust manifold is also integrated with the cylinder head casting. Passing coolant through the manifold considerably reduces warm-up times, when engines are at their least efficient state.

Supercharged V6
For drivers seeking the most rewarding experience, the 2019 Jaguar XF offers a 380hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. This all-aluminum powertrain is shared with the F-TYPE sports car and characterized by the immediate throttle response, linear power delivery and unique intake and exhaust sound. The twin-vortex roots-type supercharger is neatly packaged in the ‘vee’ of the engine. Together with direct injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing, the supercharger enables the engine to generate a high torque output throughout the rev range, delivering strong acceleration3.

The 380hp engine is exclusive to the XF S, accelerating from 0-60mph in 5.0 seconds (0-100km/h in only 5.3 seconds) and on to an electronically limited top speed of 121mph3.

Smooth 8-speed automatic transmissions
Every engine in the 2019 Jaguar XF, from the 180hp Ingenium diesel to the 380hp supercharged V6, is offered with a specifically tuned version of the ZF eight-speed automatic. Combined with the unique Jaguar rotary gearshift controller and paddle shifters, these advanced transmissions provide smooth power delivery and performance with seamless shifting.

The transmission controller monitors driving styles and adapts its shift patterns to suit. The ECU is also networked to the Jaguar Drive Control, offering even quicker shifts and more dynamic kickdown in Dynamic mode, and earlier up-shifts in Eco mode.

Complementing the stop-start system is Transmission Idle Control: if the vehicle is stationary and held against the brakes with the engine running, one of the brakes inside the transmission opens, reducing drag losses.

Two versions of the ZF 8HP family feature in the XF. The 380hp supercharged V6 in the XF S is paired with the 8HP70 transmission, while the gasoline and diesel turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engines are matched to the lighter, more compact 8HP45 transmission. To improve driving comfort even further when running at very low engine speeds, the 8HP45 transmission features a pendulum damper in the torque converter. This additional element is able to absorb very low frequency vibrations and help prevent them from passing through to the cabin.

All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Designed from the outset to offer AWD, the 2019 Jaguar XF features a next-generation torque-on-demand system and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) – a sophisticated control strategy developed entirely in-house. To enhance the system’s potential, IDD is networked to the Torque Vectoring by Braking system and the Dynamic Stability Control6. Its effectiveness already proven on the AWD Jaguar F-TYPE, IDD is designed to preserve Jaguar dynamics DNA while maximizing the performance and handling benefits of the additional traction.

Integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission, AWD is available on all XF models and standard on the XF S. In normal driving, all of the torque is sent to the rear axle. But when required, a multi-plate wet clutch diverts torque to the front axle via a chain drive in the transfer case.

The amount of torque that is transferred – and when – is controlled by the IDD module, which is integrated into the transfer case. Using sensor data such as yaw rate, steering wheel angle and lateral acceleration, algorithms within the IDD controller continuously estimate road surface friction, and how much of the available grip is being exploited at each tire contact patch.

If IDD predicts that the rear tires are approaching the traction limit, torque is seamlessly transferred to the front axle. IDD also functions reactively, and can vary the front-rear torque split to mitigate oversteer when cornering through yaw damping.

2019 JAGUAR XF PRICING

TRIM LEVEL

MSRP4 (RWD/AWD)

25t Premium

$49,965 / $52,965

25t Prestige

$54,985 / $57,985

20d Premium

$51,465 / $54,465

20d Prestige

$56,485 / $59,485

30t Premium

$52,965 / $55,965

30t Prestige

$57,985 / $60,985

30t 300 SPORT

$63,810 / $66,810

30t Portfolio

$67,565 / $70,565

S

$67,625 (AWD)

 

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