Jaguar offers the XF saloon at four equipment levels, most of which let you choose from four or more engines. They are Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, and S.
The least costly is the XF Prestige, which comes with 18-inch wheels, very bright Xenon HID headlamps, and the features in every XF. You can have the less powerful of the 2.0-litre diesel engines, the 20d, or any of the three petrol engines: 20t, 25t, or 30t.
Spend more for an XF Portfolio and you get seats trimmed in a finer grade of leather, and other more pampering interior trims. A head-up display projects useful driving information, such as your speed and navigation instructions, onto the windscreen, where you can see it more easily and safely while driving. Adaptive headlamps use efficient and long-lasting LEDs, adjust their beams as you turn the steering wheel, and dip automatically for oncoming drivers. There is a power-opening boot lid. Wheels are bigger, at 19-inches, and the tyre profile is correspondingly lower – which sharpens steering response. You can choose the more powerful of the 2.0-litre diesels – the 25d – or any of the four engines available in an XF Prestige.
Choose an XF R-Sport instead and you give up the Portfolio’s head-up display, LED headlamps and powered boot lid in return for a firmer suspension tune – which makes the car react more immediately to the steering, and lean outwards less in fast cornering. You also get a sports body kit, different 19-inch wheels, and several other sporty cosmetic touches. The seat trim pairs leather with a synthetic mesh. And you can choose either 2.0-litre diesel engine or one of the more powerful 2.0-litre petrols.
Spend more again on an XF S and you get a different body kit and red-painted brake calipers. Seats are trimmed in leather and suede, and the head-up display and adaptive LED headlamps return. Adaptive suspension adjusts the car’s ride automatically for the driving conditions, enhancing comfort and control. And you can choose either of the 3.0-litre V6 engines: turbo-diesel or supercharged petrol (but none of the 2.0 engines).
The XF Sportbrake can be ordered only in R-Sport or S trim, and in either case it comes with pneumatic rear suspension that compensates for big loads. In R-Sport you can choose from 20d and 25t engines. As an S it is the 30d V6 diesel only.
Much of the extra equipment supplied at certain trim levels can be added to other XFs as extra-cost options – the head-up display, and Adaptive suspension, for example. You can also option 20-inch wheels and a big range of internal and external trims. And you can have a hands-free boot that opens to a gesture from your foot.
A larger, 10.2-inch, dual-view central touchscreen is available under the label Touch Pro, as is a fully digital instrument cluster that Jaguar calls an interactive driver display. The touchscreen lets the driver and passenger see different screens. The instrument display measures 12.3-inches and is configurable, allowing you to add sat-nav instructions and other useful information alongside the usual dials.
You can also add to almost any XF an Active Safety Pack. It brings you Adaptive Cruise Control, which maintains a safe distance to the car in front automatically (with the help of a long-range radar). A queue-assist component will stop you if the car ahead stops in traffic – resuming if you tap the accelerator. The safety pack also brings you lane-keeping assistance, a blind-spot monitor, and reverse cross-traffic detection (which helps when backing blindly out of parking spots).
On XF Sportbrakes (only) you can order an Activity key, which is a waterproof wristband that can unlock the vehicle, allowing you to secrete the usual key somewhere inside.