Jaguar offers the XF at four equipment levels, most of which give you a choice of engines. They are Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, and S.
The least costly is the XF Prestige, which comes only with the 2.0-litre diesel engine, and has 18-inch wheels and very bright Xenon HID headlamps.
Spend more for an XF Portfolio and you can choose a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder or a 3.5 litre petrol V6. Wheels are bigger, at 19-inches, and the tyre profile is correspondingly lower – which sharpens steering response.
In a Portfolio, 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. Headlamps use efficient and long-lasting LEDs, and dip automatically for oncoming drivers. There is a power-opening boot lid.
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 wheels, and several other sporty cosmetic touches.
Spend more again on an XF S and you get a different body kit and red-painted brake calipers. The head-up display and LED headlamps return. Adaptive suspension adjusts the car’s ride automatically for the driving conditions, enhancing comfort and control.
There are also several advanced safety options that you can buy for any Jaguar XF. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance to the car in front automatically, with the help of a long-range radar. Blind-spot detection alerts you to cars in adjacent lanes that you might not have been able to see. A lane-keeping system adds to the standard lane departure warning: if you drift too close to the edge of your lane, it applies counter steering to put you back on track.
A larger, 10.2-inch central touch screen, and a fully digital instrument cluster, are also optional, under the label InControl Touch Pro. The digital instrument cluster measures 12.3-inches and is fully configurable, allowing the driver to add sat-nav instructions and other useful information alongside the usual dials.
The Adaptive suspension that is standard on the XF S is also available as an extra-cost option on other versions.