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2018 Jaguar XF 25t review

By Scott Newman, 19 Jan 2018 Reviews

2018 Jaguar XF 25t

Updated XF range gets Ingenium engines to give it the bite it needs

THE Jaguar XF range has received an update for the 2018 model year, primarily based around the roll-out of JLR’s latest ‘Ingenium’ engine family.

A 2.0-litre turbo petrol is available in three states of tune, 147kW/320Nm 20t, 184kW/365Nm 25t and 221kW/400Nm 30t, with two diesels (132kW and 177kW) joining the carryover 3.0-litre six-cylinder S engines, a 280kW/450Nm supercharged petrol, and grunty 221kW/700Nm turbo diesel.

Tested here in 25t guise, the XF is a nice car, which isn’t meant to sound anywhere near as condescending as it does. Simply put, the XF is very good in many areas without being standout.

Its party piece – probably the primary reason why you’d buy it over its conservative German opposition – is its looks. The sporty R-Sport is pictured here, however, our black Portfolio test car looked mature and classy; granted, it looks very similar to the smaller XE, but the design language seems to work more cohesively on the larger XF.

The 2.0-litre turbo four looks the goods on paper (6.6sec 0-100km/h; 6.8L/100km) and is torquey enough for brisk acceleration, but it feels a little strangled at the top end suggesting the 221kW tune is the one for keener drivers. Jaguar’s chassis is also well up for a punt, with accurate, well-weighted steering, fine handling balance and good body control.

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The interior lacks the latest gadgets of the new-gen Germans but works well enough, though the rotary gear selector needs to go.

Pricing is also an issue, as while the base cost is sharp enough a long options list can quickly add up. Choose wisely, but start with the 221kW engine.

2018 Jaguar XF 25t Portfolio specs:

Engine: 2.0-litre inline-4 turbo
Power: 184kW
Torque: 365Nm
0-100km/h: 6.6sec
Price: $92,900