Jaguar XF 2021 Review
Even among luxury products, there is a very distinct difference between old luxury and new luxury. In some ways, old luxury has its charms – traditional ways of displaying wealth and status that range between the subtle and the outrageous. New luxury is cleaner, cooler, and ever more in fashion – although it is that last bit that creates a bit of chaos among luxury automobile manufacturers.
In the case of the German marques, it is a constant struggle between keeping their long loyal customer base with products they can recognize and appreciate, without being altogether off putting for a younger, newer demographic. At times this hasn’t quite worked right and occasionally a product generation ends up being a bit of a miss in terms of one demographic or the other – or both.
With jaguar, however, the story is a little different. Those unfamiliar with the brand will most often associate it with older luxury, being perhaps a class above the Germans though not being exceedingly popular either. Between the 1990s and the 2010s, there was a bit of a lull in development for the brand as ownership changed over the years and left little room for proper development.
But when Jaguar eventually returned, they came back with a strong product line – expanding to eventually include models like the Jaguar F Type roadster. Still though, the bread and butter for the British marque lies with their mid-sized luxury sedan in the form of the Jaguar XF – and it is now in its second generation, which was globally and locally introduced back in 2016.
At launch, the Jaguar XF was made available in two variants, eventually being pared down to a singular option as of 2021. Five years in, perhaps it’s about time for a facelift – though current economic conditions and finances may not necessarily allow for development of a proper facelift for the XF.
Jaguar XF 2021 Specifications
Over the years, Jaguar has quietly changed the specifications of the Jaguar XF available in Malaysia – though this information isn’t widely available. At launch back in 2016, the jaguar introduced the XF with two variants – one of which was known as the 2.0 R-Sport. The XF 2.0 R-Sport that you see here today is slightly different.
While it maintains the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Ingenium range of Jaguar powerplants, in today’s trim it produces 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque – a significant bump over the original. However, in what seems specific to our local market, this 2.0 R-Sport comes with only rear-wheel drive instead of the all-wheel drive setup found in other markets.
Similarly it’s difficult to discern which exact variant of the transmission is used in our local model, but they all fall under the ZF 8HP eight-speed conventional automatic umbrella of transmissions. There is sequential shift mode for gear control, though this is only accessible via steering mounted paddle shifters as the gear selector is a rotary dial.
There are also some performance options such as All Surface Progress Control, or ASPC, and torque vectoring. These two elements add a bit of an edge in terms of performance and handling characteristics, being a mild evolution of the traditional traction and stability systems that you know of. The power steering system is electrically assisted, as is par for the course in your modern car.
Dimensionally, the Jaguar XF comes in at 4,954 mm long, with a wheelbase that stretches 2,960 mm. The overall width is 2,088 mm inclusive of mirrors, while the height stands at 1,457 mm. The boot space is rated at 540 litres – large enough for the odd golf bag or two.
Jaguar XF 2021 Exterior
20-inch alloy wheels in a five split-spoke design sit at each corner, finished in a gloss dark grey with a contrasting diamond turned accent finish. LED headlights are prominent at the front, inclusive of LED J blad daytime running lights to boot. The Jaguar XF is a handsomely proportioned vehicle, bearing sportier design cues compared to the model it replaced, and likely inspired by the Jaguar F Type’s success.
Jaguar XF 2021 Interior
On the inside of the Jaguar XF there are plenty of your usual luxury elements such as 10-way electrically adjustable front seats finished in a Taurus leather, Dark Morse Code aluminium instrument panel finishers, suede headliners, and an interactive driver display. The steering wheel is a soft grain leather unit, complete with R-Sport branding.
Jaguar XF 2021 Safety Features
Thankfully, the Jaguar XF is not a car that skimps on advanced safety systems, including items such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot assist, and reverse traffic detection. This is on top of the regular safety items like electronic stability and traction control, as well as ABS with emergency brake assist.
Jaguar XF 2021 Strengths & Weakness
At first glance, it can be incredibly difficult to see where the strengths of the Jaguar XF lie – especially with the rather hefty pricing that sits head and shoulders above an equivalent German rival. It is this pricing alone that usually makes one think twice about taking on Jaguar ownership, but even if things seem comparable on the surface there’s a lot more consider with Jaguar’s products.
For one, there’s an element of prestige that you get from the badge alone. Jaguar may have been absent for a stretch, but their current range of products are still exclusive enough to be considered distinguishable from a crowd of otherwise German luxury sedans. Performance and handling are easily comparable, though at this price point they aren’t priorities.
Technologically the Jaguar XF doesn’t have an edge, but it is in the choice of materials and the design where the real value of the Jaguar XF lies. On paper it ticks all the right boxes, but understanding why Jaguar products demand a higher price point requires you to take an in-person trip to your nearest showroom and experience the car for yourself.
Jaguar XF 2021 Price
You can get the Jaguar XF in Malaysia in a single variant – the 2.0 R-Sport. This model goes for RM 457,934.09, inclusive if the current sales tax exemptions introduced by the government, but excluding road tax, registration, and insurance. Like other Jaguar products, it comes with a five year, 150,000 km warranty, as well as a five year service package that stretches 65,000 km, and three years of roadside assistance.
Jaguar XF 2021 Features
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard, pairing with the 10-inch touch screen infotainment system that also comes loaded with its own navigation functionality. There is a 380W Meridian sound system to reproduce crystal clear sounds, as well as Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity for the convenience of occupants. Two-zone climate control is standard, as are ambient lighting and keyless entry and start.
Jaguar XF 2021 Fuel Consumption
The manufacturer quoted fuel consumption figure for our local Jaguar XF 2.0 R-Sport is not available, though a similar variant from another market manages to return 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which translates to roughly 13.3 kilometres per litre. As is the case with all turbocharged engines, fuel efficiency depends heavily on the way in which you drive. Harder driving yields significantly worse fuel efficiency as the turbocharger consumes a lot more fuel in its operation.
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- Body Type: Sedan
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1999 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Price: RM 424,528 - RM 433,962
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