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2014 Jaguar XF

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

This year marks the debut of the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S - the automaker's most powerful and fastest Jaguar sedan ever built. Under the hood sits a supercharged 550-hp 5.0-liter V-8 with 502 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that routes power to the rear wheels. Jaguar claims the 550-hp engine returns the same fuel mileage (15/23 mpg city/highway) as the less powerful XF Supercharged (470 hp) and XFR (510 hp) with the same supercharged 5.0-liter. The XFR-S is limited to 186 mph. In the 2014 Jaguar XF, the automaker also offers a 240-hp, 251 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 as well as a 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. All engines are backed by an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.0-liter engine. Four-cylinder models are rated 19/30 mpg, while V-6 models are rated 16/26 mpg.

The Jaguar XFR-S benefits from a revised exhaust system and an intake with a symposer that sends induction sounds into the cabin. Only 100 XFR-S sedans will make it to the U.S. in 2014. As for the more volume-oriented Jaguar XF sedans, we enjoyed our year-long stint in a pre-refresh model (2008-2011). In our 2008 Jaguar XF Supercharged Long-Term Verdict we said, "Ian Callum's design earned raves early on from nearly our entire staff, and that admiration didn't fade. This is a great-looking sedan, distinctive and flavorful even when swimming in the premium pool that is West Los Angeles. Bolstering our ongoing admiration for the XF's lines were its dynamic talents; from the effortless punch of its blown 4.2-liter V-8 to the dexterity of its suspension, the Jag rates as one of the most enjoyable sedans in its class to hustle hard."

In 2012, the Jaguar XJ received a new front end including a new grille, fascia, vented fenders, and aluminum bower bulge hood. The interior was revised with new switchgear and seats. Interior trim is available in wood or carbon fiber. Safety tech includes the requisite airbags, active head restraints in the front seats, anti-lock brakes, and an electronic stability system and traction control system as well as optional features such as adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning system, and a collision warning system. A backup camera is also available. The 2014 Jaguar XF sedan has not been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

New for 2014

The limited-edition high-performance 550-hp Jaguar XFR-S model is new for 2014 and features revised transmission, chassis, and suspension as well as a brake, and wheel and tire upgrade. A new Vision Pack includes Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Front Lights, Intelligent High Beams and electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror. Premium Pack now includes Jaguar Voice Control and keyless entry, while the Interior Sport Pack and Black Pack are available on all models. XFR models are available with a new Performance Pack that adds the Sport Exhaust as well as chassis and brake upgrades from the XFR-S and a higher 174 mph top speed.

You'll Like

  • Supercharged V-8 power and exhaust growl
  • Modern styling
  • It's not another BMW

You Won't Like

  • Smallish navigation screen
  • Backseat space isn't class leading
  • Can get pricey

Key Competitors

  • Audi A6/S6
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Maserati Ghibli

Sum Up

4 star More passionate than practical among midsize luxury sedans


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