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Jaguar XF – Audio and Infotainment

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/6/2018 Eric Stafford
Audio and Infotainment: We compare features, test the system’s response time, and probe the depths of Jaguar’s audio and infotainment system to rate it against those of its rivals.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc We compare features, test the system’s response time, and probe the depths of Jaguar’s audio and infotainment system to rate it against those of its rivals.

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Every XF has a version of Jaguar’s InControl Touch infotainment system; buyers can upgrade to the Touch Pro unit for a fully digitized dash and premium features-at a premium price, of course. However, the system’s software seems to be still in the beta phase, as we experienced various glitches during our test.

What’s New for 2018?

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The XF has the same infotainment system and options-or lack thereof-for 2018. Although Jaguar isn’t the only company in this class not to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it should consider better smartphone integration considering some of the infotainment malfunctions we’ve experienced.

2017 Jaguar XF

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Infotainment Features

The standard InControl Touch system has an 8.0-inch touchscreen and an 11-speaker, 380-watt Meridian stereo. The Technology package adds robust navigation, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen. The InControl Touch Pro unit’s central screen has customizable settings and allows multiple kinds of touch gestures. A mighty 17-speaker, 825-watt Meridian sound system is also included. Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available.

Safety and Driver Assistance

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Infotainment Performance

Apart from response times similar to popular smartphones, we lost count of the frozen screens, reboots, and unresponsive touch functions among several cars we tested.

Test Results: Infotainment Response Time

By filming the infotainment screen while switching between various menus and then analyzing the high-speed video frame by frame, we are able to accurately measure the system’s response time. We rate infotainment response, or latency, on the following scale:

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We measure the electrical current that each USB port provides. All USB ports found in a vehicle provide 5.0 volts, per the USB standard. Current, measured in amps, varies and dictates the charge times of devices. The higher the amps, the quicker a device’s charge time. Not all USB devices are created equal. Most modern smartphones can charge at 2.0 amps, while slow or stagnant charging can result from using current at 1.0 amp or lower when the device is in use.

Test Results: USB Performance

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Continue Reading:

1. Jaguar XF Overview
2. Engine and Transmission
3. Fuel Economy and Driving Range
4. Performance and Driving Impressions
5. Interior and Passenger Space
6. Audio and Infotainment
7. Cargo Space and Storage
8. Exterior Design and Dimensions
9. Safety and Driver Assistance
10. Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
11. Video Overview: Interior Infotainment, Cargo Space

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