Jaguar XF Saloon (2015 -) Comfort

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 09 Dec 2015
4.8
Replacing a car that heralded a fresh, new start for a brand is quite an ominous task but it’s the one facing the second generation Jaguar XF saloon. The latest mid-sized Jaguar saloon is a more careful evolution of the four-door coupe shape, but it’s one that's dramatic and bristling with subtle detailing.

4.8 out of 5

Comfort

  • Easier to get into the more spacious cabin
  • Rivals remain roomier, though
  • Adaptive suspension cossets passengers

Jaguar XF comfort was already well-regarded and this iteration takes this to a new level.

Most obvious is the increased interior space, despite the overall reduction in the XF’s length and height. A sizeable 51mm wheelbase increase has liberated more room for passengers, particularly in the back, while lowering the seat itself has increased headroom too.

The Jaguar XF will now genuinely carry four six-foot-tall adults with relative ease. Three adults abreast on the back seat might remain a trickier proposition, though.

Those seats themselves are new to this generation XF and look tauter and sportier, but are no less comfortable for it. The XF’s stiffer body makes it inherently quieter inside with less chance for squeaks and rattles to develop, while the soft-close door option prevents louder slams.

The cabin is lighter and more airy thanks to an increased glass area, including a third side window behind the rear door. The added benefit of which is the door itself can be more upright in shape making getting in and out easier.

Two damper types are offered with the Jaguar XF suspension. The standard dampers provide a more supple ride at lower speeds, and a stiffer one at high speeds to aid handling to prevent the car wallowing along over motorway undulations.

While it’s effective the superior adaptive dampers allow drivers to switch between different levels of firmness. Even in Sport mode, while the ride isn’t quite as cosseting as in Comfort mode it’s still pleasantly supple.

4 out of 5

Practicality

  • More space for people and luggage this time around
  • Top-spec models have a 40:20:40 split rear seat
  • Plenty of storage cubbies in the upmarket cabin

Given the sleekness of its four-door coupe-like profile you’d be forgiven for imagining Jaguar XF practicality might not be particularly impressive.

This generation of XF, however, features a larger aperture than before allowing better access to the 540-litre capacity boot.

As standard all Portfolio and S specification models (optional on the others) have a 40:20:40-split rear seat back, allowing longer, more awkward loads to be carried with ease.

An electric boot lid is available or standard, depending on the trim, the same for keyless entry, although all XFs are started at the push of a button.

Rear parking sensors come as part of the package of all models, while higher-end trims additionally feature a complementary set at the front and a reversing camera too. A 360-degree camera system and self-parking can be added at extra cost.

Elsewhere about the cabin there’s a handful of usefully sized storage areas. There’s a rubber-backed well in front of the gear lever, a pair of cup holders in the centre console and a hinged armrest which also reveals a couple of USB ports and a 12-volt charging point

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Behind the wheel

  • Cabin lacks the original XF’s wow factor
  • Remains a luxurious place to spend time
  • InControl Touch Pro multimedia pack impressed

This second-generation Jaguar XF’s interior is impressive but it lacks the theatre of its predecessor.

Those revolving air vents live on but now only the outer ones feature this start-up drama as the central pair are slender and fixed – they don’t even rise in a pod like the F-Type’s.

They’ve moved for functional reasons, though, as the cut-out in the dash is a one-size-fits-all slot for both the 8.0-inch InControl multimedia system and the new, InControl Touch Pro system with its 10.2-inch touchscreen.

Both systems offer a greater clarity of graphics than seen in the previous XF, the screen is more responsive to touches and there’s greater connectivity than before, including a Wi-Fi hotspot with up to eight connections.

If you upgrade to the Touch Pro system, your clear and well-presented analogue dials with a small digital screen between them are replaced by a 12.3-inch screen as per the Jaguar XJ. The XF’s second evolution, though, features sharper graphics and continues to be adaptable in its appearance.

Elsewhere the remainder of the cabin looks like a combination of old XF – particularly with the broad aluminium plinths across the dash – and the latest XJ with the ‘Riva Hoop’ – that line of veneered trim – that splays from the doors and runs around the base of the windscreen.

Only Portfolio models have a leather swathed dashboard; the remainder have a heavily grained soft-touch plastic that looks a little too coarse in texture for the sophisticated interior.

Also debuting on the XF is laser-based head-up display (HUD) unit, projecting extremely sharp and colourful graphics for speed and sat-nav instructions direction on

to the windscreen. The unit itself looks clunkily grafted onto the top of the instrument binnacle.