Jaguar XF 2013

June 20, 2013
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Jaguar XF 2013 All Wheel Drive

Jaguar XF 2013 All Wheel Drive

For the past five years, the Jaguar XF has been a one-trick pony, serving up nothing but V-8s and rear-wheel drive in a luxury market that demanded more. Competitors with more variants were sending the XF to the glue factory—or whatever factory processes endangered species for use in adhesives. Now, finally, Jaguar’s stylish sedan will have the engine range and all-wheel drive it needs to better compete; the latter is a non-negotiable prerequisite to sell luxury cars in the northeastern United States.

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Jaguar XF 2013 All Wheel Drive

Jaguar XF 2013 has Turbo Four, Super Six, and a Killer V-8

The entry-level Jaguar XF 2013 XF now comes with a 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the 251 lb-ft of torque, and rear-wheel drive is the only setup available. Jaguar estimates a 0-to-60 time of 7.5 seconds, a number that seems far too conservative to us. When last we tested a 240-hp BMW 528i, which uses the same ZF gearbox as the Jag, it laid down a 5.9-second run. Considering that the Jaguar XF 2013 is a claimed 200 pounds lighter than the BMW, we hope to see much quicker performance than Jaguar is suggesting.

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Jaguar XF 2013 interior

At $47,850, the Jaguar XF 2013 2.0T would seem like a good value. On its own, it is. But a mere $3025—not a lot more than a rear-seat refrigerator in a Porsche Panamera—is all it takes to buy an Jaguar XF 2013 with another 100 horses. A new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. That’s a bit of a downgrade from the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 that this engine replaces, which was rated at 385 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. But the XF 3.0 Supercharged comes with an eight-speed auto rather than the old V-8’s six—and the new car is about $6000 cheaper than the outgoing XF 5.0.

The crown jewel of this entire Jaguar XF 2013 revamp, however, is the availability of all-wheel drive for the V-6 model. “Why,” you may be wondering, “is this a big deal at all?” Simply put, shoppers in the Snowbelt won’t consider a car if it doesn’t have all-wheel drive. According to data gurus RL Polk, 88 percent of BMW 5-series buyers in cold-weather states spec their cars with all-wheel drive; the same is true for the Mercedes-Benz E-class. Ninety-one percent of S-classes sold in cold states have all-wheel drive. Last year, the 5-series outsold the XF nearly 10 to 1.

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Jaguar XF 2013 interior

About that all-wheel drive, then. Jaguar’s “Instinctive All-Wheel Drive” system uses a transfer case with a multi-plate wet clutch. By default, most of the power is sent to the rear wheels, and if slipping is detected, 100 percent of the thrust can be shifted to either axle. Since the Jaguar XF wasn’t originally designed to accept all-wheel drive, the company had to get creative to retrofit it; the front half-shafts, for example, run through the oil pan.

The Jaguar XF 2013’s supercharged V-8 engine carries over, still making 470 hp in the Jaguar XF 2013 Supercharged and 510 in the XFR; neither V-8–powered model will be available with all-wheel drive. Both get the new eight-speed transmission, though, and the XFR will be offered with an optional Speed Pack, which raises the top speed from 155 mph to a far-more-useful 174. The Speed pack also adds new front and rear spoilers and, in Jaguar’s vague words, “suspension and aerodynamic enhancements.”

Jaguar XF 2013 All Wheel Drive rear

British Insides with German Efficiency

The interior was seemingly forgotten about back in Coventry, lost amidst the chopping and changing under the hood. But there are a couple of minor upgrades to this Jaguar XF 2013, and they’re not entirely inconsequential. A 10-speaker audio system is standard, while two Meridian audio systems—one a 12-speaker system and the other packing 17—are now available as options. More important, Jaguar’s generally loathed navigation system has been updated for what the company claims is “improved usability.”

Jaguar XF 2013 engine

The $47,850 Jaguar XF 2013 2.0T comes well-equipped with heated leather seats and other toys. Jaguar estimates mileage numbers of 19 mpg city/29 highway. For $50,875, shoppers get the XF 3.0 Supercharged and an estimated 18/28; adding all-wheel drive costs $3000 and lowers efficiency numbers to 16/25. The Jaguar XF 2013 Supercharged stickers at $68,975—same as last year—and the new transmission aids in mileage estimates by two mpg highway to 15/23. Finally, at the top of the range, the XFR returns the same 15/23 fuel economy as the Jaguar XF 2013 Supercharged but will set you back $84,075. An engine stop-start system is now standard on V-6 and V-8 models, which means many dealers may be adding “deactivate stop-start” to their pre-delivery checklists.

Jaguar XF 2013 All Wheel Drive in the mud

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Newly powered Jaguar XF 2013 sedans arrive at dealers at the start of 2013. Sales of the all-wheel-drive version begin in February, just in time for a mid-season snow dump.

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