In the past few years, the once car-heavy lineup at Jaguar has swiftly shifted toward crossovers, and now the 2021 XF is the brand’s only sedan—that is until the British automaker reveals the next-generation XJ, which will be an electric model. And unlike the brand’s SUVs, the XF nameplate comes with over a decade’s worth of performance and luxury expectations. For anyone looking for a sophisticated sedan, the 2021 XF may just be the ticket. Jaguar simplified its powertrain offerings for this year, cutting the supercharged V-6. That leaves the turbocharged four-cylinder as the only engine, which lacks the potency of six-cylinder versions of rivals such as the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class. But the brand did add some new tech and freshened up the look. Also, it cut the price.
What’s New for 2021?
Jaguar updated its mid-size sedan and slashed prices. Unfortunately, it also removed the previously optional supercharged V-6 from the lineup, leaving the XF with two versions of the significantly less powerful turbo four. A reshaped front end and new wheel designs help to modernize the look. Changes inside include subtle styling tweaks and new features such as a prominent 11.4-inch curved touchscreen.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
In order to maximize the sedan’s value, we’d go with the base P250 S. We see no reason to upgrade to the more powerful engine in the P300 or add all-wheel drive. Our preferred model comes with plenty of desirable features, including an 11.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 360-degree camera system, a 12-speaker Meridian stereo, passive hands-free entry, and wireless charging.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The XF is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes in two potencies. The P250 version produces 246 horsepower whereas the P300 generates 296 horses. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but only the less powerful one offers rear- or all-wheel drive. The P300 comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. While we haven’t had the opportunity to test both engines at the track, we did evaluate an older XF with the standard turbo four. It was a couple seconds slower to 60 mph than the now defunct supercharged V-6 model, but the exhaust still sounded great. We appreciated the Jag’s supple suspension, which delivered fluid handling along with exceptional ride quality. The XF’s steering transitioned adeptly between low-speed lightness and high-speed heft. The soft brake pedal had a gradual response, too.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither the EPA nor Jaguar has released fuel-economy estimates for the 2021 XF’s four-cylinder powertrains. However, we don’t expect the city and highway ratings to vary much from the previous model year’s. The EPA puts the 2020 rear-drive P250 at up to 25 mpg city and 34 highway. The all-wheel-drive P300 should manage 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Once we’re able to test the latest XFs on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we’ll update this section with our real-world results.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the XF receives a subtle makeover. Gone are the center-console rotary shifter and the outboard air vents that rotated open in the dashboard. Now, next to the new shift handle rests a drive-mode selector that lowers into the console when not in use. Jaguar overhauled the climate controls, too, with dials that have self-contained temperature settings. The redesigned center console hosts a newly standard wireless charger, and Jaguar says the space offers increased storage. The front seats are wider than before and have larger heating and cooling areas. Passenger and cargo space remain unchanged, which preserves the sedan’s roomy back seat and capacious trunk volume.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jaguar graces every XF with an infotainment system called Pivi Pro that runs through a prominent 11.4-inch touchscreen with curved glass. We haven’t interacted with this new interface yet, so we can’t say whether it’s more responsive and less glitchy than the company’s past systems, but we’ll keep you posted. In addition to supporting over-the-air updates, the setup comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a 12-speaker Meridian stereo.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 XF hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Jaguar’s mid-size sedan offers a satisfying selection of optional driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jaguar bestows the XF with warranty coverage that is above average for this segment. It also has one of the longest complimentary scheduled maintenance periods.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles
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