- New XFR-S model with a 550-hp supercharged V-8
- New Vision Pack with added safety technology
- Competes with the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6
The sporty 2014 Jaguar XF luxury sedan might have been overshadowed by the new F-Type this year, but you ignore it at your own peril; it still possesses one of the most potent mixes of performance and high-class trappings of any car.
Just like the competing BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the XF comes with an assortment of trim levels and high-performance models and for 2014 adds another member to the group in the form of the high-performance XFR-S (if the XFR which debuted in 2013 wasn’t enough for you). It bumps the horsepower count to 550 from 510 for the XFR, and also gets chassis and aerodynamic upgrades. There are also several new packages for the new model year, one focusing on safety (Vision Pack) and the other interior technology (Premium Pack).
The XF’s styling is rather British; it’s staid without being stuffy, with hints of aggression rather than full on heaps of it. The mesh grille up front sits below a sculpted hood and chrome accents can be found up and down the bodywork, especially the side windows. LED daytime running lights and taillights are standard.
Under the hood there are plenty of engine choices. The first two debuted last year in the 2013 XF, a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Still available are an optional 470-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, and a 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 which is found in the XFR. The XFR-S, as previously mentioned, gets a tuned version of the XFR engine which pumps out 550-hp. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
Inside, the 2014 XF has a luxurious interior with a few distinctive touches, including a rotary knob in the center console that rises when the car is started and serves as a gear selector, and climate control vents that spin open. Leather upholstery, wood trim, and heated front seats are all standard and ensure comfort. Also available are ventilated front seats, navigation, and a power rear sunshade.
Standard safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes. Just like the cabin, advanced technology is available for safer operation including adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning system, and forward collision warnings.