Opinion: The Jaguar XF is a lovely luxury limo

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A reason for buying a Jaguar XF: color

In the earliest days of motorcycles, long Facebook and M&Ms storage of NASCAR’s, bikes will be painted nationwide.

Originally, France was blue, Belgium was yellow and Germany was white. The United States was red (although Italy overcame the Americans and continued that color a few years later). This meant that when England started racing a few years later, its red, white and blue flag colors were assigned to other countries.

They had to find something else and British Racing Green was born. Typically British Racing Green has a deep, deep blue color – it’s one of the best car paint colors ever.

British Racing Green evokes class and excitement, perhaps in large part James Bond’s existence. But its popularity is also due to the legacy of great British cars like the Jaguar E-Type, any Aston Martin or the classic supercharged Bentley (which Bond drove in Ian Fleming’s books, needed). be noted).

AND ALL THIS IS RELATED because my test car, the Jaguar XF, was also painted in British Racing Green combined with a Light Oyster interior that smaller automakers might call beige. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Jag at the airport one evening. I’m a bit disappointed that there isn’t a jumping Jaguar statue in front of the car – a lost feature, I guess, to prevent pedestrians from head-butting a metal cat.

From the front, the XF looks a bit dull. The large air intakes under the headlights don’t look out of place next to the slim daytime running lights, and the silver grille doesn’t bother me at all.

The rear isn’t much better, though I like the half-moon taillights, continuing the clever exterior lighting design that LEDs already have in modern road cars.

BUT LOOK AT XF from the side, and somehow it comes together more naturally. Muscular lines on the hood and door panels give the car a more agile and sportier look, and the 20-inch wheels with red brake calipers work well together. Putting British Racing Green in the sun makes any car look great.

The interior is where the XF shines, which is good because you’ll be spending more time looking inside than out.

A massive 11.4-inch horizontal touchscreen in the center dominates everything. Running Jaguar Land Rover’s superb Pivi Pro infotainment platform supports over-the-air updates, the massive touchscreen is responsive and provides access to vehicle functions and audio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard (but not wireless). CarPlay fills the screen, which means it looks like an iPad docked to the dashboard when you enable the feature.

Just below the screen is a Jaguar nameplate with “Est. 1935” and “Coventry” there to remind you of Jag’s date of birth and location, lest you forget you’re in a car with a story behind it. after it. Then you have a dedicated climate control panel with buttons to adjust the temperature and confusing controls until you find the heated seats: Press the temperature buttons to adjust, drag to change the fan speed.

The OYSTER-COLORE seats are comfortable and smartly furnished, with soft leather and a lovely quilted pattern. A wireless phone charger is standard, and there’s a large cup holder in the middle, but interior space is less than what you’d find on an SUV. But you didn’t buy a sedan for storage; You bought it for fun, right?

My XF has 296 hp, 295 lb-ft turbocharged four-cylinder, four-cylinder. It packs a lot of peps and hits an impressive 30 mpg highway, which isn’t bad for a large cruiser.

My tester, an oddly named Jaguar XF P300 R-Dynamic SE AWD, starts at $49,995 before a bunch of add-ons increase the price to $62,695. It’s quite affordable compared to its competitors and it has everything you need with all the option boxes checked.

PAYING the extra $1,200 for adaptive cruise control is a huge pain, but the $1,050 head-up display and $800 leather sport seats are more tolerable. Don’t tick all the options and you’ll have a beautiful luxury sedan for just over $50,000.

It’s also worth calling out Jaguar’s five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which covers all scheduled maintenance during that time. That’s way better than the competition’s 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. But, if we’re being honest, you don’t buy this car under warranty. You buy it for the beautiful British Racing Green colorway.

A detail: the center stack

PAYING the extra $1,200 for adaptive cruise control is a huge pain, but the $1,050 head-up display and $800 leather sport seats are more tolerable. Don’t tick all the options and you’ll have a beautiful luxury sedan for just over $50,000.

It’s also worth calling out Jaguar’s five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which covers all scheduled maintenance during that time. That’s way better than the competition’s 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. But, if we’re being honest, you don’t buy this car under warranty. You buy it for the beautiful British Racing Green colorway.

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