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2019 Jaguar XF-S Review

Jaguar 2019 Jaguar XF-S Review

Jag's supercharged mid-size sedan packing 380-hp

The last decade has been a big one for Jaguar, as the company’s portfolio of offerings has expanded to include a wide range of new models including the brand’s first forays into the production of utility and electric vehicles. And of course, the 2-door F-TYPE rocket.

However, it is Jaguar’s ability to produce luxurious and stately sedans that has been the foundation for the company which produces three models in a variety of packages- the compact XE, the mid-size XF, and the full-size XJ.

XE might be the smallest of the bunch but is no slouch, solidifying itself as the world’s fastest sedan.

Minor changes to 2nd-generation XF since arriving in 2016

I recently found myself getting reacquainted with the XF, a car which is now in second generation guise,  and although not much has changed since its introduction back in 2016, it still commands attention from behind the wheel or whilst parked curbside.

2019 jaguar xf-s rear logo on trunk lid
In order to keep up with the Joneses the XF-S comes with all the luxury and comfort equipment one expects in a premium automobile including Adaptive LED headlights, LED tail lamps, and tinted glass sunroof. Photo: Russell Purcell

The XF like most Jaguars has been penned to please the eye and convey a certain image. It looks purposeful and athletic, especially in XF-S (Sport) trim, with just the right mix of curves and bulges, vents and creases.  My test unit looked incredible in Rossello Red and fitted with the optional black trim package and gloss black wheels. 

For some reason Jaguar cars seem to age better than their rivals when it comes to looks, so it’s nice to see that the brand’s design language is being carefully curated throughout the catalog.     

Power & Performance: XF sedan gets the 3.0L supercharged treatment

The XF-S features a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine that produces 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Gear selection is made via Jaguar’s clever periscoping rotary control dial, but the driver is also free to explore the gearbox using quick to react paddle controls.

All-wheel drive 4-door hauler

The XF-S represents an excellent choice, particularly for Canadian consumers, as it is fitted with Jaguar’s proven Instinctive All-Wheel Drive system. Unlike some all-wheel-drive setups this system doesn’t seem to hinder the overall driving experience, as for the most part, under regular driving conditions it will operate much like a rear-wheel-drive platform.

It also features Adaptive Surface Response- a technological marvel which will further enhance the all-wheel-drive system by determining what is needed for the car to maintain traction on a given surface and adjusting the corresponding controls accordingly.  This potent combination will no doubt give the driver more confidence during inclement weather or while travelling over treacherous roads.

2019 jaguar xf-s rear view in forest
XF-S gets a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine that produces 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Photo: Russell Purcell

Driving dynamics and suspension

The XF-S features an advanced Adaptive Dynamic Suspension System which will automatically adapt to meet the ever changing environment, switching from a supple, smooth ride to a more firm setup based on body and wheel movements. 

Drive modes

JaguarDrive Control allows the driver to select from a Standard, Eco, Dynamic or Rain / Ice / Snow mode, each subtly changing the steering, throttle response and gearbox shift points. 

Should the driver desire to enhance the driving experience based on individual needs, he or she is able to configure the car’s steering, throttle and suspension response even further by using the touch screen control when operating in the Dynamic drive mode.  

XF-S driving impressions

The XF benefits from near 50/50 weight distribution and the fact that the car is largely constructed of aluminum makes it lighter than many of its contemporaries, but also exceptionally strong and stiff. 

Handling is very precise for a sedan in this category, as sophisticated front double wishbone and rear Integral Link suspension systems are employed to give the car very dynamic handling capabilities. 

The XF-S may not be the freshest face on the boulevard, but it’s definitely distinctive and packaged in such a way that it’s really worth consideration if you’re in the market for a mid-sized executive sedan. 

I found this well-sorted suspension platform delivers in all departments while maintaining a refined ride quality.  Steering feel is good, not overly assisted and vague, and the car tracks where it’s pointed with authority. 

Torque Vectoring by Braking new for 2019

Jaguar has also added Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVBB) to the XF spec sheet this year.  This system helps the car maintain stability while cornering by continually monitoring and balancing the distribution of torque to improve both the grip and steering of the vehicle. In effect, the system reduces under-steer by applying the brake to the inside wheels, forcing greater torque to the outer wheels.

Interior and Styling

Cabin space

Stepping inside the well-insulated passenger cabin it is immediately apparent that the design team at Jaguar like to keep their interior designs clean and uncluttered. There’s room for five passengers, although the sloping rear roofline will prevent taller individuals from getting truly comfortable, and rear leg and foot room is also better suited for average sized individuals. 

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2019 XF-S provides room for five passengers, although the sloping rear roofline will prevent taller individuals from getting truly comfortable. Photo: Russell Purcell

Up front I found the driver’s position comfortable for my larger frame, and all the switchgear and controls were well within my reach. I tend to sit far back and low due to my 6’2″ height, and my head never even grazed the faux-suede headliner which is surprising given the car was equipped with a glass sun-roof and I often wear a hat.  

XF-S Optional Packages

Driver Assistance Package

Visibility is good, but when you spec the car with the Driver Assistance Package you gain a full complement of driving assistance features – including Blind Spot Assist, 360° Surround Camera, 360° Park Distance Control, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter. 

Technology Package

The optional Technology Package blesses the car with a Virtual Instrument Display. This vibrant 12.3-inch panel allows the driver to select from four graphical themes complete with virtual dials, or a full screen 3D map.

2019 jaguar xf-s interior tech and driver front electronic gauges
Photo: Russell Purcell

This system was really easy to read most of the time, but on a couple of occasions the low angle winter sun managed to produce a prohibitive glare. Luckily the car was fitted with the optional Head-Up Display (HUD) which projects key information -speed, navigation details, cruise control status, and Traffic Sign Recognition data – onto the windshield immediately in front of the driver. 

Enhanced looks

In order to keep up with the Joneses the XF-S comes with all the luxury and comfort equipment one expects in a premium automobile including Adaptive LED headlights, LED tail lamps, tinted glass sunroof, and a very toney  380-watt Meridian Sound system. 

Takeaway: should you buy a Jaguar XF-S sedan?

Jaguar is on a roll, and the iconic nameplate has become increasingly popular with Canadian buyers due to its commitment to offer the attractive combination of performance, luxury, and safety in a uniquely styled line of products.

The XF-S may not be the freshest face on the boulevard, but it’s definitely distinctive and packaged in such a way that it’s really worth consideration if you’re in the market for a mid-sized executive sedan. 


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2019 Jaguar XF-S Specs and Pricing

In North America, the US and Canadian markets both get the mid-sized XF but the lineup is quite different. Americans are offered a vast offering including the sweet shooting brake wagon available in either 2.0L or 3.0L supercharged versions.

Canadians offered 3 trims including a diesel, gas, and the supercharged 3.0L as tested here.

XF-S quick specs:

  • Base price (MSRP): US$67,625, C$75,300 
  • Type: Five-passenger, mid-sized sedan
  • Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive.
  • Engine: 3.0-litre supercharged V6
  • Horsepower:  380 @ 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 332 @ 4,500 rpm
  • Transmission: ZF 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
  • Performance (0-100km/h): 5.3 seconds 
  • Brakes (front/rear): Disc/disc
  • Fuel economy (L/100km):  City- 12.0; Hwy- 8.4 

US pricing for 2019 XF lineup

20d: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 180HP Turbocharged Diesel$51,465
20d AWD: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 180HP Turbocharged Diesel AWD – All Wheel Drive$54,465
25t: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 247HP Turbocharged Gas$49,965
25t AWD: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 247HP Turbocharged Gas AWD – All Wheel Drive$52,965
30t: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 296HP Turbocharged Gas$52,965
30t AWD: Ingenium 2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder 296HP Turbocharged Gas – All Wheel Drive$55,965
S AWD: 3.0 Liter V6 380HP Supercharged Gas AWD – All Wheel Drive$67,625
SHOOTING BRAKE, S AWD: 3.0 Liter V6 380 HP Supercharged Engine AWD – All Wheel Drive$71,215
SHOOTING BRAKE, 30t AWD: 2.0 Liter 300 HP Supercharged Engine AWD – All Wheel Drive$64,575

Canadian pricing for 2019 XF lineup

2.0-litre 4-cylinder Turbocharged Diesel 180 hp (Automatic) All-Wheel Drive$66,500
2.0-litre 4-cylinder Turbocharged Gas 247 hp (Automatic) All-Wheel Drive$59,100
Ingenium 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Turbocharged Gas 296 hp (Automatic) All-Wheel Drive$67,000
3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Gas 380 hp (Automatic) All-Wheel Drive$75,300

2019 XF-S Photos

Russell Purcellhttps://www.flickr.com/people/autoexposurecanada/
Russell Purcell is an award-winning automotive journalist and photographer based in Vancouver, B.C. His passion for automobiles was sparked at the tender age of six, when a family friend gave the wide-eyed first grader a ride to school in a track prepared Porsche 911 RSR. He continues to fan the flames by building an impressive library of automotive related books as well as a vast collection of interesting automobilia and motoring artefacts. Russell is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and is active on Twitter as RoadTestRuss.