A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Jaguar XF

The Jaguar name alone represents luxury, performance and prestige in the world of high-end vehicles. The XF was completely retooled in 2009, a sign of the premium carmaker’s efforts to draw in younger consumers and attract a whole new generation of brand loyalty. As the model is continually improved and upgraded, the company’s attempt to revolutionize the mid-size luxury sedan market steadily progresses.

Key Features

From the standard 7” touchscreen and DVD player to the voice control system known as JaguarVoice – which allows control of navigation, audio, and climate controls – the XF is outfitted with everything the luxury car owner could possibly want. Leather seats throughout and humidity sensor with odor control add to the pleasure of driving this sleek, athletic sedan.

Changes for 2012

Upgrades for the 2012 model year include restyled LED taillights, a retooled front end with eye-catching headlight refinements, and interior styling and audio improvements.

What We Like

The hard-drive based navigation system allows for the ultimate in convenience, while the steering, handling, and braking rival even Jaguar’s stiffest competition. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel make for a fun and sporty driving experience, and the carmaker gets kudos for redesigning the car’s controls and interface to minimize distractions while driving.

What Concerns Us

The touch screen climate controls can be a bit confounding, and the XF – while sleek and sporty – doesn’t offer quite the ride quality one would expect from a luxury automobile. Taller adults might find headroom in the rear seats lacking due to the steep cut of the aerodynamic roofline.

Available Models

The XF comes in four trim options – Base, Portfolio, Supercharged, and XFR.

  • Base and Portfolio run on a 5.0L V8 with 380 lb.-ft. torque, 385 HP, with fuel economy of 16/23 mpg.

  • The Supercharged offers a 5.0L supercharged V8 with 424 lb.-ft. torque, a hefty 470 HP, and mileage of 15/21 mpg.

  • The XFR also has a 5.0L supercharged V8, with 461 lb.-ft. torque, a whopping 510 HP, and 15/21 mpg.

Major Recalls

In January 2012 a recall was issued for an error in labeling of the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Exceeding this rating could result in reduced vehicle stability which could increase the risk of a crash. The company notified owners and offered a label replacement.

In December 2012 Jaguar issued a recall due to a fuel outlet flange on the fuel tank that could potentially crack, creating a leak that could result in a fire if ignited. The company issued notices to owners and offered to fix the problem free of charge.

Common Issues

There are very few complaints on this model, however there has been one report of the gas pedal getting stuck in a downward position.

Jaguar XF 2012 Interior


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