Five amazing things about the new XF
Jaguar’s XF saloon is by far the most important car for the brand at present, with more than three quarters of all Jaguars sold being XF models.
On sale since 2008, the XF has been replaced with an all-new model for 2015 and as befits a new Jaguar it is replete with clever tech and nice touches to bring it right to the top of the sector again.
Like its little sibling the XE, the new XF is one of the most aerodynamic cars in the world at the moment and certainly within its class. The drag coefficient of 0.26 is as low as just about anything else on sale, with only some hybrid cars achieving better figures. Combined with the focus on aluminium construction reducing the XF’s weight, it can reach emissions ratings as low as 104g/km CO2 – better than any non-hybrid in the sector.
The aluminium architecture lends a sporting characteristic to the XF’s drive, so Jaguar has brought across the configurable dynamics system from the F-Type. This allows you to set the engine, gear change, steering and suspension independently to suit your driving preferences, which can then be saved as a personal setting or set as the car’s Dynamic Mode for one-touch operation.
Of course as you’re driving along in a self-set sports mode, you’ll not want to take your eyes off the road. Fortunately the new XF comes with a neat new heads-up display (HUD). Employing lasers, so that its information is clearly displayed even with the backdrop of direct sunlight, the XF’s HUD displays speed, cruise control settings, navigation instructions and traffic sign recognition information.
Also making a debut on the new XF is All-Surface Progress Control, fitted as an option to XFs using the 8 speed automatic gearbox. This clever system, developed by the Jaguar Land Rover group, is effectively a low speed (2-19mph) cruise control system for treacherous surfaces. Whether attempting to traverse – or escape – sand, snow, wet grass or any horrible terrain that may flummox other executive cars, ASPC will drag you through. You only have to steer.
There’s neat new features in the infotainment system too. The new InControl Touch and Touch Pro systems feature a large touchscreen (8-inch on Touch, 10.2-inch on Touch Pro) that operate in the same manner as a smartphone or tablet touchscreen, with touch, swipe and, on Pro, pinch functions.
InControl can be linked to your phone, allowing you to monitor your XF’s fuel and security status, send navigation instructions or even set your car’s interior temperature. The Touch Pro system includes a 10GB SSD hard drive for media storage and a predictive satnav that learns your regular journeys and will display information such as your arrival time without having to even enter a destination.