The 2022 Jaguar XF is a satisfying luxury sedan that’s actually more affordable than many of its upper-crust competitors. Unlike the Jaguar, neither the Audi A6 or BMW 5-series have a price tag that starts with a four, which makes the XF a strong value proposition. Less strong is its turbo four-cylinder, which is the only available engine.
The high-output version tops out at 296 horses and pairs exclusively with all-wheel drive, but it still fails to feel as quick or refined as six-cylinder mills offered by German rivals. Still, the Jag has a graceful ride and can elicit grins from the driver when a ribbon of the road presents itself.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Jaguar XF is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes in two potencies. The P250 version produces 246 horsepower whereas the P300 generates 296 horses. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but only the less powerful one offers rear- or all-wheel drive. The P300 comes exclusively with all-wheel drive.
While we haven’t had the opportunity to test both versions at the track, we have driven the more powerful one. It hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is slower than the now-defunct supercharged V-6 model, but the Jag’s exhaust still sounds good. We appreciated the Jag’s supple suspension, which delivered fluid handling along with exceptional ride quality.
The XF’s steering transitioned adeptly between low-speed lightness and high-speed heft. The soft brake pedal had a gradual response, too.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The rear-drive 2022 Jaguar XF is rated up to 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The more powerful model with all-wheel drive is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 highway. We tested the latter XF on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and it achieved 30 mpg in the real world. For more information about the XF’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the 2022 Jaguar XF receives a subtle makeover. Gone are the center-console rotary shifter and the outboard air vents that rotated open in the dashboard. Now, next to the new shift handle rests a drive-mode selector that lowers into the console when not in use. Jaguar overhauled the climate controls, too, with dials that have self-contained temperature settings. The redesigned center console hosts a newly standard wireless charger, and Jaguar says the space offers increased storage. The front seats are wider than before and have larger heating and cooling areas. Passenger and cargo space remain unchanged, which preserves the sedan’s roomy back seat and capacious trunk volume.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jaguar graces every XF with an infotainment system called Pivi Pro that runs through a prominent 11.4-inch touchscreen with curved glass. We haven’t interacted with this new interface yet, so we can’t say whether it’s more responsive and less glitchy than the company’s past systems, but we’ll keep you posted. In addition to supporting over-the-air updates, the setup comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a 12-speaker Meridian stereo.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Jaguar’s mid-size sedan offers a thorough selection of optional driver-assistance technology. For more information about the XF’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2021 Jaguar XF P300 AWD
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $51,145/$62,295
Options: extended leather upgrade, $1800; Dynamic Handling Pack (adaptive dampers, configurable dynamic mode, red brake calipers, trunklid spoiler), $1350; 20-inch wheels, $1200; adaptive cruise control, $1200; head-up display, $1050; Convenience Pack (soft-close doors, rear window shade, Activity Key), $1000; sport seats, $800; Cold Climate Pack (heated steering wheel and windshield), $700; Hakuba silver paint, $600; Meridian sound system, $600; camera rear-view mirror, $450
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1997 cm3
Power: 296 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/12.8-in disc
Tires: Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season PNSC
255/35R-20 97H M+S J
Wheelbase: 116.5 in
Length: 195.4 in
Width: 74.4 in
Height: 57.3 in
Passenger Volume: 97 ft3
Trunk Volume: 18 ft3
Curb Weight: 4145 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.2 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.7 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.7 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 129 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 350 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.87 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 23 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 30 mpg
Highway Range: 580 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 25/22/30 mpg