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Overall, reviewers are pleased by the Jaguar XF. It drives well, with agile handling and a very comfortable ride. The steering is quick and communicative and even the standard V8 provides strong acceleration. As one publication put it, the XF is a prime choice for a midsize sedan.
The XF does have its downsides. While the styling is pleasing, outward visibility is challenged by the thick C-pillars. The controls can be confusing and awkward, and it still has many reliability concerns to deal with. Lastly, Jaguar does not offer an all-wheel drive model — that limits its effectiveness as a true four-season automobile.
Launched all-new four years eariler, the Jaguar XF receives a mid-cycle refresh for 2012. In addition to the exterior facelift (including new LED driving lights), the interior has been updated with a color information screen, more supportive front seats and additional buttons on the instrument panel to ease interaction with the multi-function display. The Premium trim level has been renamed the Portfolio trim.
The 2012 Jaguar XF, a British midsize five-passenger luxury sport sedan, is offered in three different trim levels: XF, XF Portfolio and XF Supercharged (a high-performance version, called the XFR, is also offered and covered separately).
As expected, base XF models are well equipped with standard leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, Bluetooth, 18-inch alloy wheels and a nine-speaker audio system. The XF Portfolio adds the content in the Premium 1 package (adaptive headlights, parking sensors, a rearview camera), 19-inch wheels, keyless entry/ignition, upgraded ventilated front seats and more. The XF Supercharged features adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, more capable brakes, limited-slip rear differential and summer tires.
Jaguar offers option packages to add adaptive headlamps, heated and cooled front seats, keyless entry/ignition, parking sensors, blind spot warning, a full leather interior and more.
Under the hood, standard XF models feature a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 rated at 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The XF Supercharged shares the same engine, but with forced induction it is rated at 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. All models are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles) sending power to the rear wheels.
According to the EPA, the 2012 Jaguar XF earns 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined while the XF Supercharged delivers 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.
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