2012 Jaguar XF Series

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2012 Jaguar XF Portfolio — Flash Drive

By Staff of MSN Autos

In photos, the updated styling of the Jaguar XF may not be obvious, but in the flesh this car finally looks awesome. It's classically British and refined, and the hood scoop bulge adds some muscle in the best American tradition. Wow, it's cool! Equally impressive is the smooth acceleration on offer, especially over 50 mph. It's a revelation. The smooth power delivery makes this Jag one of the best grand touring cars I've ever driven. I wish every car was like this. The chassis may not encourage you to carve up a canyon road, but the XF was never intended to be a sports car. Now that the XF provides the experience it's always promised, I can look at its unique gearshift dial as an elegant way to save space when the car is switched off, instead of as the weird eccentricity that it had always seemed before. I guess you can forgive the small stuff when the overall package is so thoroughly satisfying. –Paul Hagger

The 2012 Jaguar XF is a first-rate sport sedan powered by a 5.0-liter 385-horsepower V8 engine that is silky smooth but packs a punch. The 6-speed automatic is perfectly mated to the V8 and delivers smooth, precise shifts, and the driver can take even more control with the standard paddle shifters. The ride and steering response are geared toward luxury in standard mode, but select Dynamic and the XF transforms into a nimble, agile cat that can run with any sport sedan out there. The Portfolio edition wraps the interior in old-world luxury, recalling the best attributes of Jaguars past, with two-tone leather seats and contrast stitching on the dash, door panels and seats. The XF is really enjoyable to drive, a luxury sport sedan that embraces the Jaguar heritage and offers thoroughly modern performance and technology. –Mike Meredith

The XF may be the oldest car in the Jaguar fleet, but it still looks good, especially the Portfolio edition we tested. The soft leather seats, heated steering wheel and elegant two-tone treatment make a great interior. I was a bit annoyed by the Bluetooth; I had to reconnect my phone to the system every time I got in the car. But Jaguar makes up for any annoyance with a 385-horsepower V8 engine that puts out plenty of power as well as a great throaty exhaust note. I don't know that I'd call the XF a sport sedan, but it does handle quite well with its nonintrusive stability control system. Not surprisingly, all that power comes at a cost of fuel economy; however, I was able to average around 22 mpg on the highway. With prices starting below $60K, the XF is definitely worth considering if you're in the market for a powerful luxury sedan. –Perry Stern

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