Flash Drive: 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2009 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged is the top-line trim of Jaguar's new sport sedan, and is powered by the 420-horsepower 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. The engine delivers massive torque at virtually any rpm, accompanied by a menacing whine familiar from other supercharged Jaguar models. With a stiff chassis, the XF Supercharged feels nimble and quick, with active suspension and 20-inch wheels and tires, and the driver can control all the power with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The interior is all about a modern but classically elegant design, with oak veneer and leather combined with electroluminescent gauges and a touch-screen interface to control navigation, climate control, audio system and other functions. High-tech features include a blind-spot monitoring system that warns the driver of another car lurking off a flank with a light in the outside mirror. – Mike Meredith
The new Jaguar XF Supercharged is a superb vehicle. There is so much to like about this car. The transmission is very quiet and refined. It has a smooth V8 that develops 420 horsepower. Driving the power to the ground are large, 20-inch rims outfitted with meaty 285 series rear tires. Inside the car, there is excellent craftsmanship in leather and wood, and there is a nice use of aluminum accents on the pop-up shift knob and door sills. As a car tipping the scales above the 2-ton mark, it is adept at hiding this weight during spirited driving. On the technology front, the XF is equipped with Bluetooth, a user-friendly navigation system and a nice blind-spot management feature in the mirrors, which is subtle and not obtrusive. The XF is a perfect fit for a driver who wants a sporty touring car with a luxurious interior. – Joe Chulick