Jaguar is a long-standing symbol of Britain's luxury car manufacturing industry, having fulfilled the needs of that country's wealthy business people and dignitaries for decades. Jaguar may be moving with the times by adding crossover models like the F-Pace, E-Pace and the electric I-Pace to its lineup, but it continues to honour its largely sedan-based heritage with cars like the mid-size XF.
For 2019, Jaguar cuts one V6-powered XF variant from the range and adds another that uses the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder, dubbed the 300 Sport.
The XF also gains Jaguar's new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and its attendant 10.0-inch touchscreen. You can also now option the car with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems.
Prestige trim boasts standard navigation, which gains voice controls.
Finally, all XF trims get a standard suede headliner, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, metal pedals, chrome seat switches, lighted treadplates and premium carpeted floor mats.
As it was last year, the 2019 XF 25t Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trims use a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that makes 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. 30t variants, including the new 300 Sport trim, get a power boost to 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. In certain trims, the gas four-cylinder can be replaced with a turbodiesel making 180 hp and 318 lb-ft.
Topping the line is the XF S, whose 3.0L supercharged V6 boasts 380 hp and 332 lb-ft. Notably, last year's 35t trim is gone, alone with the 340-hp version of the V6 that powered it.
All XF models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
XF competitors include some big names, like Germany's BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Japan's Lexus ES, Acura RLX and North America's Lincoln MKZ. Jaguar is a relatively small brand compared to the companies that make most of those other cars, but it has some big money behind it from India's Tata Motors. That cash has funded Jaguar's rapid expansion in the last few years and helped keep the XF current, and we'd argue that it is one of the most underrated luxury cars on the market.
In Premium trim, the XF comes dressed up with Xenon headlights, LED signature lighting, 18-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof and an 11-speaker sound system.
Prestige models gain 14-way adjustable front seats, perforated leather upholstery, front and rear parking aids, 19-inch wheels and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The R-Sport package brings more aggressive body trim pieces, lane keep assist, driver condition monitor, LED headlights, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and satellite radio.
The new 300 Sport trim gains dark grey wheels, grille, window surrounds, mirror caps, rear valance and trunk spoiler, special embossed sport seats with yellow stitching and black brake calipers with 300 Sport decals.
XF S variants boast bigger front brakes, configurable driving dynamics, 20-inch wheels, a different body kit and 18-way adjustable front seats.
Finally, Portfolio trim reverts to the 296-hp four-cylinder engine, but adds 20-way front seats, a 17-speaker stereo, lane keep assist, 12.3-inch full digital gauge display and adaptive LED headlights.
Jaguar's fuel consumption estimates for the XF sedan are 7.8/5.8 L/100 km (city/highway) with the diesel; 10.1/7.2 L/100 km in gas four-cylinder form; and 12.0/8.4 L/100 km with the V6.
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