So long S-Type, hello 2009 XF. Ok, so the name doesn’t work for me -but none of the Jag names do. What’s the 2009 Jaguar XF all about? Style, style, and more style. The concept made a big splash when it debuted, and the production model stays pretty close to concept. The front end has been toned down a little, and could probably use a bit more pep. Both the profile and rear views are fantastic. From the back, you could easily mistake the XF for an Aston Martin, if it weren’t for the leaping cat. Speaking of leaping cats, why isn’t there one on the hood?
But the real story on the Jaguar XF isn’t the exterior. No sir, it’s the interior. The interior of the 09 XF is one of the best interiors every put in any car produced. Yes, it’s that good. The materials are extremely high quality, the fit and finish fantastic, and the design is clean and functional. The only gripe I have is half-assed. The shifter is a sort of strange twist-knob that pops up. Very strange, and it almost seems pointless to go a different route here. At the same time, it helps keep the interior looking so clean, modern, yet classy.
Under the hood you have your choice of a 300 HP 4.2 liter V8 or a supercharged version of the same engine, good for 420 HP. If you’re thinking the base engine is a little light on power, you would probably be right. Fortunately the XF isn’t obese ( no lightweight either, at 4017 lbs ), so has no problem getting up and going. Sure, a V6 could make that same 300 HP easily, but there are two problems with that. One, this is a car that starts at $50 – hardly territory for a V6. And two, the sound of this V8 is simply intoxicating. No way I’m spending $50k plus and don’t get to enjoy a sweet sounding engine.
2009 Jaguar XF Specs
- 300 HP 4.2 liter V8
- Six speed automatic transmission
- Available 420 HP Supercharged 4.2 liter V8
- Base price: $49k
- Curb weight: 4017 lbs
2009 Jaguar XF Reviews
TTAC reviews the 2009 Jaguar XF and writes – ‘So much of this car is so right – the interior, the suspension, the engine and the transmission. Killer depreciation aside, the $50k asking price for a fully loaded V8 XF makes a mockery of the similarly-priced, stripped-out 535i. Unlike the Bimmer, Lexus or Audi equivalents, driving the XF makes you feel special. It’s too bad that the mid-size Jag’s exterior went from a quaint retro curiosity to an OMG concept car to a quintessentially boring sedan. If Jag had found a way to keep the CX-F’s drama, they would have had a huge hit on their hands. As it stands now, all they have is a bit of time to kill before Ford sells Jaguar or, let’s face it, pulls the plug. Even as a swan song, the XF lacks the looks it needs to fly.’
Car and Driver reviews the 2009 Jaguar XF and writes – ‘Choose from two levels of athleticism, the Luxury model on 18-inch wheels powered by a 300-hp, 4.2 V-8 (and there’s the Premium Luxury, same engine, but with 19-inch wheels) or the Supercharged XF on 20-inchers (rears wider than the fronts) with adaptive damping and 420 horsepower at 6250 rpm. Both V-8s partner tightly with the six-speed automatic. Shifts are quick and timely. The paddles get right-now response. The suspension, borrowed from the XK and creamed appropriately for sedan use, is noticeably muscular in the Supercharged model.’
Edmunds reviews the 2009 Jaguar XF and writes – ‘Once you select the transmission’s Sport setting, you can rely on the automatic to give you sure throttle control, as it kicks down a gear so swiftly and intuitively that rarely do you feel obligated to use the steering wheel paddles. And when you get into the brakes (the supercharged model has larger front rotors), there’s enough anti-dive dialed into the front suspension geometry that the car makes the transition into a corner in a coordinated, intuitive sweep to the apex.’