Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD, simply outstrips the rest of the herd

2015-04-22 08:00:27
Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD, simply outstrips the rest of the herd
Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD, simply outstrips the rest of the herd

AWD is a prior qualification for sports sedans if they want to register substantial sales in a market which is volatile and frightful. Jaguar discovered this fact in markets like North America where competition from the Mercedes Benz 4 MATIC, BMW xDrive and the Quattro AWD system of Audi   made the British cars almost invisible in the market.


This does not mean necessarily that the Jaguar is only a small time player in a market dominated by the German trio, because the retrofitted and fast tracked XF and XJ luxury sedans with all-wheel-drive systems exploded in to the market to register great sales figures. Notable information for sports enthusiasts is that the company has also announced the availability of the 2016 F-type with all-wheel-drive in some variants.

The existing rear-drive XF though available  with Powerplants starting from a 2.0 Liter turbo   inline-four  with 240hp to a  spanking supercharged V-8 with 550hp, but new XF AWD would be coupled distinctly with 3.0  Liter supercharged V-6 engine  pumping out 340hp. There is no need to lodge a complaint about this from us, because the 3.0 is producing a chest beating 332 lb-ft torque spanning 3500 to 5000 rpm.

The V-6 engine coupled with the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters follows inputs obediently and supplies power in a straight line, while it spins towards the peak horsepower at the rate of 6500 rpm.  An exclusive soundtrack matching with the vehicle’s elegant outer look accompanies the torque and the car shaved nearly a second from the claimed 6.1 seconds for 0-60mph by Jaguar and the test stepped on the gas pedal and snatched a 5.3 seconds run while he did the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at a speed of 102 mph which according to us are great numbers when you consider the 4385 lbs    heavy weight the engine has to lug around.

The acceleration achievements of the XF can be credited partly to the all-wheel-drive which is controlled electronically, which is known as the Instinctive All Wheel Drive of Jaguar in the market.   When conditions require, the drive sends 50% torque to front wheels and preload the same to the wheels to get maximum traction when starting off from dead stop. Once the car moves the system can also transfer the power to the back to get optimum acceleration. If you keep repeating it frequently then you would also arrive at fuel economy figures like 17mpg achieved by us.  This jaguar is rated for 17/27mpg for city and highway.

The brake pedal given to the XF is quite friendly and offers honest and solid service without any flaw. Around town it was smooth and no fade was experienced by repeated use. The Jaguar also registered 169-feet stop after braking  at 70 mph. this data   comprehensively comes near the competition and the Mercedes Benz for an example stops at 165-feet with its E350 4MATIC. Nevertheless the ultimate arsenal of the Jaguar XF remains the chassis with its light and accurate steering wheels that quickly responds to inputs. The Sport or Portfolio trim level is priced $60,800 as MSRP.

Jaguar models:

Jaguar XK
Jaguar XQ
Jaguar S-Type
Jaguar XJ-Series
Jaguar XK-Series
Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar XJ
Jaguar XKR
Jaguar XS
Jaguar XF
Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar XJR