2021 Jaguar XF Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Updated exterior styling
  • Revised interior with improved materials
  • Uses four-cylinder power exclusively
  • New infotainment system supports over-the-air updates
  • Sportbrake wagon discontinued in the U.S.
  • Now the only sedan in the Jaguar lineup
  • Goes on sale in January 2021

Introduction

Jaguar has thinned its U.S. lineup, and the 2021 XF is the last sedan standing. The automaker discontinues the compact Jaguar XE this year, while the king-size XJ is on hiatus, soon to be recast as an EV. The XF's Sportbrake wagon body style is also gone for 2021.

2021 Jaguar XF Front View

The 2021 Jaguar XF sedan is significantly revised this year, and the important changes are inside. The midsize XF features an all-new infotainment system with leading-edge technology along with upgraded cabin furnishings. Subtle exterior updates refresh its appearance.

Unlike the F-Pace crossover, the 2021 Jaguar XF will not adopt the automaker's new six-cylinder engine and will rely solely on a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering either 246 or 296 horsepower, depending on the model. The 2021 XF sedan comes in P250 S, P250 SE, and P300 R-Dynamic SE trim levels.

Exterior Features

2021 Jaguar XF Sedan Blue Rear Quarter View

Key differences on the 2021 Jaguar XF sedan include the new grille design and reshaped front air intakes. The R-Dynamic model has gloss black detailing here and there to reinforce its higher-performance character.

Interior Features

Past Jaguar XFs went a little too heavy on the old-world character and lacked the materials quality expected in a 21st-century midsize luxury sedan. In the 2021 XF, Jaguar has redesigned the console and dashboard to accommodate the new infotainment system. In the process, company designers upgraded the available furnishings, including open-pore wood veneers and aluminum inlays.

2021 Jaguar XF Dashboard

The XF's shifter is revised to impart a more satisfying tactile feel, while upgraded interior lighting helps show off the new cabin to the best effect. New front seats are wider in the 2021 Jaguar XF sedan, and their heating and cooling elements have a larger surface area to match. Active noise cancellation technology is new this year and should counter road noise.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Meridian audio system, wireless phone charging, 12-way power heated front seats, and a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. The P250 SE model adds a power-adjustable steering wheel and seat memory. The R-Dynamic features sport seats with more lateral bolstering.

Under The Hood

The 2021 Jaguar XF P250 S and SE are rear-wheel-drive and feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 246 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles is standard. The P300 R-Dynamic SE is all-wheel-drive. It uses a more potent version of the 2.0-liter engine rated at 296 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, along with the eight-speed automatic.

Jaguar estimates the R-Dynamic will reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds versus 6.5 seconds for the P250 models. These are underwhelming numbers in a class dominated by rivals with six-cylinder engines and performance-boosting hybrid powertrains.

Every XF has JaguarDrive control, allowing owners to adjust engine, transmission, and steering responsiveness to their liking. On XF sedans with the optional adaptive suspension, you can also play with the suspension settings. The 2021 model gets a new Auto Vehicle Hold feature that holds the brake whenever the XF is stopped and releases it as soon as the driver engages the throttle.

Safety

A new driver assistance aid on the 2021 Jaguar XF is Clear Exit Monitor. An enhancement of the sedan's blind-spot warning system, it alerts occupants when another vehicle or cyclist approaches as they open the door to exit. Other standard safety features include a surround-view camera and front and rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control is standard on both SE trims.

Technology

Jaguar's new Pivi infotainment system is standard in the 2021 Jaguar XF. It features an 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen that is the centerpiece of the Jag's revamped cabin. Equipped with its own backup battery, Pivi loads as soon as the driver starts the engine. The system has two LTE modems: one streams media while the other downloads over-the-air updates – eliminating the need to visit a dealership for infotainment system updates.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are standard, and owners can connect two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth. The P250 S model has the base version of Pivi, in which your smartphone provides navigation functions. The SE trims upgrade to Pivi Pro, which has an embedded navigation system, along with an unlimited data plan. If the Pivi interface works as well as the specs suggest, the Jaguar XF could be a leader in the infotainment category.

Jaguar Land Rover is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of October 6, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.