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2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged
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2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged

by J.T. Hills


SGN Contributing Writer

            Top

  • Beautiful contemporary design
  • Powerful supercharged V-8
  • Jaguar ride and handling

            Bottom

  • Shift knob takes some getting used to
  • DVD-based navigation system isn’t all that intuitive to use
  • Back seat headroom is tight

            The 2009 XF is Jaguar’s replacement for the long-selling S-Type. It is offered in three different trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Supercharged, which is powered by a 420-horsepower supercharged 4.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8. All three trim levels of the XF come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting. Driver aids include dynamic stability control, cornering brake control, engine drag torque control and understeer control logic, which decelerates the car to help restore front-wheel grip when needed. After spending a week with the 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged, I’ve assimilated, corrugated, encapsulated, conjugated, and insinuated my own observations, and here they are:

            The 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged at $66k a Deal?
            In the near-luxury sports sedan market, the 2009 Jaguar XF has a lot of stiff competition, including the Audi A6, Cadillac STS, Lexus GS, and Mercedes Benz E-class. When looking at price, options, and performance, the Jaguar XF Supercharged is a great value.

            The Jaguar XF has a beautiful, fresh, contemporary design, taking a significant departure from the heritage design of the S-Type sedan that it replaces. The naturally aspirated supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 provides for some very refined, yet seriously spirited driving – all legal, of course. The ride and drive of the XF has a balance of fun-to-drive sports sedan and sophisticated luxury car.

            I love the fact that the new XF looks like a piece of art. It’s striking from just about every angle. There are some issues, however. For one, the DVD navigation system isn’t all that intuitive to use. There are a lot of layers to it that take a bit of time to get your head around. Going from the climate control to the audio system to the navigation screen takes your eyes off the road a lot. Also, while the shift knob looks like a piece of artwork in itself – it’s a dial that looks as though it would be a sort of mouse to navigate the navigation system – when you’re in a hurry, it doesn’t feel as natural to find the gear that you’re looking for. I guess that’s something you just kind of have to get used to.

            Last of all, the Jaguar XF really goes more in the genre of a four-door coupe, with the rear-seat headroom more confined than that of its competition. Of course, you can just tell those in the back seat to shut up and enjoy the ride.

 

            Okay, for an MSRP of $66,675, what do you get?
            The 2009 Jaguar XF is richly appointed and well equipped with all the luxury options that one would expect. Here are some of my favorites:
 
            Technical Features

  • 420 HP Supercharged 4.2-liter V8 engine
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • CATS active suspension
  • Dynamic stability control
  • 20” Volan Wheels
  • Jaguardrive winter and dynamic drive

            Safety Features     

  • Antitheft engine immobilizer
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Remote security system

            Interior Features

  • B&W 440-watt six-CD audio satellite radio
  • Blind spot monitor system
  • Rear parking camera
  • DVD-based navigation system
  • Active climate controlled seats
  • Portable audio integration

            Optional Features

  • Adaptive cruise control ($2,200)
  • Supercharged (N/C)
  • Rich oak veneer (N/C)
  • Heated three-spoke steering wheel (N/C)

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