February 28, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2020 Jaguar XF 2.0 R-Sport

Micro Niche Pounce

There is a lot to be said about measured evolution. Jaguar has been doing it one way or another as a brand owned by multiple parents since 1933. The 1st generation Jaguar XF (X250) was already a very strong product for the brand just before the complete integration and alignment of Land Rover with Jaguar under the ownership of the Tata Group in 2008.

Our test unit here in Eiger Grey exterior paint and R-Sport packaging represents the tail end of the 2nd generation X260 executive/mid-size luxury car model range. A modest entry point at a challenging price. It is 7 mm (0.3 in) shorter than the predecessor but uses a 2-inch longer wheelbase for considerably better overall ride quality consistent with the brands iconic characteristics of a sublime and opulent ride regardless of what model you chose from the stable.

Hopefully Jaguar Philippines will extend its huge P501,112.00 promotional discount past the end of February 2021 or until supplies last. The Jaguar XF (X260) is often overlooked and underappreciated principally because of its acquisition cost. It is a wonderfully seductive and opulent alternative that soaks up our often times difficult Philippine road conditions better than most of its peers despite its sporty suspension tuning. The meaty 245/45R18 100Y Good Year Eagle F1 rolling stock on the 18” x 8J Helix 10-spoke alloys can easily withstand the road punishment. With over 80% new parts and equipment compared to its predecessor, the rigid 75% aluminum structured Jaguar XF fluidly slices the wind too with a .26 drag coefficient. The acoustic glass all around, adjustable ambient lighting and generous sound insulation all help create the unique environment particular to a Jaguar.

If the engine power wasn’t so conservative in fact, the packaging of the XF 2.0 R-Sport is exemplary. The safety measures are complete with the addition of torque vectoring, dynamic stability control, and JaguarDrive Control to enhance handling and safety even further. Look at it this way, the difference between this 2.0-liter Ingenium engine powerplant producing 198 bhp (20t) compared to the 296 bhp P300 top-spec model, is essentially ECU tuning, there is even a 247 bhp (25t) mid-spec model. So, the XF feels very solid and planted.

The modestly tuned direct injection 2.0-liter turbo engine produces 198 bhp @ 5500 rpm and 236 lb-ft @ 1200-4000 rpm, channeling the healthy power through a slick 8-speed automatic transmission transmitted to the rear wheels. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 235 km/h is more than enough for those weekend jaunts out of town. The excellent 380-watt 11-speaker Meridian infotainment system with 10.2-inch screen, digital instruments, the comprehensive equipment packaging, brilliant full-LED lighting, and lovely perforated Taurus brown leather seats are all excellent companions on extended road trips as well as routine everyday driving. If you want an opulent European premium luxury mid-size saloon that is still properly enjoyable to drive but can’t afford a BMW 530d, this Jaguar XF is the solution, it is the best you can get for the money in its class. Every moment in a Jaguar is special, and this XF keeps that tradition vibrantly alive.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1997 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 198 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 236 lb-ft @ 1200-4000 rpm
Transmission 8-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 235 km/h (147 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 7.8 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 6.8L/100 kms overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 4,088,888.00
What's Great Very well-appointed, surprising athleticism, good steering response, smooth, comfortable, and good-looking.
What's Not So Price. Entry-level power.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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