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Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 S TD (2009)
A year after the XF saloon’s debut here, Jaguar has updated the model range with new generation engines, including two direct-injection, petrol, 5.0-litre V8s and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, while also adding a new flagship model, the XFR.
We liked the previous 2.7-litre turbo-diesel, but the new 3.0-litre, twin-turbo engine is stunning. It cranks out 600 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm (38 percent more than the old engine), for lively, effortless performance under any conditions. Power is also up 33 percent, while fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are said to drop.
The upgraded ZF six-speed auto with steering-wheel-mounted paddles is excellent too, with smooth, adaptive shifts. The XF and its diesel ooze refinement, making the Jag’s cabin a pleasant place to be.
The ride/handling balance is excellent, impressing for its feline agility and poise, with supple suspension tune soothing away road scars, even those on tattered back roads.
The Portfolio model we tested – the premium luxury specification – provides a plethora of equipment. However, the entry diesel model is still well-equipped and more than $22,000 cheaper. Unfortunately, prices for the upgraded models have risen significantly.
Our test car was well finished and the interior stylish, while the Jag saloon’s elegant bodylines grabbed admiring looks. But the swooping roofline impinges on rear access and rear head space somewhat.
Performance, improved fuel economy, refinement, strong brakes, comfort, equipment
Space-saver spare wheel, limited height in boot, rear seat access, price
Climate control, leather trim, 20” alloys, front park sensors, rear camera, touch screen control and navigation, voice control, 440 W sound system, TV, bi-xenon headlamps, cornering lamps, Smart Key keyless entry/starting, power front seats with heating/cooling, security system, steering power height and reach adjustment
Stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, front and front side airbags, curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, Pedestrian Contact System, seatbelt pre-tensioners, front seat whiplash protection, cornering brake control
||Large Over $60,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
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||3.0-litre, V6, twin-turbo, common rail diesel
||202 kW @ 4000 rpm
||600 Nm @ 2000 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||21.9 m (braking distance)
||6.8 litres/100 km
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.