New Car Review: Jaguar XF 30T Chequered Flag Edition Saloon

There’s a real refinement about the car that is complemented by the comfortably appointed cabin.

Jaguar have added special edition Chequered Flag models as part of the latest model year ‘20 updates to their stylish XF saloon and Sportbrake (wagon) range. Prices for Chequered Flag models start at $95,200 for the 132kW 20d 2.0-litre diesel saloon.

Distinguishing exterior features for these models include sport front bumper, Black Pack, boot lip-spoiler, side vents with chequered flag badging, 19” 10-spoke alloys, and a choice of three metallic paint colours. Inside you’ll find enhancements including perforated grained leather seats (choose from ebony/ebony or ebony/pimento red) with contrast stitching, dark-hex aluminium instrument panel finishers, metal sill treadplates with chequered flag badging, chequered flag steering wheel with chrome gearshift paddles, and interactive driver display.

In true Jaguar style, there’s plenty of optional equipment, that can quickly inflate the price. Our test car’s option box ticking took its ‘as tested’ price to $114,500 and included sliding sunroof ($3370), configurable dynamics ($1160), privacy glass ($950), power boot lid ($1160), heated seats ($840), DAB+ radio ($950), and active safety pack incorporating blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, driver condition monitor, adaptive cruise with queue assist ($4720).

A digital radio heated front pews and the safety kit seem like surprising omissions at this price point. Buyers expecting a head-up display or a 360⁰ camera system (rather than just a reverse camera) will need to fork out extra – $2640 (includes a solar attenuating windscreen) and $2160 respectively.

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A four-cylinder engine in a large Jaguar saloon might sound odious. But, in fact, the 30T’s 2.0-litre turbo four is well endowed with maximum outputs of 221kW and 400Nm. Official numbers say the big cat covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.0 seconds neat, on par with an Audi A6 45TFSI and a ‘tenth’ faster than the more expensive BMW 530i. Numbers aside, progress on the road feels impressively fleet-footed, and the responsive engine is ably served by the eight-speed auto behind it.

Road manners are a pleasing blend of comfortable ride and capable rear-drive dynamics as traditionally expected from the British marque. There’s a real refinement about the car too that is complemented by the comfortably appointed cabin and its quality finish.

Rear head and leg space aren’t especially generous for a large saloon, while boot capacity is quoted at a useful 540 litres and can be expanded via the three-way split flat-folding rear seat.

KEY STATS

  • MLP: $101,400 (plus on-road costs)
  • ENGINE: 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol Ingenium 4-cyl
  • ANCAP SAFETY RATING: 5 stars (2015)
  • TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 153

FOR:

Punchy engine, comfort, stylish looks, refinement.

AGAINST:

Space-saver spare, equipment omissions, warranty should be longer.

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