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2013 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Review

Starting with the 2013 model year, Jaguar is introducing a series of changes to its model lineup meant to make them appeal to a broader market. For the mid-size XF, that means dropping the naturally aspirated V8 and adding a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder in its place.

People who live in cold climates like all-wheel drive luxury cars. Given the success its Range Rover brand cousins enjoy, itís hard to wonder what took so long for Jaguar to figure that out.

Regardless, the all-wheel drive XF can only come with one engine: the 3.0-liter supercharged six good for 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, which carries the car to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Jaguar claims the car should manage 16 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway or an average 19. Those numbers are helped in large part by a new eight-speed automatic transmission, but the car still fell short of its EPA mileage estimates. Even with long highway stints, the computer reported an average 16 mpg.

You give up Jaguarís throaty V8 in favor of a more subdued-sounding engine, but the company swears this is a genuine V8 replacement. Perhaps so, but peak torque doesnít kick in until 3,500 rpm, and the carís automatic transmission frequently feels hesitant to deliver the low-down lurch associated with a blower.

That is, unless you press the checkered flag button beside the drive mode selection knob. Doing that puts the XF into ďDynamicĒ mode, which grants access to the carís full capability.

The suspension, steering and throttle all take on a new demeanor more prone to pushing limits. Corners feel stiff, the wheel grows heavy and most of the throttle lag disappears.

Power delivery still feels delayed at times, but the wait is never long and any doubts about the carís ability to build speed disappear. Squeeze the throttle and the engine launches you forward with purpose.

Still, the six-cylinder feels out of breath as the tach nears its peak, and itís hard not to look wistfully at last yearís base V8. It boasted 45 extra hp and 38 lb-ft of torque.

What stings more is that the all-wheel drive six-cylinder actually weighs 67 lbs more than the old rear-drive V8 model. The weight difference is further underscored by this yearís weaker engine.

Then again, the drawbacks are outweighed by the fact that up to 50 percent of the power can redirect to the front wheels, which will make all the difference in slippery conditions.
Read the complete 2013 Jaguar XF review at AutoGuide.com.
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I love the way jags look but I'll never own another one I bought a new 2011 and it had a gas line leak that filled the car with fumes I'm just lucky it didn't go kaboom next a tie rod came loose,then the nav Sirius and Bluetooth stopped working I was told it was a software problem and no trouble to fix a month later same problem brought it in the service guy said we know there's a problem but we don't have a fix yet he said they found if you start the car and let it run for 15 minutes it would work that was it bye jag too bad I'd love to get another new one but too bad the mechanical quality is the worse
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This looks like a Buick.
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