Is there anything interesting about its design?
The XF’s biggest strength is its attractive looks and it completely blows its conservatively designed competition away. There’s that fastback profile, that strong shoulder line, and a bonnet which arches down in trademark Jaguar style to that enormous grille flanked by giant lower air intakes.
At 4954mm the XF’s dimensions show it to be 18mm longer than the new BMW 5 Series sedan, but at 1987mm across it's 119mm narrower, and standing 1457mm tall it's 22mm shorter in height.
The use of aluminium almost everywhere in the XF, from its core architecture to body panels, makes it relatively light at 1590kg - 100kg less than the previous car.
To tell an R-Sport apart from the three other XF grades, look for the body kit – front bumper, side skirts and boot lid spoiler - plus the 19-inch, 10-spoke 'Vortex' wheels.
The cabin is beautiful, the dashboard border flows from door to door like the bow of a boat, while the stitched leather instrument cluster hood curves over the virtual dials and sweeps down to the passenger side.
The way the air vents roll open from behind flush panels and how the gear shifter rises out of the centre console are not only cool party tricks but serve to make this interior even more elegantly minimalist.
That plastic plate. Have you seen the video above? Did you notice it? Once I point it out you won’t be able to unsee it?
OK, the badge on the grille is integrated into a rectangular black plastic plate which is almost invisible – until you see it for the first time. The plate is part of the radar system for the adaptive cruise control (ACC).
Don’t try to take it off! The only way around it is to not option the ACC. It’s a shame because that grille is beyond beautiful and it diminishes this beauty a bit.
This is almost a 10/10 car for design in my books, but it loses marks due to a few quality issues we found with the fit and finish in various areas of our test car. There was a large gap where the door and the dash meet on the driver side and they didn't meet at the same level either, whereas the passenger side was perfect.
Next, the plastic moulding over the left rear door sill didn’t sit flush and had a sharp edge. Again, the corresponding piece on the other side of the car fitted well. And in the boot the hinge holes appeared to be fairly roughly cut and unfinished. These items, while only cosmetic, would annoy me as an owner once I had spotted them.