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First Drive: Jaguar XF 240hp

Jaguar XF 2.0 i4 240hp AWD R-Sport
The story: Jaguar has added a new 240hp engine to the XF, XE and F-Pace line-ups, slotting in between the 180hp and 300hp diesels in the executive saloon model.
Category:E-segment
Key rival:BMW 5-series
Price:£41,645
Efficiency:51.4mpg
Emissions:144g/km
On sale:Now

Jaguar has filled out its engine range for the excellent XF executive saloon, adding a 240hp version of the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel to the 163hp and 180hp versions of the same unit.

Available with rear or all-wheel drive, the new engine costs just over £3,000 more than the 180hp diesel, although the emissions figures jump from 114g/km to 139g/km for the rear-drive model, and from 129g/km to 144g/km on this all-wheel-drive variant.

Jaguar XF 2.0 i4 240hp AWD R-Sport - front imageThe new engine arrived with the latest model year changes to the range that also included the Configurable Dynamics system becoming a stand-alone feature for the first time, allowing normal or dynamic settings for the steering, engine and gearbox. The gesture function for hands-free opening of the boot lid is also added to the options list, while Comfort trim adds new a front-seat design and there are also technology and safety kit improvements.

The new Ingenium engine is more vocal than the best that the sector can offer. It also doesn’t feel a massive step forward from the 180hp diesel. It clearly is, because it knocks almost two seconds off the 0-62mph time, but it never feels like a performance diesel, more a higher-powered cruiser. Engine noise apart, the relaxed atmosphere and comfortable cabin dilute some of the feeling of speed.

But it’s expensive. The extra 60hp costs just over £3,000, and with the higher emissions and fuel use, it means almost 10p per mile extra on the running costs.

 

Paul Barker

The verdict

The XF is still a lovely car, but the 180hp diesel remains the pick of the range from a running costs point of view.