2009 Jaguar XF
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2009 Jaguar XF

The XF is a very fine motorcar in a market segment that demands utter perfection; it’s a reasonably attractive sedan from a company that needs a ravishing, wallet-emptying beauty. -- Dan Neil (David Dewhurst)
The front of the car -- where the poetry of a brand resides -- is kind of a mess. The molded mesh-like grille just seems to float there, unconnected to the fluting on the hood (which ideally would suggest contrails streaming back from the grille perimeter). -- Dan Neil (David Dewhurst)
Mechanically, the XF is a sedan version of the XK coupe/convertible. The chassis is the same (wishbone front suspension and multi-link in the rear, with adaptive suspension on the Supercharged edition); the engines and transmission (six-speed automatic with manual shifting) are shared, as are braking, steering and major subsystems. -- Dan Neil (David Dewhurst)
The commonality between XK and XF programs freed up time and development dollars to focus on the sedan’s interior, which is full of nuance and invention, probably the most striking interior since the redesigned Cadillac CTS. -- Dan Neil (David Dewhurst)
To add drama to the moment of starting the car, Jag’s stylists gave the “Start” button a rhythmic, heartbeat-like glow. Press the button and the car’s rotary gearshift selector pops out of the central console. Other cars have shift-by-wire (no mechanical linkage to the transmission) but the Jag’s dial-a-gear is unique. I’m not sure how it would be to parallel park with it, but it sure looks cool. -- Dan Neil (David Dewhurst)
Here’s what needs to happen now: Jag has to have a V6 or diesel option at this price point, and soon. The fuel economy of these thirsty V8s is going to be a millstone around the car’s neck. The company needs to emphasize the XF’s equipment level, which is really quite generous for the price. And they need to get working on a nose job. -- Dan Neil (Dan Neil/ Los Angeles Times)