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Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel with Intelligent Stop/Start and 8-speed ZF automatic transmission 140kW/450Nm:
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Luxury: $78,900 (Manufacturer’s List Price)
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Premium Luxury: $86,100 (Manufacturer’s List Price)

Sir William Lyons, Jaguar founder, said from day one that his company was in the business of making ‘Beautiful Fast Cars’ and that’s pretty much what they’ve been doing for years, give or take the odd hiccup.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, has essentially transformed the iconic British carmaker into a design powerhouse that is fast becoming the envy of the big three German luxury automotive brands.

So it might come as somewhat of a surprise to some that Jaguar has just released a 2.2-litre diesel in the mid-size XF model line-up.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘a 2.2 litre diesel in a mid-size Jaguar saloon weighing in at 1745 kilograms sounds like a rather dull marriage.

Thankfully, that’s not the case. ‘Beautiful Fast Cars’ are alive and well at Jaguar, even in small displacement diesel guise.

Despite its rather modest displacement the latest edition to the Jaguar XF model range, is anything but tardy. With 140 kW and 450 Nm on tap from just 2000 rpm, acceleration is surprisingly rapid. In fact, it’s better than that. Open it up on a straight stretch of rural Queensland tarmac and this car delivers a positively ‘fast car experience’. Certainly it feels quicker than it’s published 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds, when all 450 of those Newton-metres are on song. That’s especially so during in-gear acceleration from third gear on up.

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

Fancy the latest 8-speed ZF transmission with your 2.2-litre diesel XF? It’s an exotic gearbox as transmissions go these days, but it’s standard kit across all three 2012 Jaguar XF diesel variants. The shifts are silky smooth, not to mention quick. That’s on the up-shift and downshift.

It certainly puts the power down very nicely and with little or no fuss. That said jump on the throttle for a fast getaway at a busy intersection, and there’s a momentary pause in response until the needle nudges 2000 rpm. That’s unlike the larger 3.0-litre diesel powertrain, which reacts instantaneously to heavy throttle input from a standing start.

It’s no deal breaker as the XF 2.2 diesel is far too rewarding a drive for that to be of any major consequence. Moreover, this Jag has a decided skew towards best practice fuel economy and emissions output. That’s despite offering a performance package that would satisfy all but the most ardent performance enthusiasts.

To put that into some perspective, the XF 2.2 Diesel will get as good as 5.4L/100km on a combined reading. On a diet of highway kilometres alone, expect fuel consumption to fall to 4.8L/100km or lower.

On the other hand, hammer the living daylights out of this car across undulating terrain for a 100 plus kilometres and you can’t possibly use any more than 6.9L/100km. That is quite a remarkable feat for a not-so-light luxury express. Despite the sports sedan style performance, CO2 emissions are just 149g/km.

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

This XF 2.2 Diesel is also the first ever Jaguar to fitted with stop start technology, which is clearly beneficial in the quest for better fuel efficiency. Of course, you can switch the system off, which in some cases would assist in more rapid starts, or by switching the transmission into ‘Sport’ mode, the ‘Intelligent Stop Start will automatically deactivate.

Jaguar has clearly worked hard eliminating any annoying cabin noise when hard on the throttle in the XF 2.2. You can still hear some muffled diesel clatter at idle and during standing start getaways, but you’d be hard pressed to tell you hard a small diesel under the bonnet at a steady 80km/h on the highway.

The moment you come across some of this undulating rural terrain, be sure and use the steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, if you intend pushing things on a little, as you’re in for a treat and much more than you might have expected from a fuel conscious mid-to-large size four-door luxury sedan.

Like the rest of Jaguar’s latest XF fleet, the 2.2 diesel is a beautifully balanced motorcar and doesn’t mind being thrown around the more twisty sections of tarmac. There’s some slight front-end tip in when turning in aggressively, but that’s as far as it goes. There’s also a tonne of grip from the standard Pirelli P Zero rubber all round, but if you’re one of those customers that wants the best possible compromise between performance and handling, then go ahead and tick the 18-inch wheel option for more grip and traction.

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

While we have yet to drive on the standard 17-inch alloys that are fitted to the Luxury spec variant, it would be difficult to improve on the general ride quality offered with the larger wheel size package.

Jaguar’s Servotronic steering is something else worthy of some considerable praise on the new diesel variant. There’s absolutely no play from dead-centre along with plenty of weight and an especially sharp response from the slightest driver input. There’s also some excellent feedback through the very tactile sports leather steering wheel.

Like all Luxury carmakers, Jaguar offers its customers an array of additional features over and above the standard kit. But Jaguar, in particular, has generally been more generous in this respect than their German competitors, usually proving more for less.

The XF 2.2 is no exception and even in the entry level ‘Luxury’ spec the inventory of creature comforts is extensive. Some of those features include Bi-function Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights, Rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps, 7-inch colur touchscreen, which is remarkably intuitive, electrically adjustable steering column, Bluetooth streaming, front and rear one-touch windows up and down with anti trap and a host more and too many to itemise in this review.

There’s one exception though, if you’re into your music. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sound system than the optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins with 17 speakers.

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

Despite the opulence, Jaguar has a made a few improvements inside the cockpit of the 2012 XF line-up. For starters, there’s a new front and rear seat design, which incorporates increased side and seat bolster for better car control in those more enthusiastic driving moments. There’s also a new instrument panel that is now a full colour TFT screen.

Exterior-wise there wasn’t a lot wrong with the previous model XF, but with revisions such as the sheetmetal revisions to the grille, bonnet and front wings for an altogether sleeker profile. That’s mostly the result of the lower profile grille and front headlight assembly, which incorporate jaguar’s signature ‘J-Blade’ assembly.

The triangular side vents are also new and while they certainly offer a neater look, I prefer the vertical treatment on the previous model for a more aggressive stance, but that’s just me.

I’m also not overly keen on the XF 2.2’s single exhaust pipe; it detracts from the overall balance and stance of the car. These days, customers in this automotive segment have come to expect dual tailpipes. Again, it’s no deal breaker and it’s one of the few gripes I have about the car and won’t affect the XF’s on road performance in any way.

With loads of get up and go, excellent ride and handling and even better styling, inside and out, there’s precious little not to like about the Jaguar’s latest diesel powered XF, despite it’s small displacement engine and penchant for fuel efficiency.

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review
Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel Review

It might be the entry level variant, but the 78,900 Jaguar XF 2.2 Luxury is still very much a ‘Beautiful Fast Car’.

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  • m2m

    So, the perfect car for anyone and everyone with a fat wallet! First lotto win will have me running to Jaguar!

  • Ox

    They need a turbo petrol 6 in their line-up

  • Sam123

    IMHO $78900 is an outstanding price for a car of this caliber. Bravo Jaguar. Its beautiful and practical and the price doesn’t make my eyes water, or dream of lotto being the only way!

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Lovely car in every way. Nothing you can really call bad on this car, nearly Faultless imo..

  • Shak

    Simply outstanding car. Outstanding interior, outstanding exterior, outstanding price. Simply Outstanding…

  • Damian

    Absolutely sublime. Makes the 5 series/E Class/A6 look overpriced (which they are).

    • Phil

      It’s $3000 less than E class and $4000 less than 5 series.

      Thats barely a 5% price difference. Hardly enough to suddenly make them look overpriced.

      Audi doesn’t offer a small diesel in Australia.

      • nickdl

        The fact that the XF is so much better than any of the Germans (5 Series is the only one that comes close) makes them look overpriced.

      • Scott

        Actually Phil, that’s no longer true. The brand new Audi A6 is now available in a 2.0T Diesel engine. I’ve been leaning toward the A6, but sorely tempted by the Jag! Wonder if it would fit my kids, shopping etc as well as the A6..

    • Pete

      The Germans can charge more because they’re the segment leaders & have been from the beginning.They charge more because they can, & will still outsell Jaguar…This is the same practice in any industry, be it Apple,Sony or whoever.
      Very nice looking car though.

  • FrugalOne


    This will go nicely with my matching Land Rover Defender. Sports handling and frugal diesel use suit me down to a tee…

    • FrugalOne


      Get your own name and commentary!

  • A-train

    Hiccup is the word you’re looking for Anthony.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Haha LOl – thanks so much. late night grammar hiccup.

  • FrugalOne

    Really having trouble to find things i dislike in this vehicle:

    Front grille is fussy
    The engine is Ford’s [Own made out in ~ 18 months]
    Electronic bar-style fuel gauge

    Err thats it really!

    Well done TATA of India!

  • http://www.facebook.com/priusfreezone Matthew Werner

    Says a lot for how good the car is if you have to go looking for something to put in “minus” column and the only thing you can find is a single tailpipe. And the price is pretty sweet too

  • DWS1

    Jaguars look so much better than the 3 german brands

  • Roadtard

    But does it have a 5-star safety rating yet…?

    • FrugalOne

      I believe its 4****, reason being no dash warning about rear seatbelts fitted or similar

      NOTHING to do with crashing it into a concrete block

      Dont worry, buy it, she is safe, such a pretty face please dont crash it!

      • Soupratt

        Actually it has to do with limited chest crash protection and rear sear passenger protection. I was hanging out for this car hoping that they had improved the crash rating but I found out months ago that it didn’t. With 2 young children, safety was far more important to me than looks and went with the 5 series. The new E series wasn’t out at the time but looking at the grandfather shape I am glad I didn’t wait for that either.

  • FrugalOne

    The REAL reason to buy it is because its not on every corner/street/road like the similar priced common-man german brands

    Its really only Caprice/HSV/FPV price range, you would have to have rocks in your head to buy those over one of these!

  • Steve

    And 5 series now is so bland. Well done Jag.
    Seems a perfect entry level luxo exec.

  • laurie

    A lot of overseas reviewers and from memory Car is one of them still think the 5 Series technically is superior to the XF.They say XF close but refinement goes to the German, still on price I’m tempted to get one,now to go and get my wife a pair of shoes,handbag,dress and whatever it takes including getting down on my knees

  • DAVE

    CA, there is a grammar problem with your article ‘You can still hear some muffled diesel clatter at idle and during standing start getaways, but you’d be hard pressed to tell you hard a small diesel under the bonnet at a steady 80km/h on the highway. Do you mean hard pressed to tell you heard a small diesel?

  • laurie

    BMW have dropped their MY12 520d price by $2700 haha they must be very concerned with the XF release

  • Fred

    Dave: He simply meant to say “had” not “hard”

  • Gary

    Total rip off in Australia.
    A cousin in the Uk is a Jag man and the His A$75,000 (46,000 UK Pounds) on the road XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Premium Luxury is a nice car.
    We pay more the for a basic car with the 2.2.

    • Chris Elston

      Gary; If you give me an e address I will send you some price comparisons that will surprise you. I can’t scan to this site.
      Chris at: elstons@topgun.co.za

  • HJP

    I have declared I am in love with it. I am hoping I can own this car one day.

  • Peter

    I’ve had the v8 for 3 very rewarding years, I cant see myself getting tired of it. The ride, handling, appearance, and appointments are pretty much the same in the 2.2 PL (in fact improved a bit on the first models) at $85K compared with over $130K for the V8, the difference is really just the 0 – 100 time for the occasional happy moment (and with 450Nm, probably the 80 – 110 time is similar anyway) and the engine note. It is amazing value, really, though as Gary mentioned, much moreso in the UK.

  • Trevor

    0-100 time of 8.5 is terrible for car at this price.

    • Briffa

      I think its more about the 0-100 time Trevor, t/d are more about in-gear acceleration. In saying that though, I agree it seems very slow when you consider a Mazda 6 diesel does it in under 8

      • Trevor

        not to mention the likes of Jetta & Mondeo. Look I know we’re talking about a totally different class of vehicle here but imagine rolling up at some lights and getting hosed by a MONDEO???

        • nickdl

          I suppose you could get a fully sik HSV GTS for the same price and roll up at some lights and HOSE the Mondeo. Imagine how jealous the Mondeo driver would be when he sees the back of your HSV off in the distance…

          I don’t think many Jaguar buyers worry about winning a drag race at the lights, especially if their car only uses 5.4L/100km.

    • Phil

      This isn’t a performance car at this price.

      If you were concerned about 0-100 times why would you look at the 2.2 diesel when they have a range of other far more powerful options?

      Also you won’t get hosed by a Mondeo – it’s Diesel has less power and is listed as 8.9 secs 0-100 – and the normal petrol is even slower. Mondeo also uses more fuel.

  • http://www.sa-businessnews.com South Africa Business News

    It looks good, Iv still got an X-Type but when it needs replacing I could well be tempted.

  • http://rodandming@bigpond.com rod salter

    can i get the xf 2.2 with caviar exterior , barley & burr walnut interior

  • chris_xxxx

    A friend’s father has one of these XF’s with the 2.2 litre engine. He used to have an XF with the 2.7 litre V6 and says that there’s little difference in performance. Unless you’re bothered about 0 to 60mph times, the 4 cylinder is the better choice.

    Not sure what the price is in Australia but in the UK it starts at £33,940.00 after all taxes.That is $51,746 in Australian dollars.

Jaguar XF Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$34,430 - $39,130
Dealer Retail
$34,500 - $41,030
Dealer Trade
$26,800 - $31,300
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
450Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
140kW @  3500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.4L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1850  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
235/55 R17
Rear Tyres
235/55 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Power Mirrors, Xenon Headlights
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control Intelligent/Active, Reversing Camera, Voice Recognition System
Premium Sound System, Television
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  16,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Under Driver Seat On Floor
Country of Origin
United Kingdom