The Car was a 2010 MY XF 3.0L D Portfolio in Spectrum Blue, charcoal interior, warm charcola veneer with 20” Selena Wheels
Compared to the 2.7D there has been a lot of improvement, the new engine is a completely different beast, it is quieter from the initial startup where there seems to be less of an initial “roar”, to hardly being able to hear the engine when it was running.
It seemed smoother while driving and there is no lag on pulling away from a standstill due to the parallel sequential turbo boosting system,
Power is up from 207hp to 240hp cutting down the 0-60 time from 7.7sec to 6.7sec, increasing top speed slightly from 143mph to 149mph.
With better fuel consumption up from 37.6mpg to 42mpg and a claimed 51.3mpg (Extra Urban), overall weight is up slightly, I assume it is down to the new engine.
Co2 emissions for this engine is a great improvement,(199g/kg for the 2.7) Co2 of 179g/kg compares very well with the same engine in the XJ at 189g/kg considering the XJ is a larger and of similar weight
Compared to what I have been driving for nearly two years, it was nice to have some of the little extras not on mine, having a TV was a nice touch, but having to watch the budget was a bit of a downer, the sports seats had a bit more support and with the heating and cooling which was a nice feature, the adaptive cruise control takes a bit of getting used to, but on the whole I think it worked well, it did seem to be a bit intrusive on busy stretches of motorway causing the car to slow quickly at times when you came up behind other vehicles, experimenting with it in town one evening it caused a bit of a surprise when a cyclist in front caused the car to slow down for no apparent reason.
The front parking aid and rear camera is new to me and very useful in car parks, it makes you wonder how we managed without it, I think it will be a must for my next car.
The auto wipers seemed to work a bit better than on mine, and the integrated cornering headlamps are a nice feature, very useful when returning home on a dark wet evening.
The interior has not changed in layout, but to drive it is a different car, the ride seemed smoother, the wheels are the same size as on mine; however it seemed to ride the potholes a lot better.
In Conclusion while I was disappointed when the 3.0LD was announced so soon into the XF’s life, it is certainly a better car, it’s just a shame the new engine was not available for the launch.
We now seem to be known locally as "Jaguar House"............. I can't think why