2012 Jaguar XF

MSRP $53,000 - $82,000

Ranked #13 in Sedan

6.7

Overall Rating

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2012 Jaguar XF Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Amidst top dogs in the market, Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan that holds a unique position due to having qualities like superb performance, bold visuals, and an amazing level of comfort. The 2012 XF might be a mid-tier vehicle in the Jaguar’s line-up but pushing beyond limits in the realm of luxury is another reason why it is so well sought after. 

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Pros

Powerful V8 engines

Spacious cabin with an exquisite level of luxury

Stylish exterior design

Joyful driving experience

Cons

Missing an all-wheel-drive system

Unimpressive fuel economy

Subpar reliability

What's New?

Enhanced exterior styling including new headlights and taillights

Updated infotainment system

XF Portfolio replaces Premium Trim

Updated seat design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

305 cu.in.

horsepower

385 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

380 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.5 in.

length

195.3 in.

width

71.6 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

4067 lbs.

ground clearance

4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95 cu ft.

cargo volume

17.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

423.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$53,000 onwards

Supercharged$68,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Jaguar XF in Azurite Black Metallic color
Azurite Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


For 2012 MY, Jaguar drops the Premium trim level and replaces it with Portfolio. Also, the vehicle gets a new seat design, revamped headlights, and an upgraded infotainment system. Perks like these make the 2012 Jaguar XF a formidable machine in the market and offer tough competition to rivals such as Mercedes-Benz E550, BMW 5 Series, and INFINITI M56.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Jaguar XF Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Jaguar XF comes in three trim levels. i.e. Base, XF Portfolio, and XF Supercharged. You also have an XFR variant which will be reviewed separately. For 2012 MY, XF Portfolio replaces Premium trim. Base XF trim loads features such as leather upholstery, keyless ignition, a sunroof, navigation system, rear parking sensors, cruise control, power front seats, and steering wheel. 

The XF Portfolio expands on it by offering keyless entry, ventilated front seats, front parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a faux-sued headliner. The top trim XF Supercharged comes with a more powerful engine, better brakes, tires, and suspension system, more luxury features, and an upgraded sound system. Moreover, Lots of these and other features are loaded under three different packages i.e. Sport package 1, Premium package, and a Cold weather package. 

Trim

Base

XF Portfolio

XF Supercharged

MSRP

$53,000

$59,000

$68,100

Key Features

18-inch wheels

19-inch wheels

Supercharged V8 engine

 

Rear parking sensors

Keyless entry and ignition

Bigger brakes

 

Automatic bi-xenon headlights with washers

Ventilated front seats with more adjustable options

Adaptive suspension

 

Leather upholstery

Adaptive headlights

20-inch wheels

 

Sunroof

Front parking sensors

Summer tires

 

Keyless ignition

Faux suede headliner

Heated steering wheel

 

Navigation system

Rearview camera

11 speaker sound system

 

10 speaker sound system with a CD player

Figured ebony veneer interior trim

Blindspot warning system

 

Adaptive cruise control

Heated rear window

Automatic high beam

 

Heated six-way power front seats

Jaguar Smart Key System 

Power rear sunshade

 

Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Keyless push-button start

 

We Recommend

Although all three trims are impressive, according to us, the one which seems to be the best deal is the newest addition to the lineup- XF Portfolio. It is priced at $59,000 and gets you ventilated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar adjustments, and a 16-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Portfolio also offers front parking sensors and a rearview camera. On top of that one gets a premium headliner including keyless entry and adaptive headlights. If one wants, even more, features then just simply opt for performance package 2 and the cold weather package which loads more luxury and safety tech features. 

2012 Jaguar XF Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 Jaguar XF is available in two engine configurations. Both Base and XF Portfolio are powered by a 5.0 Liter V8 engine which can produce 385 horsepower and a torque of 380 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard throughout the lineup and power is sent to the rear wheels. Unfortunately, an all-wheel-drive system is absent for XF which will disappoint some potential buyers. 

Regardless, once put on the road you will get to experience one of the best engines in its class as it can move XF from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds. Not only is it fast but the collective unit results in a memorable driving experience that stays impressive on corners as well as on the straights. A supercharged version of the same engine cranks out 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque comes standard in the XFR which makes everything more exciting. It can reach 60 mph from a standstill in under five seconds.

Models

2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Mercedes Benz E550

2012 BMW 5 Series 550i

2012 INFINITI M56

MSRP

$53,000

$59,790

$62,000

$59,200

Engine 

5.0 Liter V8

4.6 Liter Turbocharged V8

4.4 Liter Turbocharged V8

5.6 Liter V8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6 speed automatic

7 speed automatic

6-speed manual

7 speed automatic

Power 

385 hp @ 6,500 rpm

402 hp @ 5,000 rpm

400 hp @ 5,500 rpm

420 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

380 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

450 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

417 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.3

5.3

5.3

4.4

Quarter mile (sec)

13.7

13.9

13.5

13.2

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

155

Although both engines of the 2012 Jaguar XF are incredible on the road when compared to its rivals the base engine comes out a bit slower than the others. Do not let this discourage you though because the ride quality it offers is harder to compete with than the others. Infiniti comes with a humongous 5.6L V8 and has the best performance figures on paper. But on roads. Mercedes E550 is the quickest of the lot thanks to its turbo V8 motor.

2012 Jaguar XF Fuel Economy

6.0/10

It is a usual case that powerful engines often come with low fuel economy and when it comes to the 2012 Jaguar XF the story is a bit better but not completely opposite. The base V8 engine offers a moderate level of fuel economy; you get 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highways, and 19 mpg combined. 

The stats are unimpressive but the 18.4-gallon fuel tank it offers is decent and results in an acceptable driving range of 424 miles on the highway. So if one wants to just take it for a spin on long routes or drive daily to the office, Jaguar XF seems like a decent option to go for. If one decides to go for the supercharged V8 engine then naturally it is going to result in even lower mileage.

Models

2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Mercedes Benz E550

2012 BMW 5 Series 550i

2012 INFINITI M56

MPG (City)

16

16

15

16

MPG (Highway)

23

26

22

24

MPG (Combined)

19

20

17

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.4

23.5

18.5

20

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

294.4/423.2

376/611

277.5/407

320/480

The standard V8 engine of 2012 XF offers acceptable mileage, which when compared to its rivals only surpasses BMW 5 Series. Both Mercedes and INFINITI offer better fuel economy. Even in the fuel tank capacity section, XF falls behind the others which is the main reason why it offers a lesser driving range than Mercedes and INFINITI.

2012 Jaguar XF Interior

7.0/10

Remember when we mentioned how Jaguar is known for its luxurious interior? Well get inside the 2012 XF and you will get your answer. Sure the traditional wood trim integrated within the interior design is there but instead of being bright and classy, this time XF is coming with a more darker and modern cabin. Every inch of the surface is covered with high-quality materials. Leather upholstery is standard and provides a decent level of comfort. The dashboard has also been refreshed with updated physical buttons which are blacked out. The beautifully designed steering wheel comes with a power tilt and telescopic functions.  

The 2012 XF comes with newly designed seats for the maximum level of comfort. At the front, power-adjustable bucket seats are available which can be had with heating or ventilation functions. For the rear a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with headrests is available. Also, both front and rear row offers ample room. Thinking about loading some stuff for the tour? XF offers one of the biggest cargo capacities in its class with a wide opening. The same can be said about storage areas inside the cabin for your personal effects.

Models

2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Mercedes Benz E550

2012 BMW 5 Series 550i

2012 INFINITI M56

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/56.9/41.5

37.9/57.8/41.3

39.1/58.3/41.4

39.1/58.4/44

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/56.4/36.6

38.2/56.9/35.8

38/56.2/36.1

37.7/56.7/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

17.7

15.9

18.4

N/A

The 2012 Jaguar XF’s cabin is spacious and feels somewhat better when compared to its rivals. Except for the INFINITI M56 which offers more legroom for front passengers. On the other hand, the 17.7 cu ft cargo capacity of XF is better than its rivals except for the BMW 5 Series. On the other hand, the Infiniti M56’s cargo volume has not been officially released. Some Standout interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Sunroof
  • Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats
  • Faux suede headliner
  • Heated power tilt and telescopic steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2012 Jaguar XF’s infotainment unit?

For 2012, Jaguar has updated the XF's infotainment system which is now similar to what one would find inside Jaguar’s flagship XJ sedan. The system comes with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen which might not be as good as what XJ has but still takes a leap forward by offering smooth response and easy UI. The navigation system comes with clear graphics and rarely feels like a burden. 

As for the features, USB ports, SiriusXM, BlueTooth wireless technology for phones, HD radio, and interactive voice controls are available. For entertainment, a 400 watt 10 speaker Jaguar premium audio system is available on the base model which should be enough. However, buyers can upgrade to a 600 watt 11 speaker sound system by paying extra or opting for XF Supercharged. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 600-watt 11-speaker Jaguar premium audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • JaguarVoice voice-activated controls for phone & navigation
  • Bluetooth

2012 Jaguar XF Exterior

7.0/10

The exterior design of the 2012 XF is easily one of the major differences which one can find when compared to last year’s model. As Jaguar has finally made it bolder than ever before with unique exterior styling. Sure the overall design is the same but it’s the key elements such as redesigned front headlights with a better grille design that make it distinct. Even the front bumper got interesting changes. At the rear, you will find newly designed tail lights with LEDs that just look bigger than the previous year’s model.  

From the sides, XF is still the same with chrome-trimmed windows and body-colored power mirrors. On top, a one-touch tilt and slide power glass sunroof is available which welcomes decent lighting inside the cabin. Different wheels from 18 to 20 inches are available according to the trim and yes performance wheels are available which certainly results in better control on the road.

Models

2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Mercedes Benz E550

2012 BMW 5 Series 550i

2012 INFINITI M56

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,067

4,497

4,365

4,028

Length (in.)

195.3

191.7

193.1

194.7

Width (in.)

75.6

75.9

73.2

72.6

Height (in.)

57.5

57.7

57.6

59.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.1

4.1

5.6

5.9

Wheelbase (in.)

114.5

113.1

116.9

114.2

Jaguar XF’s external dimensions when compared to its rivals seem to be somewhat similar to the others in the competition. However, the 4.1 inches of ground clearance is lesser than the others which will cause some problems on irregular surfaces. 2012 Jaguar XF is the longest of the lot but Mercedes-Benz E550 comes a little wider while BMW 5 Series has a large wheelbase which translates to better interior space. Standout exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels 
  • Redesigned headlights and taillights
  • One-touch tilt and slide power glass sunroof
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Performance tires

2012 Jaguar XF Safety

6.0/10

When it comes to safety, Jaguar has tried its best to load 2012 XF with the necessary features. By default features such as traction and stability control, active head restraints, multi-stage airbags at various key points, tire pressure monitoring system, and anti-lock brakes are available. 

Two Performance packages I and II are available which load features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, forward impediment alert system, and adaptive headlights. For easy parking, front and rear parking sensors with rearview cameras are available. Oh, and yes bigger brakes and performance tires in the higher trims clearly bring better control over the vehicle. Standout safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Forward impediment alert system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview mirror

2012 Jaguar XF Final Verdict

By now it must be clear how impressive the 2012 Jaguar XF is. It offers a proper balance over performance and luxury. Here you get a vehicle with a spacious cabin that oozes with an unmatched level of comfort. Plus the long list of features and impressive cargo capacity makes it worth having inside your garage. The only flaws we could find were an average fuel economy and the nonavailability of an all-wheel-drive system. So if you can ignore those then yes we would fully recommend the 2012 Jaguar XF.

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