Jaguar unveils updated XF saloon with improved interior

JAGUAR has revealed a facelifted version of the XF executive saloon and sportbrake, in a bid to make its BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-class rival more alluring.

The British car maker has specifically focused on the interior, an area of the car which has often been seen as falling short when compared to its competitors. The “tactile and luxurious” cabin, shared with the F-Pace, has been razed of all cheap-seeming materials, instead opting for wood veneer and aluminium finishes, as well as a “piano lid” that encompasses the width of the dashboard.

Seats, meanwhile, have gained wider cushioning, as well as enhanced coverage of heated and cooled areas and optional massage functions. Practicality has also been improved, with more space for storage in the door pockets, and easier access thanks to a 360-degree grab handle.

There’s also an optional addition to the XF’s interior in the form of a “purify” button that ionises the air in the car, and PM2.5 air filters that stop the entry of some unwanted particles into the car. Other optional additions include a wireless phone charger with an inbuilt signal booster.

Jaguar unveils facelifted XF with improved interior

A new infotainment system, also found in the new Land Rover Defender, is controlled through a touchscreen which Jag claims has better clarity than the outgoing one, as well as being three times brighter and nearly 50% bigger, at 11.4in. Nine out of 10 common tasks can be completed through the system in two taps or fewer, the car maker says.

The driver display is also more sophisticated than in the outgoing model, taking the form of an interactive 12.3in screen with better graphics and a configurable layout. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come as standard.

To make the XF extra quiet so that the executive target audience can better focus on their business discussions, Jaguar has introduced Active Road Noise Cancellation technology to the XF, which it claims is a first for the segment. This records the exact frequency of the road noise so that it can produce the opposite sound wave, which in theory results in silence, like adding acid to alkaline to create a neutral PH.

A quality-over-quantity approach has also been applied to the XF range, with the number of the derivatives slashed from 64 to 28, “a move that both reduces manufacturing complexity and retains the most popular features selected by customers”.

There are now three powertrains: two petrol four-cylinders, with 247bhp or 296bhp, and a diesel mild hybrid setup that puts out 201bhp. The latter offers 24bhp more than the diesel unit it replaces, while reducing emissions by 13%.

The range topping petrol XF, which is only available with four-wheel drive, can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds.

On the exterior, only mild changes have been made, including a wider front grille and larger air intakes, and new superslim headlights have been added.

While the XF has been made more luxurious, it will cost less than the outgoing model. Prices begin at £32,585, around £2,500

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2020 Toyota Highlander features new look, improved interior, better fuel economy

With the redesign of the exterior the overall dimensions of the interior improve with a cabin that feels roomier in the first and second rows. As is the case with most SUVs in the segment, the third row is cramped and should be reserved for children.

Cargo room, however, is much improved with 16 cubic feet behind the third row and 84.3 cubic feet of overall space.

There are five trims available for the Highlander including L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum. My tester was the top-of-the-line Platinum trim. It had an MSRP of $48,800. With a few optional equipment packages, my tester had a final price tag of $51,654.

Fuel economy for the 2020 Toyota Highlander sees a slight improvement from last year. Even my AWD tester saw a one MPG gain year over year. Overall, the AWD V6 Highlander has an EPA rating of 20 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway (compared to 20/26 last year). In a week’s worth of suburban driving, I averaged 23 mpg.

In a bland segment full of vanilla SUVs that all remain oh-so-popular, it was wise for Toyota to re-engage with an updated Highlander. As the pack was starting to catch up and surpass it, Toyota manages to gain interest with a viable, attractive seven-passenger SUV.

Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist.


  • Price/As-tested price………………………………………… $48,800/$51,654
  • Mileage…………………………………… 20 mpg/city; 27 mpg/hwy
  • Engine……………………………………… 3.5-Liter V6
  • Horsepower…………………………… 295 hp/263 lbs.-ft.
  • Transmission…………………………… 8-speed automatic
  • Drive wheels……………. All-wheel drive
  • Final assembly point……………. Princeton, Indiana

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