The new Jaguar XF is on sale now with a choice of four engines and four trim levels.  Prices start from £32,300 for the entry-level diesel Prestige with the range-topping V6 S models at £49,950.

Kicking off the engine range is a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel unit, available with either 163PS and 380Nm of torque, or 180PS and 430Nm.

Developed in-house, the new engine has a number of technical advances, such as its use of variable valve timing – unusual for a diesel – offset cylinder bores, camshaft roller bearings, split cooling system with mapped thermostat and many other developments that help it achieve its high efficiency claims.

For the 163PS unit, those claims are of up to 71.7mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km.

Despite its frugal nature, the entry-level diesel can still accelerate from 0-62mph in a creditable 8.7 seconds, and keep pulling until its 132mph top speed.

The 180PS version shaves 0.7 of a second off the 0-62mph time to 8.0 seconds dead, while top speed rises slightly to 136mph.  Economy is marginally affected at 65.7mpg with emissions up a touch to 114 g/km.

Both versions are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, both from ZF.  The auto is remarkable in that the XF’s performance is barely affected by it – the 163PS model’s 0-62mph times are identical regardless of transmission choice, while the 180PS unit loses only 0.1 of a second in the switch to automatic.  CO2 emissions are also left untouched.

Moving up the engine range, things get more interesting with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel: it produces 300PS (up 25PS over the old unit) and an enticing 700Nm of torque (up 100Nm), and that’s enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds and an electronically-limited 155mph top speed.

It doesn’t disgrace itself in the economy stakes, either, with a combined cycle figure of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 144 g/km.

Top of the tree, though, is the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol unit taken from the F-Type.  It develops 380PS and 450Nm of torque and – like the V6 diesel – is mated exclusively to an eight-speed XF auto.

Performance is quoted as a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds, with top whack limited to 155mph.  Economy was never likely to be its forte, although its official figures of 34mpg and 198 g/km are hardly catastrophic.

The Jaguar XF will be offered in four trim levels: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S.

The new XF is packed with gadgets, such as adaptive damping, Jaguar’s latest InControl smartphone connectivity apps, the option of a 17-speaker 825W Meridian surround sound system, a laser head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, and a range of driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, Queue Assist, an intelligent speed limiter that uses the traffic sign recognition system to adjust the vehicle’s speed to the prevailing limit, and more.

2016 Jaguar XF Prices

Model NameOTR PriceCO2 Emissions g/km
XF 2.0d 163ps Prestige£32,300.00104
XF 2.0d 163ps R-Sport£34,200.00104
XF 2.0d 163ps Portfolio£36,400.00104
XF 2.0d 163ps Prestige Auto£34,050.00109
XF 2.0d 163ps R-Sport Auto£35,950.00109
XF 2.0d 163ps Portfolio Auto£38,150.00109
XF 2.0d 180ps Prestige£32,800.00114
XF 2.0d 180ps R-Sport£35,100.00114
XF 2.0d 180ps Portfolio£37,300.00114
XF 2.0d 180ps Prestige Auto£34,550.00114
XF 2.0d 180ps R-Sport Auto£36,850.00114
XF 2.0d 180ps Portfolio Auto£39,050.00114
XF 3.0d 300ps S Auto£49,950.00144
XF 3.0i V6 S/C 380ps S Auto£49,950.00198