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Jaguar XF Four Cylinder? Yeah- its Wonderful!

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29.4 Without trying very hard.  And that electroluminescent is sexy!

29.4 Without trying very hard. And that electroluminescent is sexy!

Jaguars are known for smooth six cylinders or top-of-the-line V-12s.  I know this first hand.  Some of the best times I had in my childhood were with my father, restoring old Jaguars.  The best of the bunch was 1960 XK150 with its smooth, yet powerful, straight six.  The next was a 1974 E-Type that was dead sexy but quite the bitch to get all four Zenith-Stromberg dialed in simultaneously.  But I wax reminiscently…

Fast forward to today, and for the first time in the US market, there is a four-cylinder option on the Jaguar XF sedan.  The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is a Ford design, pumps out 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque.  And forget the naysayers.  It mates to the car beautifully.  Especially when coupled to the 8-speed automatic transmission.  Turbo lag is barely perceptible, and although it may have a couple of barely-detectable hiccups compared to the V8, this is the engine I would purchase if I were buying a XF.  Jaguar engineers did a wonderful job tuning the powerplant to blend it into the character of the vehicle.  BONUS: With this combination, it gets phenomenal mileage.  For something weighing in at close to 5000 pounds, it is remarkable.  It is like watching Precious at Golden Corral after bariatric surgery.  You think it wants to constantly eat, but it just passes on by the pumps.

My own weekend driving jaunt that included some trafficky situations in Manhattan yielded 26 MPG overall.  But on the open road 30 MPG is easily attainable.  Moreover, I really like the idea of purchasing an engine with a Ford-backed pedigree of reliability.  Not to say that Tata cannot design its own powertrain.  But…

Great stuff Jaguar.

 

 

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