Jaguar’s XF executive car is being updated for the 2020 model-year. Buyers can expect more technology, lower emissions and a new Chequered Flag special edition.
Jaguar wants you to swap out your company Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series. So, what could tempt you?
Cleaner diesels mean big savings
Updates to four-cylinder diesel XFs make them compliant with the RDE2 emissions regulations. CO2 emissions fall from 134g/km to 126g/km for the 180hp variant, for example.
Not mandatory until 2021, meeting these regulations is something currently unique to the XF in this segment. The cold, hard figures are telling – a potential £2,304 saving over three years of company car ownership, plus a £345 vehicle tax saving in the first year for private buyers.
To clarify, RDE2-compliant cars do not attract the four percent supplement to Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax, which adds up to £2,304 over a typical three-year company car ownership period.
The caveat is that only rear-wheel-drive 163hp and 180hp models qualify, so be specific if you’re ordering with these savings in mind.
The new model-year XF also stays contemporary with a new Smartphone Pack as standard, including Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
XF Chequered Flag edition
This new special edition is a bit of facelift fluff to match the substance. It has racy badging on the side vents, sport bumpers and the Black Pack as standard, along with body-coloured sills, a boot spoiler and 18-inch wheels. The chequered flag badging continues on the inside, too.
You can have the XF Chequered Flag edition in Yulong White, Santorini Black or the newly-introduced Eiger Grey.
Standard equipment includes Navigation Pro with InControl Connect Pro, which means live traffic, route sharing, parking availability and fuel price functions.
You can get into a new XF from £34,950 for the saloon, or £37,390 for the Sportbrake estate. All engines bar the 163hp Ingenium diesel are available in Chequered Flag spec.