Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio - Navigation

By Riyad Emeran



There's no doubt that the Bowers & Wilkins sound system is the tech highlight in the Jaguar XF, but the navigation system isn't too far behind it. The first thing we usually complain about when we come to the navigation system is the lack of full, seven digit postcode support. Thankfully, no such complaint can be made about the XF, since it has no problem accepting a full postcode, and can therefore get you to within metres of your intended destination, rather than just the general vicinity.

Jaguar has also had the good sense to employ a touch-screen interface, which makes the whole business of inputting destinations and navigating menus so much simpler. Yes, BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI systems are tailored to their dial-based input methods, but they're simply no substitute for simply stabbing your finger at the option you want.

So, Jaguar has managed to address the two most important parts of the navigation equation, but it hasn't stopped there. Like other systems I've looked at, this one can also be configured to return three different routes for you to choose from, which is useful if you want to take the scenic route instead of sitting on a motorway.

The audible instructions are clear and timely enough to ensure that you're in the correct lane when you need to be. You also get visual cues in the central dash display, which again are clearer than most - the graphical representation of roundabouts is particularly good. Interestingly, unlike most in-dash displays, the XF doesn't constantly display the next instruction, instead it only does so when you're nearing your turning/exit/roundabout.


October 1, 2009, 9:06 pm

I didn't like them at first but soon realised they have adopted BMW's trick of making the car look totally naff without the optional big alloys. Fitted with 18" or above and preferably in metallic grey it looks the business and in no way a copycat design of anything German. Between this and the XK I think Jaguar have the best looking premium cars on sale today.

The Bowers & Wilkins speaker system looks interesting. Is it better than the Mark Levinson system fitted to the Lexus GS? As tacky a design as the GS is, it's a lovely place to sit in no small part due to the audio system.

The only thing I don't like about the Jag is the colour of the dials. I will forever have an aversion to green illumination which I guess started with my first car, a Ford Fiesta. I have found even in my Dad's Volvo XC90 that the green dials make my eyes feel strained after a while at night. My ideal is the clear but unobtrusive pinky-red in modern BMWs which I find lovely and relaxing while always clear to read.

Overall though the XF manages to be desirable to both my head and heart, something rare in this sector.


October 1, 2009, 10:46 pm

Diesel is the fuel of Satan.

That makes this jaguar is unhealthy spawn i guess...

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