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2014 Jaguar XF 2.0-litre Petrol: Review

by Cyrus Dhabhar Photography: Eshan Shetty Posted on 15 May 201419,398 Views7 Comments

We drive the cheapest Jaguar money can buy to see if it can take the fight to the established German rivals

 

 

Jaguar XF 2.0 litre side
 

 

 

Jaguar started assembling cars in its new plant in Pune last year. This was an important step for the Tata owned British Car Company, especially when it comes to the Indian market where imports are taxed heavily and local assembly allows manufacturers to price their products more competitively. Given this the new XF 2.0-litre petrol that you see here is obviously much cheaper than its bigger engined siblings. But, will this new base version of the XF be enough to take on the might of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series?


 

Jaguar XF 2.0 litre front

 

 

In our opinion the XF has always been one of the prettiest cars on Indian roads. Designing a good looking car is something that Jaguar has always done very well, and the Jaguar XF with its coupe like silhouette and its large, nostalgic, art deco grille certainly makes the average Joe turn around and give the XF another look. It is nearly impossible to differentiate the 2.0-litre petrol variant with the larger engined more expensive variants of the XF until you really start looking at the details.

 

 

Jaguar XF 2.0 litre rear tracking

 

 

For starters, the Jaguar XF 2.0 comes with smaller 17-inch wheels wrapped in a set of 235/55 R17 Pirelli tyres. The smaller wheels do take away a bit from the road presence, however, the smaller wheel and larger sidewall aids the ride quality and is certainly advantageous in India’s poor road conditions. The other difference though is at the rear, where the 2.0-litre losses the ‘S’ badge that all other variants come. While the Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel version comes with only one exhaust outlet though, the petrol 2.0-litre stays true to its original design and gets a dual exhaust setup which maintains the visual balance of the design.

 

 

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