Proof that the Jaguar XF is a proper Jaguar in all the tangible and intangible senses of that statement comes with an assessment of its ride and handling capabilities. It is the control weights – the smooth, light and precise steering, and the easily modulated brakes – that make the XF such a pleasure to drive in every situation.
It doesn't matter which variant you choose, either. The Jaguar XF is a car that steers faithfully and with enough communication to ensure that its reputation as the best driver’s car of its class extends from even the base model to the range-topper.
If there are any niggles in this area, it is with low-speed ride over very specific road finishes, and then only in the models powered by the 2.2 diesel. The higher-powered XFs set the benchmark in such matters, but oddly the four-cylinder car communicates high-frequency undulations that other models in the range soak up effectively. Particularly at higher urban speeds, and with cornering forces involved, there is a slight patter over broken surfaces.
Still, this is one occasional flaw in a chassis set-up that otherwise remains at the top of its game, regardless of the model type. Although softer than most rivals, the XF remains a lesson in how to make a car soak up the worst of the road surface without corrupting body control: it's a trait that few manufacturers do well.