Jaguar replaced the retro-themed S-Type with the 2009 XF, which kicked off the iconic luxury brand’s continuing transformation from a purveyor of a leather-wrapped and veneer-paneled past into a builder of modern, performance-oriented machines. From its bold grille and clean bodywork to its contemporary interior complete with rotating air vents and a transmission gear knob rising from the center console like a Phoenix from the ashes, the XF is responsible for keeping Jaguar alive.
Last year, the midsize XF sedan received a mid-life makeover including new front styling that resembles the larger XJ flagship model. Inside, new seats, audio systems, displays, and an updated infotainment system debuted. For 2013, Jaguar replaces the XF’s engine lineup, adds all-wheel drive as an option, and performs more navigation and entertainment system upgrades.
One of those new engines is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is now standard in the entry-level version of the XF. While the automaker also offers a range of supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines in this, the least expensive Jaguar model, I wanted to find out if a tiny turbocharged 4-cylinder could be satisfying in a car of this size wearing a price tag of $47,850.
As it turns out, the answer is yes.