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Car & Driver: Win Diesel: 2017 Jaguar XF Arrives with Diesel, Price Cuts, and EPA Estimates

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2016 Jaguar XF 35t R-Sport

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Outside of Volkswagen dealerships, the stock of new diesel offerings in the marketplace appears to be growing. As it promised, Jaguar has just released two of its first-ever diesel cars for the U.S., the compact 2017 XE and this mid-size 2017 XF.

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The XF 20d shares the Jaguar-designed Ingenium 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four with the XE (and, still to come, the F-Pace SUV) that churns out 180 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque. But just as we were befuddled by the XE’s four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines delivering identical fuel-economy estimates, we’re similarly puzzled over near matching EPA numbers for the XE and XF diesels. The XF 20d gets EPA ratings of 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (1 mpg lower in the city versus the XE 20d) and 30/40 mpg with all-wheel drive (exactly the same as the XE). While both cars share an eight-speed automatic, we’d have expected some greater distance between the two, considering that the XE is considerably smaller and lighter.

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However, the XF’s mid-tier status in the Jaguar lineup is reflected by a significantly higher price. At $48,445, the diesel is now the cheapest XF, at $4450 less than the previous base 2016 model with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Unlike the diesel XE, which carries a $1500 premium over its gasoline siblings, Jaguar discounts the diesel XF across all 2017 trim levels ($3040 below the base 35t and $2350 below the Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport).

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For 2017, prices on the gasoline V-6 models don’t move much. A new base 35t starts at $51,485 with less standard equipment than the 2016 35t Premium. All other gasoline XF trims, including the 380-hp S, carry the same sticker prices as the 2016 models, from $52,895 for the rear-wheel-drive 35t Premium to $66,695 for the all-wheel-drive S. All-wheel drive is a $3000 option offered on all engines and trims. For those keeping tabs on fuel economy, the V-6 models earn EPA city/highway ratings of 20/29 mpg (RWD) or 20/28 mpg (AWD).

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