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  • All-wheel-drive sports sedans are a prerequisite for any manufacturer serious about racking up sales in markets where the weather can get frightful. Jaguar.

    With the Jaguar XF AWD Sport, looks are everything. That's because, if you dig beneath the surface, you'll find a year-old car.

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    I want my money back. This was a problem at the two gas stations I filled up at. Jaguar is known for its performance cars, and the XF delivers classic front-engine rear-drive behavior, even when equipped with all-wheel drive. Best Handling Midsize Luxury Sedans. Best Looking Midsize Luxury Sedans.

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    The Good The Jaguar XF offers an understated design and an old-school feel with modern underpinnings. The standard infotainment system is snappy and crisply rendered, boasting a full list of digital media sources to feed its Meridian premium audio system. The Bad Driver aid options are limited to just the basics. The infotainment design and organization feel dated and complicated.

    Drivers looking for the latest tech should look to competing models or wait for next year's redesign. Though the sedan's interior design is classic and understated, Jaguar's use of materials gives the XF 3.

    The XF's leather trimmed interior makes heavy use of glossy black plastic and large swaths of semiglossy silver. There's also quite a bit of shiny chrome trim; probably too much, as glare becomes a bit of an issue in harsh midday light. Beneath the old luxury look, there's an element of modern drama to entering and starting the XF. Settling into the cushy bucket seat, I noticed that the start button isn't just illuminated, it pulses red not unlike a heartbeat while the car waits to be started.

    Mash the button and the engine springs to life with a satisfying growl. Meanwhile, the vents for the climate control rotate into an open position and the shiny chrome shift knob rises from the center console.

    All of the moving parts are a bit gimmicky, but definitely draw oohs and ahhs from passengers. On the road or parked, the XF's cabin is generally a nice place to be. It's quiet, comfortable and understated. Everything looks well-made, with a few exceptions. Most obviously are the hollow-feeling black plastic paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which have a bit of an economy car feel.

    The face of the steering wheel is home to the chrome and rubber thumb controls for the audio system, which look nice enough, but have a mushy, vague feel. The paddles and thumb controls aren't deal breakers, but as points that the driver frequently touches, more attention to detail on would be nice.

    In the center of the dashboard is the standard Jaguar infotainment rig, where you'll interact with the navigation system, audio sources and climate controls. This system feels more and more antiquated every time I see it, particularly as the Jaguar brand becomes more and more modern. The system offers a decent and extensive list of audio sources to pump into the XF's watt Meridian audio system -- which, by the way, sounds pretty darn good. However, the touchscreen looks too busy and overly skeuomorphic.

    Operation is quick and the maps for navigation are crisply rendered, but I found that the design had a tendency to clutter the screen with too much information and even small operations required too much of my attention. Driver aid technology for the XF is limited to a blind-spot information system and a standard rear camera. There simply aren't a lot of bells and whistles available to the Jag; this feels like an old-school car with a modern power train. Speaking of power trains, the XF is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission that, as I mentioned earlier, uses a novel rotary transmission selector that rises out of the center console like a giant chrome volume knob when the car is started.

    The gearbox features normal, sport, and manual shift programs. Our example sends power to the rear wheels, but the XF 3. Near the shifter, you'll find buttons to toggle the Dynamic and Winter driving modes: Jaguar is also one of the only automakers I've seen to make prominent an automatic speed limiter ASL button, which lets drivers set a maximum speed that the car won't be able exceed.

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