Digestible Collectible: 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
digestible collectible 2009 jaguar xf supercharged

Imagine if Lucas, Prince of Darkness were still supplying electrics to the British car industry. A Lucas navigation system would make Apple Maps look like a good choice. Lucas telematics would require a Whitworth wrench to access.

I kid because I love. I’ve spent more hours under the hood of British sports cars than just about anything else in my life, though not at all in the last decade or so. Even then, I still have MG shop manuals under my bathroom sink, ready for the restoration of the car I don’t yet own.

I’m closing out the year (and my fortnight of V-8 family sedans) with an Ian Callum stunner: the 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged. There seem to be a good number of these in the $15,000-$20,000 range. I chose this one primarily because it wasn’t silver, and the photos aren’t awful.

I have nothing against silver cars specifically. It just isn’t my favorite shade on this Jag.

Save for the X and S-types of the early Ford era, I can’t think of any Jaguar that wasn’t magnificently styled. The XF is no different. The interior looks quite pleasant, though some materials may not have worn well. The steering wheel appears to be a GM-esque parts-bin item, which is hardly unusual considering Jaguar’s history.

Reliability is always a concern with any British car. I’ve been searching and I can’t seem to find any overwhelmingly consistent problems with the XF. Electrics dominate the problem list, naturally, though most don’t seem more than an annoyance. I’m sure I’ll be corrected by a reader who watched their own XF go up in flames.

This is very appealing. I’m swayed both by the wonderful styling and power, and by the Britishness. The Germans are the leaders in this segment for a reason, but I enjoy being different.

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  • Brett Woods Brett Woods on Jan 02, 2016

    I will throw my lot in with the rousing chorus praising Ian Callum. It can't be denied that he was the naz with a pencil and Ford was so lucky to have him in the fold and his drawings in the locker. Hard to say why he can design a beautiful carriage and some others can't. There are others I think off up there with him like Henrick Fisker and Ralph Gilles who "get it." Others for sure. But Ian Callum really does stand out. I just don't know why there are not more gorgeous cars. I don't know who designs Chevrolets. And I probably don't know because there has been a parade of mediocre designs for the last 35 years. Sure the Vette and the Cruze are nice, but what stand-out designs can you point too. Don't say Camaro, it's ergonomically flawed. (Good runners, nothing wrong inside.) I do remember the very day I first saw this Jag. It was white. Outside of a hospital in Ohio. Parked right against a brick wall near the entrance. Distinctive. Expensive looking. Beautiful. That's all I can say.

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    • Brett Woods Brett Woods on Jan 03, 2016

      @28-Cars-Later I do agree with you, but I cut him some slack. It would be like calling a Samoan fat. He's an American. It’s not like he grew up in Florence. Some Gilles designs are cleverly comfortable while other interiors have been diminished, pinching and overly personal for a vehicle so big and thirsty. And yes, less than optimal visibility. Easy to see from up on my high horse! I hope he will take advantage of his new connections to tour the museums, galleries, palaces, and churches of Italy. I think he has the spark, but it wouldn’t hurt any to gaze up in the Sistine Chapel one more time.

  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Jan 02, 2016

    The Jaguar XF has caught my eye lately as well. I keep reading vague references to horrific maintenance costs, yet I can't find a single specific example of what allegedly fails so often. I read that TrueDelta reported a much higher frequency of repair than competing models, but I can't find any numbers on that sight to back that claim up; XFs are exactly average for the class, maybe even better than competitors. The previously mentioned coolant hoses are the only thing remotely close to a problem. For this class of car, if an $1,800 repair is all you have to worry about, you are in good shape. Also, the later 5.0 NA engines are almost as strong as the '09 supercharged 4.2, and don't suffer the coolant hose issue.

  • Lou_BC Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.
  • FreedMike Next up should DEFINITELY be the Cadillac Eldorado. On the subject of Caddies, I saw a Lyriq in person for the first time a couple of days ago, and I'm changing my tune on its' styling. In person, it works quite well, and the interior is very nicely executed.
  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/tesla-model-y-worlds-best-selling-vehicle-1234848318/and any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!
  • ToolGuy "We're marking the anniversary of the time Robert Farago started the GM death watch and called for the company to die."• No, we aren't. Robert Farago wrote that in April 2005. It was reposted in 2009 on the eve of the actual bankruptcy filing.The byline dates are sometimes strange/off with the site revisions (and the 'this is a repost' note got lost), but the date string in the link is correct (...2005/04...). Posting about GM bankruptcy in 2005 was a slightly more difficult call than doing it in 2009.-- The Truth About Calendars
  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.