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Jaguar unveils updated XF saloon with improved interior

JAGUAR has revealed a facelifted version of the XF executive saloon and sportbrake, in a bid to make its BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-class rival more alluring.

The British car maker has specifically focused on the interior, an area of the car which has often been seen as falling short when compared to its competitors. The “tactile and luxurious” cabin, shared with the F-Pace, has been razed of all cheap-seeming materials, instead opting for wood veneer and aluminium finishes, as well as a “piano lid” that encompasses the width of the dashboard.

Seats, meanwhile, have gained wider cushioning, as well as enhanced coverage of heated and cooled areas and optional massage functions. Practicality has also been improved, with more space for storage in the door pockets, and easier access thanks to a 360-degree grab handle.

There’s also an optional addition to the XF’s interior in the form of a “purify” button that ionises the air in the car, and PM2.5 air filters that stop the entry of some unwanted particles into the car. Other optional additions include a wireless phone charger with an inbuilt signal booster.

Jaguar unveils facelifted XF with improved interior

A new infotainment system, also found in the new Land Rover Defender, is controlled through a touchscreen which Jag claims has better clarity than the outgoing one, as well as being three times brighter and nearly 50% bigger, at 11.4in. Nine out of 10 common tasks can be completed through the system in two taps or fewer, the car maker says.

The driver display is also more sophisticated than in the outgoing model, taking the form of an interactive 12.3in screen with better graphics and a configurable layout. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come as standard.

To make the XF extra quiet so that the executive target audience can better focus