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A full used buyer’s guide to the Jaguar XF covering the XF Mk1 (2008 2015)VerdictAs if to prove that it marked a fresh start for Jaguar, the XF scooped our Car of the Year award back in 2008, before taking first place in Driver Power 2009. It followed this up with five top five places in a row in our annual satisfaction survey four of which were top three positions and as a result, Auto Express readers crowned the XF as the Driver Power Car of the Decade in 2011. With such an impressive track record, it’s clear that the imminent new XF due in showrooms late this year has some big shoes to fill. But one thing’s for sure: if you’re in the market for a used exec, buying German is no longer the default option.For years, Jaguar’s design was stuck in the sixties, but the arrival of the XF heralded a new era for the British brand.Gone were the old school design cues introduced 50 years before, replaced by more modern lines. But it wasn’t just the looks that changed; here was a car that was class leading to drive and featured a superb interior, while the build quality was streets ahead of anything Jaguar had built before.In the eight years since it hit showrooms, we’ve heaped praise on the XF and so have our readers. It was named Car of the Decade in our Driver Power survey, and now you can buy one for less than 10,000.Models coveredThe Jaguar XF arrived in showrooms in early 2008 and has been one of the best executive cars on the market ever since. A new version arrived in 2015, but it’s the original Mk1 that we are concentrating on.A refresh in March 2009 saw a 5.0 V8 replace the 4.2 litre, the SV8 become the XFR and the 2.7 V6 diesel replaced by a 237bhp 3.0 litre. A year later, a high power (275bhp) 3.0 litre diesel arrived, in the XF S.The XF was facelifted in September 2011, and got its first four cylinder engine, the 188bhp 2.2D. A year later, the Sportbrake estate launched, alongside a 161bhp version of the 2.2D engine. And in May 2013, the 542bhp 5.0 litre V8 XFR S was unleashed.PricesTwo year old cars will be between 20,000 and 38,000 depending on specification, while a four year old XF will be in the 16,500 to 32,000 bracket. Visit our sister site BuyaCar for the latest used Jaguar XF prices and dealsJaguar XF reviewsJaguar XF in depth reviewJaguar XF 2.2d reviewJaguar XF 2.2d R Sport reviewJaguar XF 2.7d reviewJaguar XF 3.0d reviewJaguar XF 3.0 S/C reviewJaguar XFR reviewJaguar XF Sportbrake in depth reviewJaguar XF 2.2d Sportbrake reviewJaguar XF long term test reviewWhich one should I buy?All engines are smooth, refined and muscular. Most XFs have diesel power and while the 3.0 litre V6 is superb, the 2.7 provides generous power and torque. Pick of the crop, though, is the sublime XF S.No model is sparsely equipped; even the Luxury comes with sat nav, climate and cruise control, eight way electrically adjustable seats, leather trim, touchscreen multimedia, 17 inch alloys and rear parking sensors. Premium Luxury adds 10 way seat adjustment, a premium sound system, 18 inch wheels and a heated windscreen.Portfolio models feature heated and cooled seats, a 1,200 watt sound system, auto dimming mirrors and 19 inch alloy wheels. A DAB radio and adaptive cruise control were options on all versions.Alternatives the Jaguar XF Mk1The Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class all offer prestige, space, quality and comfort, along with wide ranging engine and trim choices. You’ll pay more for these than an equivalent XF, but all come in estate guise, too. Uniquely in this market, the Audi is also available with four wheel drive.If you fancy something more unusual, the Lexus GS offers superb refinement, an impeccable reliability record and superb equipment. There are no diesels or estates, but you can still go green as the GS 450h is an affordable used hybrid exec.If you want something truly leftfield, consider the Volkswagen Phaeton. It stands out with its roomy cabin, equipment galore and keen second hand prices.