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Pre-facelift V6 vs V6 S - which is better value?


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Hello,

As I've posted previously, I'm looking at getting a pre-facelift Jaguar XF and, after much hemming and hawing, I've narrowed the choice down to a V6 or a V6 S.  I confess that I prefer the idea of the extra S horsepower, but expect that might come with some drawbacks (eg, slightly worse mpg and engine/turbo wear).

However, I can't find much on the web about the differences from a long-term perspective and, to my surprise, the official and reported mpg aren't too dissimilar between the two models.

I'm looking to run my choice of XF for at least 3 years and 15-20 thousand miles, over an  urban/hilly country/motorway mix.  I'd be grateful for any opinions on which model would be better and the plus/minus side of the respective cars.

 

Many Thanks

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On 7/29/2022 at 7:14 PM, SomeWearyOldGuy said:

Hello,

As I've posted previously, I'm looking at getting a pre-facelift Jaguar XF and, after much hemming and hawing, I've narrowed the choice down to a V6 or a V6 S.  I confess that I prefer the idea of the extra S horsepower, but expect that might come with some drawbacks (eg, slightly worse mpg and engine/turbo wear).

However, I can't find much on the web about the differences from a long-term perspective and, to my surprise, the official and reported mpg aren't too dissimilar between the two models.

I'm looking to run my choice of XF for at least 3 years and 15-20 thousand miles, over an  urban/hilly country/motorway mix.  I'd be grateful for any opinions on which model would be better and the plus/minus side of the respective cars.

Many Thanks

Hi, I can only comment on the facelift S, I am on my second. I just love them, good MPG I'm showing low 40's on the trip, but rarely drive in sports mode. Bags of power, so much I decided against the map I had looked up before buying second S. My favourite thing is the 8 speed box, it's so smooth. Personally if driven by cost, I would plump for a higher mileage facelift S as long as it has had the belts done. They look way better IMO and think they got the 8 speed rather than six speed box. Hope this helps. 

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On 8/1/2022 at 8:14 AM, GolfyG said:

Hi, I can only comment on the facelift S, I am on my second. I just love them, good MPG I'm showing low 40's on the trip, but rarely drive in sports mode. Bags of power, so much I decided against the map I had looked up before buying second S. My favourite thing is the 8 speed box, it's so smooth. Personally if driven by cost, I would plump for a higher mileage facelift S as long as it has had the belts done. They look way better IMO and think they got the 8 speed rather than six speed box. Hope this helps. 

I believe (but may be wrong about this) that the facelifted 3.0 V6 (S and non-S) took a couple of years to gain the 8-speed gearbox, and retained the 6? I'm but a lowly 2.2 owner, and my 2012 car has the 8-speed, but I think the manual notes the 2.2 had the 8 speed and the 3.0 had the 6 speed at the time of building.

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I went from a pre facelift (2008) to a 2013 S and it has proven to be a total success. It has been a completely reliable beast although I do tend to look after it a little more than the service schedule suggests 😉

The extra performance is... noticeable 😉 although it goes even better with the remap. The 8 speed transmission upgrade is a gem. Gear changes are seamless and almost unnoticeable in use whether gently trundling around or making use of the sport mode, chequered flag and flappy paddles in a more spirited drive. The brakes are perfectly capable regardless of the way I feel like driving although I did change them for Brembo disks and pads all round, my own preference, not that I had any concerns with the OEM.

Fuel consumption averages 40 to 45 MPG on a diet of 10 miles to work and back again with occasional forays at the weekend.

I had the belts done and the transmission serviced as soon as I bought it by my techie who is an ex JLR techie who now works as a mobile independent.

Meridian audio is superb for my type of music and all the tech toys work perefectly and reliably.

I thought the earlier car was great but the facelift is a country mile ahead.

The only non-routine expense has been the ubiquitous boot lid cable loom.

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