The sophisticated safety systems help to ensure a safe journey for driver, passengers and other road users.
AIDS TO SAFER DRIVING
The XF features a number of safety systems designed to improve road-holding and stability:
- Emergency brake assist
- Electronic brake-force distribution
- Anti-lock brakes
- Traction control (through engine and brake intervention)
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Cornering brake control
- Engine drag torque control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), optional on the XF, uses a radar in the front bumper to monitor the vehicle in front, automatically adjusting its speed to maintain a constant distance. The Intelligent Emergency Braking and active seat belts also detect how firmly they need to be applied during emergency braking.
The XF also has understeer control logic, which is designed to help slow the car and restore grip to the front wheels if the driver understeers.
ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING
When specified on the XF, the Adaptive Front Lighting enhances night-time driving. Sensors react to the car's speed and steering input to deflect the headlamp beams casting light deeper and wider to help give added confidence at night.
BLIND SPOT MONITOR
The optional Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to take much of the uncertainty out of changing lanes. An amber warning icon appears in the external mirror when the system detects vehicles that can't be seen either directly or in one of the mirrors.
The body structure of the XF uses 25 different grades of steel. Boron, an element 900 per cent stronger than regular mild steel, is used to create a vertical ring of safety around the occupants.
AIRBAG AND SAFE SEATING
The XF features two-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as side and curtain airbags to protect all occupants. Two-stage airbags reduce the risk of injury from the airbags themselves. They sense the severity and direction of a collision and deploy appropriately; inflating fully for severe collisions but less so for more moderate impacts. The side airbags are designed to protect the thorax, deploying only in the event of a side impact and then, only on the side of the impact. The sensing systems ensure that all airbags will only deploy if the seats are occupied. In addition, seatbelts feature 'soft landing' technology to soften the contact with the airbag, and an anti-whiplash system is designed to move the head restraints forward if there is an accident.
SAFER, MORE PRECISE PARKING
Ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper are designed to detect objects up to 1.8m away and provide the driver with an audible warning. At the same time, graphics on the touch-screen represent where the object is in relation to the car.
The XF also offers the option of combining a front parking aid - designed to alert the driver to objects ahead of the car - and a rear camera parking aid, which displays video from a rear-facing digital camera on the touch-screen.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)
The system will provide the driver with an alert message if the pressure in any of the tires goes down.
Door locks on the XF are controlled remotely from the Jaguar Smart Key System™ with Keyless start and Keyless entry. Each door can also be locked or double-locked with a button on the handle. In addition, the doors will lock automatically when the car reaches a pre-set speed chosen by the driver. The XF is also protected by an alarm and engine immobilizer.