Here’s the big thing for the new XF, an updated interior that is now close to class leading. It’s lead by the new PIVI-Pro infotainment system, all 11.4 inches of it now sits proud of the main dash, following the latest Tesla-inspired trend, with a black plastic row of buttons and dials for the climate control below. Whereas some of the proud infotainment systems feel sort of ‘plonked’ a bit awkwardly in place, this one, probably because it is barely a couple of centimetres thick, looks good. And the system it runs is excellent, one of the easiest to use and simplest systems around. Which is good, when everything except the heater controls and wing mirrors runs through it. The materials used in most of the dash are also now of excellent quality, let down slightly by very plastic feeling rotary dials for the climate control, but highlighted by the excellent, metal gear paddles. Sadly the focus on the incredible screen has meant the actual buttons are a bit of a let-down. The whole array of buttons is set on a single piece of plastic, so each prod is a bit of a hit and hope, you’re never entirely sure if you’ve actually hit the button.
The active noise cancellation is also rather clever, highlighted when you open a window and realise that there’s quite a bit of tyre roar from the XF’s big 20-inch wheels. All together it feels like a soothing place to spend a longer journey, and the boot is a sizable 1,695 litres if you drop the seats – not much less than the new F-Pace.