XF is the cat’s whiskers

Bray People - - Motoring -

IT’S easy to trot out the su­perla­tives af­ter spending a very pleas­ant week­end in the de­light­ful com­pany of a Jaguar XF.

De­signed to re­place the now-dated ‘S’ Type, the XF is sporty and lux­u­ri­ous, spa­cious, sleek and ath­letic and pro­vides a great driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, whether you are looking for per­for­mance or com­fort, or both.

The test car, pro­vided was fit­ted with a 2.7 litre diesel en­gine that shows just how good an oil-burner can be - al­most si­lent run­ning with bags of torque and for a car of its type, ex­cel­lent econ­omy.

The XF is avail­able with four en­gine vari­ants - from the 2.7 litre V6 turbo diesel - a 3.0 litre V6 and a 4.2 litre nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated petrol V8 to a su­per­charged 4.2 litre V8 push­ing out a whop­ping 416 hp.

Fit­ted with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with a fast adap­tive shift sys­tem that re­sponds to both road con­di­tions and the way the XF is be­ing driven, the Jag is su­per-smooth and de­liv­ers its power ef­fort­lessly, what­ever de­mands are placed upon it.

The XF has the best aero­dy­namic per­for­mance, in terms of drag, of any Jaguar pro­duc­tion car.

In its lit­er­a­ture, Jaguar says the XF’s drag co­ef­fi­cient is just 0.29 and the front-to-rear lift bal­ance is zero - this re­sults in less wind noise, im­proved fuel con­sump­tion, strong speed sta­bil­ity and ideal han­dling bal­ance.

On the road, the XF is rock-steady and very sure-footed, and de­spite its lux­u­ri­ous feel still man­ages to con­vey its sport­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics.

As I was writ­ing this road test, news came through that the XF has yet again been voted ’Car of the Year’ – its fourth top ti­tle win since be­ing launched in March.

This time the premier award comes cour­tesy of Auto Ex­press in their New Car Hon­ours 2008. What Car? mag­a­zine, What Diesel mag­a­zine and The Sun Motoring also named the XF ’Car of the Year’ while Top Gear mag­a­zine hailed it their ’Limo of the Year’. Other awards in­clude ’In­te­rior of the Year’ from CAR mag­a­zine and the ’De­sign Award’ from Au­to­car mag­a­zine.

And in yet an­other ac­co­lade, Bri­tain’s best motoring web­site for women – eve­cars.com has just named the Jaguar XF ’Best Ex­ec­u­tive Car’ in its 2008 hon­ours list.

What else can I say? This Jag is the cat’s whiskers. XF prices start at ¤67,380.

The stylish XF be­ing put through its paces,

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