XF is the cat’s whiskers
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,