Scrap­page scheme

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Vaux­hall is mak­ing its range of cars even more affordable with the re­turn of its pop­u­lar Scrap­page Al­lowance Scheme.

The pro­gramme of­fers cus­tomers £2,000 in­clud­ing VAT to­wards a new Vaux­hall when they trade in their old car for scrap­page.

Cus­tomers can com­bine the scrap­page al­lowance with one of Vaux­hall’s fi­nance of­fers in­clud­ing Per­sonal Con­tract Pay­ment plans and with fi­nance de­posit con­tri­bu­tions, where ap­pli­ca­ble.

The scrap­page pro­gramme is avail­able for a lim­ited time while stocks last, and is el­i­gi­ble on se­lected new mod­els or­dered and reg­is­tered be­fore June 30.

It al­lows cus­tomers to turn in their old ve­hi­cle and get £2,000 to­wards the cost of a new model from a line-up com­pris­ing ADAM, Corsa, Meriva, As­tra and Mokka X mod­els.

As part of the scheme, ve­hi­cles must be traded in to be scrapped in or­der to be el­i­gi­ble for the al­lowance.

Jaguar’s range of cars has never been bet­ter and the com­pany’s global sales are boom­ing.

The baby XE has been a big hit, the stun­ning F-type road­sters and coupes can com­pete with the best and the F-Pace SUV has the com­pany’s plants work­ing flat out to meet the de­mand.

Mean­while the XF ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon which helped trans­form the firm’s for­tunes had a ma­jor makeover to make sure it is able to com­pete with the best from Ger­man ri­vals Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

The cur­rent model made its de­but in New York and it was clear from the start that it had taken some of its styling cues from the smaller XE - mak­ing it look sharper and edgier.

The over­all re­sult was a re­fine­ment of the orig­i­nal XF with more space and eas­ier ac­cess for pas­sen­gers as well as ex­tra room for lug­gage and vastly in­creased tech­nol­ogy.

Its light­weight alu­minium con­struc­tion and a range of im­proved or new ef­fi­cient en­gines helped to keep run­ning costs low for pri­vate and com­pany car users mak­ing it a very de­sir­able ex­ec­u­tive all-rounder.

I have been sam­pling the 3.0-litre TDV6 S model which punches out al­most 300bhp.

The silky smooth V6 diesel is good for 155mph and tack­les the sprint to 60mph in just 5.8 sec­onds.

Thanks to its eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box the power de­liv­ery is seam­less and the claimed com­bined fuel fig­ure is 51.4mpg.

You can ex­pect to get less in real driv­ing con­di­tions but I still av­er­aged over 45mpg su­perb for a car of this size and per­for­mance.

Mo­tor­way jour­neys are ef­fort­less and the ride qual­ity is ex­cel­lent and if you want more driver in­volve­ment you can opt to use the stan­dard steer­ing wheel-mounted shift pad­dles.

The S model gets Jaguar’s Adap­tive Dy­nam­ics ad­justable sus­pen­sion as stan­dard and as a re­sult you can tweak the car’s damp­ing through the var­i­ous driv­ing modes.

In the Dy­namic set­ting the car feels tauter and sharper and re­sponds quicker to di­rec­tion changes, while in Com­fort the ride is ex­cel­lent even on the large wheels and the dampers eas­ily deal with most bumps and road im­per­fec­tions.

As you would ex­pect from a car with a base price of £49,995 the TDV6 S is se­ri­ously well specced and of­fers all the toys and equip­ment you could want in its classy and stylish in­te­rior.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes the S bodykit, al­loys, leather clad elec­tri­cally ad­justable front sports seats, a touch-screen, leather seats, DAB ra­dio, Meridian sound sys­tem, sat­nav, ana­logue di­als with a full colour TFTLCD dis­play, Blue­tooth for tele­phone and stream­ing and other fea­tures too nu­mer­ous to men­tion.

In ad­di­tion you get all the lat­est safety fea­tures in­clud­ing umpteen airbags, hill start as­sist, park­ing aids, pedes­trian con­tact sens­ing, emer­gency brake as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

If you want even more you can delve into the op­tions list which can eas­ily add an­other few thou­sand pounds to your fi­nal bill.

With its su­perb blend of per­for­mance, style and sheer driv­ing plea­sure it is no sur­prise that the XF is one of the best sa­loons in the busi­ness and as far as I am con­cerned more than a match for any of its ri­vals.

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