Trimming power output eases price of XF 2.2 to below £30,000
THIS new 161.7bhp version of the rather beautiful XF 2.2litre diesel engine, is joining the 187bhp model – one recently crossed the United States averaging 62.9 mpg.
The weaker 2.2 model now brings a starting point just below £30,000 for the XF – at £29,950. Data includes 0-62 mph in 9.8 seconds, 130 mph maximum, 52.3 mpg in the official fuel test combined cycle, and 149g/km of CO2.
Standard equipment includes suedette and leather seats, a touch screen centrally mounted display, electronic climate control and an eightspeed automatic gearbox with stop-start ignition. First deliveries are expected in March. Prices for other XF models begin at £30,950 for the 187bhp 2.2 diesel, which has identical mpg and CO2 ratings. The 3-litre diesel prices are from £36,950.
A reader with an XF is surprised to be facing a bill for £300 to replace the plastic mesh on the audio speaker in the door of his XF. The price does not include fitting.
SCENIC found a new market for Renault as a mid-sized MPV, later extending to a longer, seven-seat model. Here is the new version, with some styling updates, LED daytime front lights, rear parking sensors, alloys, auto lights and wipers, Bluetooth, cruise control and Tomtom “live” sat nav in the single Dynamique Tomtom trim level. Prices open at £18,325 for the 110bhp 1.6 petrol model which records 38.2mpg and 174g/km CO2. The diesel offering opens at £19,825 for the 110bhp model, quoted at 57.6mpg and 128g/km CO2. Pay an additional £400 for stop and start ignition and the figures improve to 68.9mpg and 105g/km. Grand Scénic models are an additional £1,400.
GLASS’S has picked the Top Ten cars making an impact this year. They are the Vauxhall Ampera, Toyota GT 86, Citroën DS5, Mazda CX-5, VW up!, BMW 3, Hyundai i30, Mini Roadster, Peugeot 208 and Audi A1 Sportback. Forecasting Editor for Cars, Andy Cutler, says of the Ampera, which has an auxiliary petrol engine and a range of 360 miles: “We think it’s the first electric vehicle that actually makes sense.” And: “We’re rather excited about the new Toyota GT 86. It has been quite a long time since Toyota has produced a real sporty model.”
GOOD LOOKER: Jaguar XF, top, and the new Renault Scenic, above.