A year on the ex­ec­u­tive ex­press

Lux­u­ri­ate in Gover’s top 2012 pres­tige picks

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - PAUL GOVER

men­tion the all-elec­tric Smart car built by Benz and the Ac­tive E from BMW that runs on the me­chan­i­cal package for the coming i3 city car.

It’s been a lot to sam­ple and a lot to di­gest, es­pe­cially putting it into con­text and bring­ing it back to the Cars­guide mantra — real cars, on real roads, for real peo­ple — when the pric­etags are out of the reach of most or­di­nary Aus­tralians.

But there are peo­ple who can af­ford th­ese cars and a lot more who like to read about them.

Here are my five (plus one) favourites from 2012. A new 911 doesn’t come along ev­ery day, or even ev­ery decade, which makes the new car a land­mark. But it’s the way it drives and features such as the ex­tra cabin space and kid­car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity that make it mem­o­rable. The 911 has al­ways been a ter­rific driver’s car but this one also makes a com­mend­able com­muter. The trickle-down of the new 911 tech­nol­ogy has al­ready hit the Boxster and the coming Cay­man coupe, the lat­ter a rel­a­tive bargain with so much 911 stuff for a lot less money. Yes, the new Porsches are ex­pen­sive but there are times when it’s worth it. A Jaguar for $68,000? That’s pretty good. The now An­gloIn­dian brand has sharp­ened its prices this year but it’s the ad­di­tion of a four-cylin­der petrol en­gine — shared with the Eco­Boost Fal­con — that makes the lat­est package in the XF so at­trac­tive. The turbo en­gine has more than enough go for the job and, on a drive day in Bri­tain, I even found it ticks the boxes in Jaguar’s flag­ship XJ limou­sine.

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