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Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
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  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio
  • Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio

Summary

For a while I felt that Jaguar had lost its way, and was nearly convinced that it would never find its way back. Cars like the S Type did nothing to help Jaguar's cause in the modern era, while the X Type only managed to erode the company's high quality image, that used to be synonymous with the brand. Put plainly, a few years ago I was all but convinced that Jaguar had been well and truly slain by ever impressive German, and even Japanese competition. Thankfully I was wrong, very wrong in fact. Because right now, in 2009, Jaguar has got just about everything right.

If you read my preview of the new Jaguar XJ, you'll know that it looks like the most desirable executive luxury saloon of the moment, while the latest iteration of the XK line is equally appealing - in fact I'll be looking at an XKR in the near future. But today it's the Jaguar XF that I'll be casting my eye over, and it couldn't be more different to the S Type that it replaced.

The Jaguar XF looks superb, and most importantly, infinitely more modern than the S Type. However, the really impressive achievement is that somehow the XF hasn't lost any of the traditional Jaguar style - put simply, the designers haven't simply looked at what Audi and BMW have been doing and tried to copy it, instead they created something fresh, and dare I say, brave. OK, so the design of the XF isn't as great a shock to the system as the new XJ, but when it launched it still caused something of a splash.

The inside of the XF is just as well designed as the exterior - the centre console, dash and inlays are all beautifully finished. And as is always the case with Jaguar, it's all customisable in terms of both colour and material. When the sun goes down, things just get better, with the XF bathed in blue light emanating from the dash and centre console.

The XF comes with many engine options, including a 500bhp supercharged monster in the XFR, but the twin turbo 3.0L diesel lump in this test car will most likely be the most popular option. Pumping out an impressive 275bhp, this engine hurls the XF from zero to 60mph in 5.9-seconds, which puts it in Ford Focus RS performance territory. But it's the 443lb/ft of torque that makes the XF incredibly quick for such a big saloon car. I'm used to driving fast cars, but the XF never ceased to surprise me when I put my foot down.

As always though, it's the technology inside a car that's most important here at TrustedReviews, and I'm glad to say that Jaguar has endowed this XF with some truly impressive tech…

Wedge

October 1, 2009, 9:06 pm

I didn't like them at first but soon realised they have adopted BMW's trick of making the car look totally naff without the optional big alloys. Fitted with 18" or above and preferably in metallic grey it looks the business and in no way a copycat design of anything German. Between this and the XK I think Jaguar have the best looking premium cars on sale today.





The Bowers & Wilkins speaker system looks interesting. Is it better than the Mark Levinson system fitted to the Lexus GS? As tacky a design as the GS is, it's a lovely place to sit in no small part due to the audio system.





The only thing I don't like about the Jag is the colour of the dials. I will forever have an aversion to green illumination which I guess started with my first car, a Ford Fiesta. I have found even in my Dad's Volvo XC90 that the green dials make my eyes feel strained after a while at night. My ideal is the clear but unobtrusive pinky-red in modern BMWs which I find lovely and relaxing while always clear to read.





Overall though the XF manages to be desirable to both my head and heart, something rare in this sector.

speedyg2012

October 1, 2009, 10:46 pm

Diesel is the fuel of Satan.





That makes this jaguar is unhealthy spawn i guess...

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