Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio - Comfort

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

When it comes to comfort Jaguar has the XF pretty well kitted out. The full leather interior has a quality feel to it, and although the seats don't have quite enough lateral support for enthusiastic drivers, they do have full electrical adjustment, as well as being heated - ideal for those cold winter mornings. There's also a memory function for the seats, so if more than one driver uses the car they can automatically select their own seat settings.

As if the heated seats weren't enough, the XF also came with a heated steering wheel, just in case you don't want your delicate paws to get cold when you're driving. You also get dual zone climate control, so you can turn the driver's seat into a tropical paradise while your passenger enjoys a winter wonderland.

There's a plethora of controls on the steering wheel in the form of both buttons and dials, allowing you to control pretty much every operation without having to take your hands off the wheel. Behind the wheel you'll find paddle shifters in case you want to take control of the gear changes. And talking of gear changes, the aluminium rotary dial that Jaguar has implemented for gear select is truly a thing of beauty.

If you want to explore the ability of the XF's chassis, you can switch to the Dynamic setting, which allegedly firms up the ride, thus reducing body roll when cornering. I drove with the car in Dynamic most of the time, but that's just me.

Unsurprisingly pretty much everything is automatic - auto lights, auto wipers and automatically dimming mirrors. The wing mirrors also fold electronically, which should save them from being knocked off by a passing bus if you leave the car parked on a busy road. And of course a mechanical handbrake would be far to passé in a car like this, so Jaguar has equipped it with an electronic parking brake.

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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