I'm not the biggest fan of luxury saloon cars, but I have to admit that I can't help but like the Jaguar XF. Not only does it look great, but it's also beautifully put together and a genuine joy to drive. The twin turbo diesel engine in this test car is incredibly capable and will no doubt shock many buyers when they put their foot down.
But it's the way that Jaguar has melded its traditional values with a modern design and execution that makes the XF a success. Whereas it felt like Jag was trying to recreate former glories with the S Type, the XF feels like a car for this millennium, and one that can truly take the battle to the competition.
And to prove that the XF's contemporary design isn't just skin deep, pretty much all the technology within the car is as cutting edge as I've seen. The Bowers & Wilkins sound system is truly staggering, the satellite navigation system is as close to perfect as I've seen, and even though the communications system isn't quite up to the same high standard, it's still better than much that I've seen elsewhere.
It really does appear that Jaguar is no longer trying to catch up with the German competition, it has actually taken the lead. I'll be looking at the Jaguar XKR next month, and if this XF is anything to go by, I'm in for a real treat.