Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio - Conclusion

By Riyad Emeran



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.


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.


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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