Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel Sport Portfolio - Safety & Security

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

As you'd expect from a luxury saloon, you won't need to take the key out of your pocket when you want to get in the car. The XF has keyless entry and start, while the car can be locked by touching a button on the door handle as you leave. The key fob can still remotely lock and unlock the car, while arming the alarm, but believe me, once you get used to leaving your key in your pocket, you won't want to go back.

You also get a plethora of airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a whiplash reduction system for the front seats, which will all help keep occupants safe in the event of an accident. And for any little passengers, there are Isofix mounting points in the rear for securing child seats.

Another neat touch is the blind spot indicators in the wing mirrors - a glowing yellow warning illuminates in each mirror when there's a car coming up alongside you. With traffic moving fast in the outside lane of the motorway, this type of system will give drivers that extra peace of mind when moving across.

With a large car like the XF, many drivers may find parking a challenge. Jaguar has attempted to allay this fear by fitting parking sensors at both the front and rear of the car. You also get a visual representation on the main screen of how close you are to obstacles at the front, as well as a reversing camera at the rear. If you hit something while parking an XF, you really have no one to blame but yourself!

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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