Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel TSE driven full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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Wonderful car, the Jaguar XF. So why you see more of them? Simple. In 80 per cent of all BMW 5-Series, Benz and Audi A6 sales are four-cylinder And 50 per cent are estates.

With a V6 diesel and a V8 petrol, the XF is aiming at 20 per cent of the goalmouth. Having a saloon, it’s confined to 50 per of that 20 per cent. That’s 10 per Yes, Jaguar is turning its on nine tenths of the market.

D’oh!

This is the trouble being a relatively small There’s little spare to invest in expensive new engines and styles. But if you can’t invest, you get the sales.

So, er, you remain a small The circle is implacably vicious.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Tata, is taking the long and at the moment is over-investing in search of growth. JLR has spent big money the Freelander engine into far more refined and powerful, enough for a Range Rover the Evoque – and a Jaguar. And an even more costly job you’d think, since the Jag its own layout as it’s mounted in the car.

So at last the XF’s sales be unshackled in Britain and the rest of This four-pot diesel help. And yes, a rather estate is coming too, not for over a year.

Frustratingly even the diesel is just a prototype; you can order it but deliveries don’t start September.

The engine isn’t the new thing; the transmission is an eight-speed ZF, as by BMW. Land Rover and are gradually adopting it on all their vehicles. This Jag also has a system, with a clever motor that can kick it to life instantly, even if you to restart while the crank is slowing down to a stop a not-infrequent event that other stop/starts haywire.

On the road, the XF has mucho whoosh a nice wide torque and plenty of refinement nearly all the Sometimes you notice the ‘box has set for obsessive economy – get behind a truck at a steady and it goes for seventh, leaving the grumbling agriculturally at about But you always over-ride with the

On a motorway, it’s just a hum. And as the engine is a bag of cement than the V6, it’s even in sharp corners.

As to the numbers, if you auto with auto gives no manual option), the BMW is still a sliver more and speedy. But not so’s you’d If you like the XF, there’s now no rational to buy a rival saloon.

We like . feels like a Jaguar

Jaguar XF

We don’t like . Can’t we an estate now?

The  verdict . For a car it needed years ago; for the of us, a pain-free economic policy

. 0-62mph in 8.5secs, max 140mph,

Tech . 2179cc, 4cyl, 190bhp, 332lb ft, 1760kg, CO2

Tick this on the options . Growler wheel nuts, TBA

And avoid this . Intelligent Beam, £200

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