Jaguar XF | Auto Express

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Jaguar XF


You’ve seen the spy read the news stories and now the most awaited car has finally into our hands and hit the road. We to Phoenix in Arizona to drive it and the most eagerly anticipated of the year.

This new Coventry Cat is not the feline shape we are used to. it uses the old S-Type platform and the from the XK coupe, the XF is a new direction for

Video: watch CarBuyer’s review of the Jaguar XF

Short overhangs, sharp creases and a sporty roof give the saloon a lot of quick-glance appeal, but of the detailing is less attractive. The of the car is good looking, but the front, the gaping grille is not. You to select your body carefully as in silver grey it pretty; darker colours, British Racing Green, are better.

If the exterior is contentious, the interior is Designers have lowered the of the dashboard and reduced the seats’ to create an impression of space and Wood and dotted aluminium-alloy attractively across the facia and there are the toys, like the gear selector, which out of the centre console and the starter which flashes and pulses you climb into the car.

Standard equipment includes control, climate-control, heated and satellite navigation.

Accommodation is up front, with lots of storage space and comfortable and seats. There’s less in the back, although six-footers space between their and the roof and their knees and the seat backs. The 500-litre is enormous and the rear seats 60/40 to allow for long

Safety starts with the steel body frame and are two-stage driver and passenger together with side and bags, anti-whiplash head and belt pretensioners. The XF uses dynamic stability control and the brakes have a new pre-priming which prepares the car for an emergency if you lift off the throttle quickly.

The XF goes on sale on March 1 and the line up will consist of two V8 models with and without a which will occupy them less than per cent of British sales. will be a 3.0-litre V6 available £33,900 and a 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel for

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The top model has the same charismatic, V8 as the XK coupe. With 410bhp and of torque, it makes the 1.9-tonne XF quick. Standing start is only restricted by the grip of the and if you keep your foot the charge only slows well into motorway

Top speed is limited to 155mph and the Jag there terrifyingly quickly, feeling strained or short on From inside the engine is muted, from outside, this top cat roars like just stood on its paw.

The ZF six-speed gearbox blurs the between a manual and an automatic. are sharp, and the steering-wheel paddles with the wheel rim to ease selection. In sports mode the will even rev between down shift.

On a twisting, route, the XF really showed off its chassis. The body control is coping with anything the throws at it, but with a great as well. The steering is not quite as sharp as some German but it’s well weighted and allowing you to easily place the car in

The turn in is sharp and while the eventually slides wide, it is controlled.

On one-inch smaller and tyres, the naturally-aspirated car has a slightly ride and handling balance, bodes well for the forthcoming model.

Rival: BMW 550i M

At this end of the price range buyers prefer the image of a big saloon. The 5-Series is handsome and made, with a hi-tech but the cabin is beginning to show its

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