Big cat has caused a stir with one of its best yet
Auto Express’s reigning Car of the Year is a British-built, British-designed masterpiece. Not only is the XF the finest executive saloon on the market, it’s also arguably one of the best four-doors Jaguar has ever made. As a member of our long-term fleet, the car in our pictures has had several thousand miles to prove itself. And it mixes the firm’s sporting heritage with modern efficiency and style.
Two imminent new V6 diesel engines will deliver strong pace and economy, while petrol buyers still get a characterful V8. A new high-performance flagship is on the horizon, too: the 503bhp supercharged XFR will tackle the BMW M5 with 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds.
But every XF is good to drive. Even the cheapest variants offer a fine balance between long-distance cruising comfort and agility.
The cabin enhances the sporty feel. Rather than try to create the class’s most spacious interior, Jaguar has served up a cosseting, cosy environment. Neat touches such as the air vents and gear selector that glide into view as you start the engine give a luxurious feel.
The XF is practical, too. Adults can sit comfortably in the rear, while the 540-litre boot is more than adequate. Here is a class-leading executive model that’s here to stay.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe fly the flag with eight of the finest new cars money can buy – all of which are assembled in factories on these shores!
- 2MINIRetro model is triumph of style and driving fun
- 3Aston Martin VantageV8 stunner is one of the world’s best supercars
- 4Honda CivicUK-built hatch leads the way in family class
- 5Land Rover Freelander IILand Rover continues to set SUV benchmark
- 6Jaguar XF - currently readingBig cat has caused a stir with one of its best yet
- 7Nissan QashqaiUnconventional family hatch is a surprise hit
- 8Lotus EliseNorfolk-built flier still at the top of its game
- 9Toyota AvensisDependable is family estate’s middle name
- 10Facts and figures