Our cars: Jaguar XF - April 2012
Week ending April 27
Driven this week: 900 miles
Jaguar XF review
The XF had an unplanned encounter with some wildlife this week. You can picture the scene: I was 'making progress' up a B-road near my home, when all of a sudden a pheasant dashed out from the undergrowth ahead.
The enormity of its error was immediately (and unavoidably) obvious. It ducked, it dived. It zigged. I zagged. No amount of braking and downshifting could prevent the inevitable. Whump. Feathers. Guilt.
I pulled over, expecting to find shards of broken plastic where the lower grilles used to be, but they build Jags tough these days. All was intact, albeit swathed in a layer of feathers. Relief.
Jaguar 1, pheasant 0.
Euan's Jaguar XF on video
Week ending April 20
Driven this week: 280 miles
Jaguar XF review
I borrowed the XF for a wedding last weekend, and noticed something I’d never spotted before. The interior light is motion sensitive; you simply brush your fingers close to the plastic lens and the light switches on and off. Clever, eh?
It’s a relatively trivial feature, I grant you, but along with the rotary gear selector and rotating air vents, it brings a welcome sparkle to the Jag’s otherwise low-rent cabin. I wish some of the German manufacturers were as original when it comes to interior design.
Week ending April 13
Driven this week 300 miles
I’ve got an Iphone, which connects to the Jag’s Bluetooth system for making and receiving calls, and which I also plug in to the iPod connector so I can browse my playlists using the central screen.
However, just lately the system will allow my phone to play music for a couple of minutes then cut out completely. Odd.
It’s just as well that I can play music through the Bluetooth system. I can even swap tracks using the steering-wheel-mounted ‘wheel’.
Still, I’ll investigate the system more thoroughly to make sure there’s no pilot error occurring before I book it in for someone more qualified to investigate.
Jaguar XF 2.2D Luxury
Week ending April 6
Driven this week 400 miles
As reported last week, the Jag has just had its first service, and the difference in the car is remarkable. It has that post-fettle feeling that every single nut and screw has been given a half turn to tighten everything up. The ride feels taut but supple, the slight brake judder has lessened and the engine is smoother and quieter.
Talking of smoother, the stop-start system is also performing better than ever. Whereas before the service it would start quickly but snatch at the transmission in its desire to get the car rolling, now it fires up the engine and engages drive completely smoothly. I asked Guy Salmon Oxford, who carried out the service, if any software upgrades had been done to smooth out the system, but apparently none had. The improved feeling is well worth the £230 charged.
The visual health check noted that the car is in tip-top nick, with slight scarring on the nearside front brake disc the only blemish. Roll on the next 16,000 miles!