Our cars: Jaguar XF - January 2012
Week ending January 27
Driven this week 1725 miles
I finally got a weekend in our Jag XF 2.2 D and used it wisely with a 500 mile round trip to see my folks.
Obviously I was most interested in seeing how it compares to my daily driver: our Mercedes CLS 250CDI Sport. Well as it turns out.
I prefer the Jag’s agility for a start – especially the way it steers. I also think with its light blue metallic paint our XF out-glams even the svelte CLS. The Jag’s four-cylinder diesel is also a mite more refined, which is most noticeable on cold starts.
Where it can’t compete with the Merc is for interior quality. The CLS is a good deal pricier than the XF and it shows when you’re sitting in it and using the controls.
The Merc is also more fuel efficient on long trips such as this. I got exactly 40mpg in the Jag, but the same trip a few days earlier in the Merc returned 45mpg. Interesting comparison, mind you.
Jaguar XF review
Jaguar XF 2.2D Luxury
Week ending January 20
Driven this week 700 miles
The Jag does a great job of making me feel good every time I get into it. The engine-start button pulses red with the car’s heartbeat, the vents open when the car starts, and the gearlever emerges from the centre console. Best of all, though, is the way the electrically adjustable steering wheel moves out of the way to let you out of the car, and then slides back into your perfect driving position once you’re ensconced once more. It’s the simple things such as these that make living with a car a pleasure.
Week ending January 13
Miles this week 500
The Jag is averaging a pretty decent 42.6mpg at the moment, which is equating to around 550 miles between fills. Not bad for a big executive car with an automatic gearbox.
I’m glad there’s quite a long way between fills, because the Jag takes an age to fill at every fuel stop. If I pull the trigger on the pump even a third of the way towards its stop the car is unable to accept the fuel, and so the pump clicks off.
I have to stand there barely pulling the trigger on the pump, which means it can take what seems like almost 10 minutes to fill the tank. Not good on cold, wet winter days such as these.
Week ending January 6
Miles this week 1200
Most of my driving tends to be done on the motorway, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent more time in town and on back-roads.
This different style of motoring has highlighted a slight gripe with the Jag’s automatic gearbox that motorway trips disguise. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly smooth and changes are all-but-unnoticeable. The problem is that it feels programmed with economy uppermost in its thoughts, and can be too reluctant to change down when you need it to.
This is especially noticeable if you approach a junction and want to nip out into a gap; just when you want a lower gear and a bit of extra squirt, the 'box refuses to change down unless you put your foot on the floor. This makes it more tricky to judge gaps than it should be. Perhaps a software tweak could be in order.