Our cars: Jaguar XF - November

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Jaguar XF 2.2D Luxury

Week ending November 25
Mileage 1500
Driven this week 1200

We’re going through a fairly busy period here on What Car? which entails early-morning starts and late-night finishes. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn't want to be doing anything else, and after a long day I wouldn’t want to drive anything apart from my XF. It is simply superb when you’re knackered and just want to get home.

The blend of motorway ride and back-road agility is superb, and the refinement is great. The fuel economy is improving all the time as the engine loosens up – it’s averaging 42mpg now, which isn’t bad.

Week ending November 18
Driven this week 300 miles

Already a couple of the Jag’s (optional) features are making themselves felt. Winter is no longer around the corner, it’s walking up the garden path, and the temperature has dropped accordingly, so the presence of the Jag’s £570 Winter Pack is brilliant.

The first frost of the season was dealt with swiftly by the heated windscreen, and the heated driver’s seat had me comfortable in seconds. The seat-heaters are certainly powerful; in many cars you can keep yourself on a gentle simmer on the lowest setting, but not in the Jag – it’s positively baking. The next few months hold no chilly fears for me.

Week ending November 11
Driven this week: 190 miles

I took delivery of my new Jaguar XF 2.2D yesterday, and so far have done precisely one commute home and back in it. Early impressions are almost all positive.

The XF steers and rides just the way I want it to, the eight-speed gearbox is slick and the cabin looks beautiful. If I’m being hyper-critical, I might say there’s a mite too much engine and road noise, but there’s no wind noise to speak of and the audio system drowns most noise out.

The next 12 months are looking very happy indeed.

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