Most Impressed with the diesel 2.7SE. I will probably buy one in preference to my current Honda 2.2 Diesel for the added grunt and refinement.
Initial impressions are what an incredible job Jag have done at containing all the problems associated with big horse power, wide and low tyres, firm suspension within an overall envelope of smoothness.
You can sense the beast within, but it's firmly under control - although to be contrary, I would like more noise from the engine other than the superblender whine of the charger.
Living with it is easy. Fuel consumption is OK at around 21.5mpg, but it is very funny as it seems to use less fuel at 80 than at 40. Some say the car is a bit snug, but I like that and it's lack of bulk is a blessing on narrow country roads and when parking.
Some silly things irritate - it's actually quite hard to get out of becuase of the sports seats and when you get in your feet seem to get caught under the pedals or the bottom of the dash.
The interior is nicely put together and although it is not "modern" like an Audi, it is much easier on the eye than the current 5-series. The outside is better resolved in Mk3 guise, but is still a bit oddball.
Overall it's as good as any of the Germans with a lot more character.
This was an expensive car but has not disappointed. The car was purchased new in Nov 2002 and has now (Jan 2005) done 26,000. I have the satellite-navigation with touch screen and post code feature.
The replacement DVD’s are extortionately expensive but the system works well. I have been very impressed with the fuel consumption which on short journeys is circa 24-26 mpg but on long distance motorway trips I return 32-33mpg. A journey from UK to Barcelona and back returned 32mpg.
This should not be surprising as the car revs at about 1780 rpm at 70 mph! The car is still on its first set of tyres and should do 30,000. Servicing is expensive but not unexpected. The performance is outstanding!
The acceleration is exhilarating: From traffic lights it pulls rapidly to 50mph though at times the traction control has difficulty in dealing with greasy roads. From 50mph the car thrusts its 300bhp into producing lightening acceleration to 70mph and beyond!
Considering that my previous cars have been a Mercedes S Class 320 and a Porsche Boxter you may be surprised to hear that it’s the best of all. I love it.
This is one of the best Jaguars I have ever owned.
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