Had a test drive yesterday (10th Feb). Absolutely stunning car. The V6 Diesel sounds like a V6 Petrol when pushed due to the specially tuned exhaust and sounds fantastic. The interior is a work of art, and you feel genuinley cossetted. Road manners are better than my current '05 plate Audi A4. The XF soaks up bumps and corrugations well, and sticks to the road like jam to a carpet! I selected "sports" mode, and the steering wheel gear paddles worked like a dream. This is a genuinley brilliant car - well done the BRITISH design team!!!
The opportunity to test this car was eagerly awaited and didn't disapoint. Ride and handling were exactly as would be expected from a Jaguar and previous reports had not over stated its capabilities. The cabin is a lovely place to be (although the light wood trim looks no where near as good as the burr walnut finish). Will it depreciate badly? The experts predict not, but only time will tell.
Previous comments on this site that the car looks like a Mondeo leave me somewhat baffled. Lexus possibly, but Mondeo??? May be they should have gone to Specsavers.
Found it quite interesting for Mr Harding's comment regarding the car and my review. I have in fact driving the Jag. I work for Blackhorse finance also drive a 5 series BMW so know a bit about cars. I was just remarking upon how the Jag looked very similar to the Mondeo. It's the age old argument about Ford & Jaguar the same with Bentley & VW. You pay a premium for the badge, even if the mechanics are the same. I'll agree The Jag does drive well, however does feel heavy and will depreciate like a stone. It seems to me; as with music- there seems to be nothing new. It's all gone generic; reorganisation of existing technologies & design. It's about time a car company brought out something as radical and new as Lotus has done years ago with the Elise.
I have to agree, it's so dull to hear 'that looks like a Mondeo/Hyundai/blah blah blah... Do these people actually think it is possible to design ANYTHING without it bearing some resemblance to something else in some way? I remember the time when the Ford Sierra had such a profound effect on car design that by the late eighties/early nineties you simply couldn't tell one family saloon/hatch from another. The current Mondeo, smart as it is, is so utterly generic that it would be fairly difficult to omit all design correlation from a similar sized saloon car anyway.
Personally, I can't wait to see one of these wonderful machines on the road and I'm desperate to know how the ownership issues are going to be resolved. I couldn't care less if some unimaginative dinks think that it looks like a monderavensis
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