This is a review from a test drive only, so I accept those that own an XF will have a more informed opinion than me.
I have to agree with a lot of what Gary Wynn said. I thought this was going to be my dream car, having seen them on the road and read all the reviews. The car itself (2.7D) was not what I thought it would be. There seemed a very long lag before the speed kicked in after accelerating. Perhaps it was just a "Friday afternoon" car I drove. The interior certainly did not sell it to me; it felt cramped and things like the glove box opening mechanism were gimmicky (and needless to say didn't work the first time it was tried).
Disappointingly, the experience at the dealership was terrible. I know it has been a successful car but it seemed the salesmen couldn't be bothered to make the effort (and that was before I became lukewarm about the car).
So I drove to a BMW dealer and got a car that was responsive and where the buying experience was ten times better than at the Jaguar dealership. I have never owned a BMW before and never thought I would!
3 months and 4500 miles done in the XF 2.7 diesel and I still smile every morning when I get in. What more can I say? Quality, comfort, pace and looks that may divide opinion but I am having fun. Would never buy a BMW (just dont like them - and before the BMW fan club inundates the site with amazed and aggrieved BMW owner e mails remember it is a free country. I just dont like em)but have driven Mercs this Jag trounces them. I have never owned a car that so many people have wanted to talk to me about. Clearly I am just an attention seeker. Note to BMW owner. You must be tempted or why read this review. Go on admit it! Only niggle the handbook is written in Martian.
Great car shame about Jaguar's service - taken a long time for them to sort out a few niggles & some of my extras still haven't arrived! I love the car but feel a bit let down. Marshalls Peterborough get 10 out of 10 for service, I can't fault them - it's just that Jaguar aren't backing them up.
I've decided to 'shop around' and have so far tried a number of quality cars. I don't want to reveal my present make/model as I feel this may suggest to some a degree of bias. Lets be honest, everyone wants to believe they've bought the car of their dreams, especially when a large sum of money is involved. I am not a car 'enthusiast' (I'm not a Top Gear viewer!) and only use my car in connection with my company business travelling up and down the country and as a taxi for my 16 year old daughter! I did read with interest the owner reviews published here of the Jaguar XF and, fully aware that this is the 'What Car' Car of the Year, looked forward to my driving experience with eager anticipation. Having spent an hour driving the 2.7D Premium Luxury version around a variety of roads I find myself asking just what is all the fuss about? I have to say that I found it less responsive and less refined than a BMW 630i Sport Coupe I had driven the same day. If you like gimics and gadgets then this Jaguar is certainly the car for you. If, however, you like your car a little more discerning and understated then you may feel your time maybe better spent at other dealers. By all means give the Jaguar a try but keep an open mind, be objective and don't be influenced by the comments in the reviews contained within this website. Follow your instincts, even sometimes if that means ignoring economy figures and residuals. You only live once! Happy and safe motoring in whatever car you choose.
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