What alternatives should I consider to a used Jaguar XF saloon?
The XF is aimed squarely at the BMW 5 Series. That isn’t quite as fun to drive, but it’s still far from cumbersome in corners and offers more interior space. If you go for the 520d model, you also get a 2.0-litre diesel engine that’s stronger, smoother and more efficient than the 2.2-litre diesel of the XF.
Alternatively, if comfort is your top priority, you should consider the Mercedes E-Class. It glides over bumps like a magic carpet - as long as you avoid models with the optional sports suspension, that is - and like the 5-Series, it’s more spacious than the XF. The biggest problem with the E-Class is its four-cylinder diesel engine, because it’s noisy and sends a lot of vibration into the car.
The final member of the German big three is the Audi A6. It can’t match the handling of the XF or 5 Series, or the ride comfort of the E-Class, but it counters those shortcomings with the classiest interior of the lot.