I test drove this car recently to see just how good the diesel engine really is. I expected it to be very refined, but it was more than that. From the interior of the vehicle, it is virtually - no, completely - impossible to tell that you are driving a car with a diesel engine. As you accelerate there is not even a hint of diesel clatter - just a muted multi-cylindrical hum that lets you know you're gathering speed - gathering speed quite rapidly, as it happens. I drove the long-wheelbase model and expected the car to feel like the limousine that it is - not a bit! The whole car seems to shrink around you, and the smooth gearbox, communicative steering, and excellent driving position only heighten the enjoyment. As would be expected of a Jaguar, the ride quality is excellent and the handling fabulous - it relishes twisty roads. The cabin, is, of course, a fabulous place to be. The wood and leather ambience of the saloon is a classic Jaguar characteristic, and I adored it. The spacious rear compartment was equipped with TVs, lambswool rugs, an electric sunblind, heated electric rear seats, and burr walnut picnic tables (not as nice as the ones on my old-shape Daimler, as they are only wood faced, the working surface being plastic), all of which added up to make it a truly opulent place to be. The SatNav was very easy to use indeed - far more intuitive than the offerings from BMW and Mercedes, and I found everything very clearly laid out.
Christopher Larkin, Hertfordshire, June 29th 2007