Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF
The new Jaguar XF means business, but is it the best large executive car, or would you be better off with an Audi A7 Sportback or BMW 5 Series?...
The 8.0in screen (pictured) is part of the £2345 Technology Pack, which most buyers add, an is an upgrade from the standard 6.5in screen. It's clear, well placed, and can retract into the dashboard, while the interface is mostly easy to use, with the help of shortcut buttons. The Technology Pack also adds voice control, a DVD player, online functions including Google Maps and WiFi, and a head-up display that projects your speed and sat-nav instructions onto the windscreen.
We've long rated BMW's iDrive system as the most user-friendly of its kind. As with all these cars, the 5 Series has sat-nav, a DAB radio, a USB socket, and Bluetooth handsfree with audio streaming. The 10.5in screen shown here is part of the £1290 Professional Media system, which adds a 20GB hard drive and voice control. It remains really intuitive, so it's easy to find even the most obscure system settings.
You don't need to add any optional items to the XF's infotainment system. The 8.0in touchscreen, USB input, voice control, online functions including WiFi, and excellent, powerful Meridian sound system (the best standard audio set-up here) makes for a comprehensive tally. It's just a shame the touchscreen can be a little slow to respond and that some of the settings and functions are tricky to find.