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Our Fleet Test Drive: Jaguar XF - 3rd Report

Date: 17 December 2009   |   Author:

Jag dials
Category: Executive
P11D price: £43,970
Key rival: BMW 5-series

As much as I love the XF's looks and the way it drives, it's the cabin where Jag has really proven itself.

The XF interior is the best in a fabulously competitive market, and although ours is a top-spec Portfolio version, even the entry Luxury trim gets the lovely interior blue halo illumination that runs around the dashboard and cabin switches. All XFs are spectacularly well-equipped, too, with Jaguar loading the car with kit to attract drivers who will then not have to add anything to their P11D tax figure.

To be honest, had we had a free hand to spec our car we'd have probably picked the Premium Luxury trim. That would have saved £4000, but then we would have missed out on the digital radio, metallic paint, gorgeous suede roof lining and ventilated seats. But there are so many toys attached to the middle trim level, including memory heated leather seats and the premium sound system, that you really wouldn't feel hard done by. Even the entry cars, another £3600 cheaper at £36,900 in this 275PS diesel S form, get touch-screen satnav, six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, keyless start, cruise and rear parking sensors.

The touch-screen system is generally excellent in terms of ease of use, but it's not perfect, as I'll elaborate on in the next report.

Jaguar XF 3.0 D Sport Portfolio
Mileage11,186
Claimed combined
consumption
42.0mpg
Our average consumption31.5mpg
P11D price£43,970
Model price range£32,900-£49,900
CO2 (tax) 179g/km/26%
BIK 20/40% per month£191/£381
Service interval16,000mls
Insurancegroup 18
Warranty3yrs/Unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max)500/963 litres
Engine size/power2993cc/275PS
Top speed/0-62mph155mph/6.4secs
Why we’re running itTo see if XF can live up to
its promise on a daily basis
PositiveLooks, interior, engine, drive
NegativeEarly economy versus
claimed figures



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