Our Fleet Test Drive: Jaguar XF - 3rd Report
17 December 2009
|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|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||31.5mpg|
|Model price range||£32,900-£49,900|
|CO2 (tax) ||179g/km/26%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£191/£381|
|Boot space (min/max)||500/963 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To see if XF can live up to |
its promise on a daily basis
|Positive||Looks, interior, engine, drive|
|Negative||Early economy versus |