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Our Fleet Test Drive: Jaguar XF - 5th Report

Date: 10 February 2010   |   Author:

On the beach
Category: Executive
P11D price: £43,970
Key rival: BMW 5-series

The whole point of running a long-term test car is to learn things about the ownership experience that you might not from spending a few days with a vehicle. And these can be good or bad.

In the main, every day spent with the XF has made me love it more. But there are a couple of little issues worth mentioning. The first is only a problem if you have children. Two members of the BusinessCar team came and moaned at me for the difficulty they had in fitting Isofix child seats. I don't have kids, so really didn't care, but they said they needed three hands to easily get the seats in, and it was the most tricky system they'd come across in any car.

The other issue was the diesel particulate filter warning light coming on. Normally it occurs when cars have spent a long time in urban driving and the DPF has become clogged, but in this case the Jag hadn't travelled many miles in the city, so it was a surprise. A motorway blast cleared it and the problem never resurfaced.

As far as issues go, that's about it - with the exception of an issue with my local dealer that I'll go into more detail on in a fortnight's time.

Jaguar XF 3.0 D Sport Portfolio
Claimed combined
Our average consumption32.4mpg
P11D price£45,245
Model price range£29,990-£62,055
CO2 (tax) 179g/km/26%
BIK 20/40% per month£196/£392
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
upto its promise daily
PositiveLooks, interior,
engine, drive
NegativeFuel economy,
slight RV fall