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Our Fleet Test Drive: Jaguar XF - 4th report

Date: 28 October 2014   |   Author: Tony Rock

It may seem overly critical to find fault in a car that's been a joy to drive and I wouldn't hesitate to own if I were doing a job that offered far greater financial rewards than what I receive for typing these words, but when an exec model arrives from a brand with a luxury line, a part of me, perhaps unfairly, expects perfection.

First up, while the Jaguar XF Sportbrake's blind-spot monitoring system has been great, the yellow warning icons that appear in both side mirrors have occasionally failed to deactivate after, say, a motorbike has passed and is replaced by the railings that divide a dual-carriageway or keep pedestrians apart from the traffic, although I am speculating that it is the railings that are fooling the radar technology into staying on.

Of course, it's better that the system is over-sensitive and works too much rather than under-sensitive and too little.

The other problem I've had is that a piece of exterior trim has become detached and been lost. It surrounds the area of the door handle where the key can be inserted, on the passenger side door, and appears to have just fallen off. While, I can't rule out that it may be due to the actions of a thief, especially for a car as desirable as this one, no other damage is visible, so I presume it's somewhere on the M25.

Mileage 4563
P11D price £36,440
Our average consumption 40.4mpg
Official combined consumption 57.7mpg
Forecast CPM 77.0p

Verdict


  • Good-looking, classy and well-equipped
  • Some of the tech's a little bit glitchy

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