In some ways, the arrival of Jaguar’s new XF has been overshadowed by its young upstart of a little brother, with the XE being a brand new model entering a bigger volume segment.

But if that is the case it would be a shame because the XF is a much more impressive car that, without wishing to spoil the surprise unfolding over the rest of this review, is much nearer class-leading status than its smaller sibling.

Using the same new Ingenium diesel engines as the XE, the entry XF driven here is powered by a 163hp 2.0-litre unit developed by JLR and built at a new factory in Wolverhampton. It moves the XF up with the class best for efficiency among automatic transmissions, coming in at 109g/km – the same as Audi’s A6 Ultra and the Lexus GS300 hybrid, and 1g/km better than BMW’s 518d, although the 520d is at 109g/km. The Mercedes E220 CDI is at 114g/km.

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