The Jaguar XF's “engaging drive” and “state of the art” technology have prompted the manufacturer to offer 24-hour test drives as motorists “need time to experience it properly”.
The Jaguar XF – which is available in Saloon and Sportbrake (estate) form - is a mid-size executive lifestyle statement. It sits one step below the Jaguar XJ Saloon and above the XE.
Its engaging handling comes, in part, from the Adaptive Damping System that monitors speed, steering and body movement then tweaks the response of the suspension to suit the conditions. A firm set-up enables the car to corner flat at speed, whereas a softer response better suits a straight, pothole ridden, road as it makes the ride more cosseting.
The Adaptive Damping System complements the Variable Rate Power Steering that provides “finer precision at higher speeds” - and the 8-speed gearbox that enables the driver to cruise in auto or select its gears manually via paddles behind the steering wheel.
Engaging engines include the: 2.2-litre 163PS (diesel), the 2.2-litre 200PS (diesel), the 3.0-litre V6 275PS (diesel), the 5.0-litre V8 510PS (petrol) and a 5.0-litre V8 550PS (petrol).
Saloon And Sportbrake State Of The Art Equipment
The Saloon best suits those that want the prestige associated with the body style, such as executives that like to make an impression on their clients. State of the art equipment – some of which is optional or not available with every trim - includes a television, heated steering wheel, hard drive based satellite navigation, and the key-less entry/start system.
Also, the blind spot monitor tells the driver when a following vehicle is hidden from view by one of the rear pillars. Confirmation comes from a light in the relevant exterior mirror.
The Sportbrake has a larger boot and more of an outdoor adventure image. Cargo capacity is 550-litres (to the cover) rising to 1,675 with the rear seats flat. It also has more rear headroom than the Saloon. Some models have an electric tailgate. Options include a cargo retention kit that adds rails to the floor of the boot, a telescopic rod, and strapping.
24 Hour Test Drive Conditions
The motorist must have held a full licence for more than five years, and have no more than six penalty points. The mileage limit is 200, beyond which there is a charge of 10p per-mile plus VAT. Insurance is provided but the driver must pay the excess if the car is damaged.