Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: New Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel SE

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel

The new Jaguar XF's trophy cabinet is overflowing with accolades.

The new Jaguar XF's trophy cabinet is overflowing with accolades. In fact, I suspect if its trophies were melted-down there would be enough metal to construct an ocean liner. And not one of those 'pretend' cruise ship things – a proper hard-core Atlantic warrior. Frankly, this BMW 5 Series rival deserves to be praised until its headlights swell. The handling is a constant source of joy, the ride is smoother than the Queen Mary in a pond, and it looks tastier than a Captain's lunch. Now, here comes the really good news. This titan of its time – in entry-level 2.2 Diesel SE guise – is cheap. It costs thousands less than the top-spec Vauxhall Insignia Estate, for example.

That costs £36,730 - the XF is a bargain at £30,950.

The Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel SE has other virtues to irritate its competitors. For starters, this executive lifestyle statement is both fast and frugal. Expect to reach 62mph in a pleasing 8.5 seconds and to average a cost-cutting 52.3mpg. This increases to 58.9mpg on the extra-urban cycle. What a contrast to some old Jags that empty their fuel tanks every thirty yards. This was never a problem for my friend though, as his broke-down every twenty yards. Mercifully, the new XF feels far more robust. I wonder which trophy it will win next?

Source: Motoring UK

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