Jaguar's sleek designs, high-performance engines and rewarding driving dynamics make the firm's offerings an interesting alternative to predictable German models. Flagship R models offer stunning performance.
The Jaguar XE is a large family saloon aimed at company car drivers and private buyers who want Jaguar's blend of upmarket appeal, styling and sporty character. There's plenty of space inside for four adults – five at a pinch – and the boot is fairly average for a compact executive car such as this. There's a range of five engines, starting with a diesel that emits such a small amount of CO2 that road tax is free and company car tax cheap too, right up to a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol with sparkling performance.
The new Jaguar XF is distinctive to look at, great to drive and has one of the best-designed interiors money can buy. There's also a stylish Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate model which has attracted new customers to the brand. Engines include two 2.0-litre diesels that offer around 60mpg, a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a 3.0-litre V6 petrol. The 2.0-litre 'Ingenium' diesel models will be the most popular, especially with cost-conscious fleet buyers. The range is divided into entry-level Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and sporty XF S, but all are well equipped. Prices compare favourably to German competition such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The new Jaguar F-Type takes Jaguar back to its roots in small, rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports cars. Sleek and sporty, the Jaguar F-Type is perhaps Jaguar's most striking vehicle in a long time – a style backed up by automotive substance from its three powerful engines. The 335bhp entry-level is followed by the 375bhp S level, before the top of the range 5.0-litre V8 S produces 488bhp, doing 0-60mph in 4 seconds, up to a top speed of 186mph. All models come with an eight-speed ‘quick-shift’ automatic gearbox, and the Jaguar F-Type S and Jaguar F-Type V8 S also come equipped with an active exhaust. So carefully styled is the Jaguar F-Type, that the door handles are even hidden to preserve the clean lines of the design language.
When it comes to design, the latest Jaguar XJ marks a shocking departure for Jaguar. Having retained the same basic shape for decades, the current Jaguar XJ is completely different, taking inspiration from the smaller Jaguar XF. It's thoroughly modern inside and out, luxurious and powerful no matter whether you choose a diesel or petrol version.
The Jaguar XK coupe and convertible can trace their roots through a line of glorious sports cars that have both excited behind the wheel and pleased the eye. Our judges named it the Most Stylish, as part of the CarBuyer Car of the Year awards 2011. The Jaguar XK remains true to both, with huge performance available from a 5.0-litre V8 that's offered with or without a power-boosting supercharger. With the supercharger you get 510bhp or 542bhp in the XKR-S version and pace to rival supercars. Boasting good looks and a sumptuous interior, the Jaguar XK is a great grand tourer.