Jaguar XF saloon

£33,445 - £49,515

The Jaguar XF is an executive saloon that takes on cars like the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. It's also available as a practical XF estate – called the Sportbrake – and arguably looks more stylish than its rivals, although rear-seat headroom suffers as a result of its swooping lines.

Jaguar offers an excellent range of engines with the XF, so buyers can choose from four diesels and one petrol. The basic diesel returns excellent fuel economy and good performance, while the top-of-the range 3.0-litre petrol offers plenty of pace, but its running costs are fairly alarming. The thrilling Jaguar XFR and Jaguar XFR-S performance models are based on the XF saloon, but are almost as fast as some supercars.

The XF has a good range of trim levels and even the cheapest SE model comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, leather seats, wood trim, automatic headlights and automatic wipers as standard. All models feature special interior touches such as a gear selector that rises from the centre console and air vents that revolve when you start the car.

The more powerful of the 2.2-litre diesel engines has 197bhp and its extra performance and slightly more refined character make it the one to go for. The entry-level diesel isn’t bad, but it's not much more economical than the more powerful of the two smaller diesels.