Jaguar XF saloon
Price £29,945 - £79,995
- Great range of engines
- Stylish looks
- Fantastic mix of performance and comfort
- Poor rear legroom
- Petrol engines are expensive to run
- Interior build quality better on some rivals
The Jaguar XF is one of the finest executive cars on the market. It's luxurious and comfortable but also offers pin-sharp handling and excellent performance. There's an efficient diesel engine that offers low running costs, a more practical XF Sportbrake estate model, and sporty XFR and XFR-S performance versions.
The XF is also one of the best looking cars in class; rivals like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series are handsome machines, but are quite conservatively styled and are a relatively common sight on the road. Jaguar has gone for a bolder design with the XF, and it definitely helps it to stand out from the crowd.
The interior feels special, too, with a mixture of leather and wood trim plus ambient lighting and a brilliant rotating gear selector that emerges from the centre console when you turn on the ignition.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides. Headroom in the rear seats is relatively poor. The BMW 5 Series offers lower running costs and its interior feels as though it's slightly higher quality – even if it's a little dull. But even with these drawbacks, there's something about the XF that makes it feel a bit special. So even though it doesn’t quite match some rivals on paper, you soon forget about that when you see it in the metal. And owners certainly have no complaints – the Jaguar XF came third in the 2013 Driver Power satisfaction survey, easily beating every other executive saloon model.