A Jaguar that lives up to its namesake in every sense
Gas filler door jammed. Otherwise it has been flawless.
I replaced a Mercedes E55 AMG with this car, and have never looked back. Its acceleration is equally breath taking, and the handling is more refined and responsive. I always pick my cars for their performance, quality and comfort, and this one has excelled in all three. The ride is a bit on the firm side, but not uncomfortable in the least. The seats are extremely comfortable, and all controls and functions are readily accessible and logically arranged. The quality of the materials used is first rate.
If I had to pick the one thing that I love above all else on this car, it would be the silky smooth transmission. It was that one factor that put my previous and the then current AMG to shame. Shifts are prompt, crisp and virtually seamless. A quick squeeze of the well located paddle shifters simply puts you in the next gear. I had never owned an automatic before the AMG, and only changed because of the great strides that have made in shiftable automatics. Well the Jaguar takes that art one step farther. I would have preferred 6 gears that became available in the next year, but the 5 on this model serve it well. This transmission, coupled with the XF's well-balanced suspension and pulse quickening engine, make it an absolute dream to drive.
If I were to quibble, I do miss somewhat the more substantial feel of the Mercedes, but that is a small price to pay for the other virtues of this exquisite feline. I simply have yet to find anything better for even 50% more than the price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2012