XF THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD TODAY?
WHAT CAR? AUGUST 2008
After receiving twelve awards so far this year, the all-new Jaguar XF proves itself as a world-beating luxury saloon
It takes a car of great ability to distinguish itself against the competition. To win an award of the magnitude of the WhatCar? Car of The Year 2008 (and WhatCar?'s Executive Car of the Year too), is considered a landmark achievement; following up these two awards with a further ten suggests that the new Jaguar XF is a car to be reckoned with.
The new Jaguar XF is the first saloon-based expression of Jaguar's new 'sporting luxury' design language. This new approach aims to blend the refinement, features and space of a luxury saloon with sports car styling and performance. The results are nothing short of spectacular, as recognised by Autocar, the UK's top car enthusiast's magazine: the new XF picked up the Autocar Design Award 2007.
But the car's liquid, coupé-like lines needn't cast doubt on the car's practicality, because the XF magically provides comfortable space for five adults, plus a big boot and generous interior stowage. Top Gear Magazine dubbed it their 'Limo of the Year' for its comfort, space and interior style. And what an interior. Car Magazine's 'Interior of the Year' Award recognised the luxurious, stylish qualities of the XF's cabin. The world's press has praised features like the rotating air vents, sophisticated interior lighting, and JaguarDrive Selector™ control that rises genie-like from a beautifully-fashioned centre console.
The static XF experience is rich enough, but move out onto the road and things get even better.
Thanks to the best torsional stiffness in its class – mated to a range of four brilliant engines – The Sun's Ken Gibson picked the XF as his Car of the Year, while What Car? considers the XF 'The Most Exciting Car of 2007'.
Those engines range from an astonishingly refined 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel – which earned the What Diesel? 'Diesel Car of the Year' Award for the XF – to a supercharged 4.2-litre V8. What Car? was equally impressed: 'Soothing and quiet, agile and athletic… XF beats the best that Germany and Japan can offer.'
The final say must go to What Car?'s Group Editor, Steve Fowler: `The XF goes straight in there with the very best cars from Jaguar's past,' he said. 'And, given that the car market today is more competitive than it's ever been, it's fair to say the XF is the best car Jaguar has ever built.'