Jaguar is in the middle of a radical rebranding, transforming itself from a dated British company into a modern day, high-end brand with a wave of Tesla-rivaling electric cars on the way.
Before they arrive, however, Jaguar has to address its core model range. The second-generation XF, which goes toe-to-toe with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, is based on new a lightweight aluminum platform and looks sharper than a Savile Row suit especially in range-topping S guise.
There’s an engine option to suit every need, too. A total of seven are offered with the sensible money going on the 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which delivers punchy performance and strong economy. However, a 375bhp V6 injects this luxury limo with some sports car performance.
Whichever model you go for, every XF is excellent to drive. The lightweight chassis and super sharp steering make it feel like a much smaller and nimble car. It’s also very comfortable, but if you’re seeking ultimate comfort a Mercedes E-Class is the one to go for.
The XF is the best car to drive in its class, and one of the most comfortable, but there are a few areas where it falls down slightly. The interior is far from shabby, with lashing of leather and aluminium coating the cabin, but it does lack the real sense of quality and luxury you get in the BMW 5 Series and E-Class.
Tech fans are also likely to be frustrated by the infotainment system, which is a bit clunky to use and operates only via a touchscreen – that makes it a little tricky to use on the move. But those niggles don’t stop the XF from being a thoroughly recommendable car, and one that puts Jaguar on the right path to success.
The XF, from £31,780, by JAGUAR