A Jag? With my reputation?
As anyone familiar with the site will know by now, Jaguars are something of a recurrent theme in my life. So when a few months ago I was offered the extended use of a 2013 Jaguar XF, I tried to accept with jaded equanimity. However the unseemly haste with which I bit the owner’s arm off probably betrayed my true feelings.
So, what exactly are we dealing with here? The XF is a low mileage dealer-pre-registered model in 2.2 litre Premium Luxury specification, which was pretty much top-cat spec in 2013. It comes equipped with most of the convenience gadgets the average luxury car owner wants/needs/demands; leather, electrically adjustable heated seats, sat nav and bluetooth to name a few. In fact I’m struggling to think of anything off the specification sheet I’d delete, but then I’m easily pleased. The XF replaces a 2006 E60 BMW 520d, a car so spectacularly unremarkable, I recall virtually nothing about it. It proved a faultless companion, if a resolutely unmourned one. Over the past year, the Jag too has been a paragon of dependability and I can report candidly that the car’s regular keeper is delighted with it.
Since April, I have driven the XF a number of times a week, although until now have refrained from commenting upon it’s qualities until such time as I felt I had its measure. This will not be a conventional road test then – or indeed an unconventional Driven to Write version of same. My aim being to provide a series of impressions which will hopefully add up to a more nuanced insight into the car’s deeper recesses. Having said that, while I may touch upon the XF’s available boot space, I will draw the line at spending time within its narrow confines. There’s only so much I’ll do for you.
Given my enthusiasm for Jaguar and all its works, I may risk accusations of bias, but rest assured good reader, I will faithfully endeavour to report all failings, failures or foibles I encounter in the coming weeks and months. Hopefully, a few positives along the way as well. Stay tuned…