I’ve been driving one this week and it encapsulates the answer to the question of how Jaguar has made its resurgent way up the sales charts over the past three or four years.
The first XF hit the market in 2007, replacing the distinctly out-of-date S-Type. Its instantly sharper lines and decent engine line-up gave Jaguar a hit in the executive-saloon sector, and fleet customers a real alternative to a BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-class or Audi A6.
The new XF has taken the game on again, not with a small evolution, but a step change. Impressive for a company that could be forgiven for letting complacency creep in round the edges.
I’ve been driving the R-Sport trim level, which gave our test car a body kit featuring a sports front bumper, body-colour side sills, rear spoiler and R-Sport badging on the side vents. Our test car also featured 19in blade 5-spoke Gloss Black wheels (an excellent, if expensive addition, at £1,200) and ammonite grey paint at £650.