A Jaguar for the common man? This newly face-lifted and engined XF is many things, but that, unfortunately, isn’t one of them. Not when the entry-level SE costs £30,950.
Nevertheless, the new four-pot diesel is the cheapest Jag since the demise of the X-Type and is more rule than exception in its class. No executive saloon is cheap: a boggo 5-Series is the best part of 30 grand; the basest A6, a smidge more. And that hasn’t stopped people buying them, has it? Have you noticed how many new 5-Series are out there now? They’re everywhere. Mostly de-badged and under-wheeled in one of the non-cost-option colours. Low-ish spec, in other words.
Words: Ollie Marriage
Photos: James Lipman
This feature was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Top Gear magazine