Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was a Jaguar you didn’t have to make excuses for? Yes, Jaguar has possibly the best-looking car range on the planet – which bathes in a warm glow of heritage its most sworn enemies would give their entire marketing budget for – but imagine if the British manufacturer had a car that didn’t drop practicality clangers, weigh a bit more than it ought to and hadn’t left its tech homework on the bus? Good news… the new XF might just be a Jaguar no one needs to make excuses for.
As per usual, it’s an attractive object in über S trim, but neither that nor the initial handshake of the interior grabbed me much. However, the first few yards driving were critical. On the move, the XF instantly feels like an extremely special piece of kit. Oily. Athletic. The sort of car that could give an ageing king of the class, like a BMW 5-Series, a damn good hiding.
Photography: Jamie Lipman
This feature was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.