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Jaguar XF review - is the Jaguar's exec-saloon best in class? - Design

An engaging drive, but rivals beat Jaguar in some areas

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  • Engaging chassis, ride comfort and handling
  • Restrictive engine choice, lacks cutting edge technology

Design

It’s a Jaguar so naturally Ian Callum’s pen has directed how the XF looks. This new model builds on the 2007 original but wears Jaguar’s larger, new front grille, there are new side sills to give the perception of a lower ride height and a new look to the rear of car, although to some it looks a little too close in appearance to the better proportioned, tauter lines of the smaller XE. 

The XF has been given a longer wheelbase to try create some distance between it and its smaller sibling, as such Jaguar have tried to create more of a cab-backwards design by stretching the bonnet and giving the car a rear quarterlight. Strangely, thanks to the wide tail-lights, the XF can also look a little narrow from the rear - a side effect of when designers try to taper the rear to reduce the impression of mass.

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As usual with Jaguar's these days, one must take car in specifying the car as smaller wheels are easily overwhelmed by the longer wheelbase. The overall shape is very well resolved though and can look very lean and agressive compared to German rivals. One word of warning could be made though, as Portfolio cars can look a little chintzy due to the chrome mesh grill and plastic chrome bars on the front valance.

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