Jaguar XF V6 Supercharged

'The new XF is the best Jaguar you don't really need'

Price: £50,450
Engine capacity: 3-litre supercharged petrol
Power output (PS @ rpm):340 @ 6,500
Top speed (mph): 155 0-60 mph (seconds): 5.7
Fuel economy (mpg): 30
CO2 emissions (g/km): 224

The Jaguar XF has always been the executive saloon of choice for fast-rising corporate types who still like to drive themselves around, but want a dose of luxury, comfort and class to let the rest of us know they have made it. And if you are lucky enough for that to be you, you're in luck because Jaguar has updated it for 2013 with a new range of engines and a clutch of new gadgets.

Design purists will be pleased that Jaguar's head designer Ian Callum has changed little in the car's appearance (he's been busy on the forthcoming F-Type sports car). This is very good indeed because the XF remains just cool enough to be desirable, but still that little bit too grown up for the kids (and boy racers). Some people will continue to moan that it looks like an Aston Martin from the back, but they're wrong, and that's hardly a valid complaint anyway.

What's new under the bonnet? Well, there's a new entertainment system and plenty of leather (sadly Jaguar still lags just behind its German rivals for interior quality), but most interestingly there is a range of more efficient engines, including the V6 petrol I'm testing, start-stop technology and an eight-speed automatic gearbox to replace the slightly ponderous six-speed version in the old car.

And if you live in Europe, North America or much of the rest of the world, you can opt for the all-wheel drive version.

The standard logic is that it's the firm's stablemate Land Rover that benefits from cold weather (visits to its website treble), but with the new XF (and the larger XJ) Jaguar is hoping to boost its share of the lucrative luxury-saloon market in colder climates (a big market Jaguar was missing out on).

I tested it recently in frozen Quebec on an XJ model with the same V6 supercharged engine and it's a sweet combination. It's a shame it isn't coming to Britain because it is clever enough to retain Jaguar's focused driving characteristics in normal conditions but keep you safe in the snow.

So if you live in the Rockies or the Alps, the XF is now a solid rival to the Germanic offerings from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. In Surbiton or Solihull it's less useful (and not available), but you can at least get the new engine. But if I'm honest it's still hard to recommend it over one of Jaguar's more frugal (and still very quick) diesel engines. Yes, it's smooth, fast and delivers power effortlessly without the painful fuel bills of a bigger V8 petrol, but it will still only get you 30mpg.

So there you are. The supercharged XF is a wonderful car you should only buy if you live abroad. Next week I'm testing the all-new Ford Fiesta, Britain's biggest-selling car, hopefully that will be more useful for you.

Suggested Topics
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
filmDirector said film would 'never have been financed' with ethnic minority actors in key roles
News
people
Sport
footballArsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 0: And they can still top the group
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
film
News
Andy Murray with his girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears who he has got engaged to
peopleWimbledon champion announces engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie are joining the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! camp
tv
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
music
News
Albert Camus (left) and Jean-Paul Sartre fell out in 1952 and did not speak again before Camus’s death
people
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
News
Ed Miliband visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The Labour leader has spoken more openly of his heritage recently
newsAttacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But are the barbs more sinister?
Arts and Entertainment
'Felfie' (2014) by Alison Jackson
photographyNew exhibition shows how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
News
i100
Life and Style
Fright night: the board game dates back to at least 1890
life
Environment
The vaquita is being killed by fishermen trying to catch the totoaba fish, which is prized in China
environmentJust 97 of the 'world's cutest' sea mammals remain
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Chief Engineer

    £50000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chief Engineer is required to...

    Recruitment Genius: Web Marketing Specialist

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading Renewable Energy compa...

    Ashdown Group: Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence Co-ordinator

    £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Required skills include SQL querying, SSRS, u...

    Ashdown Group: C#.Net Developer - C#, ASP.Net, PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: C#.Net Developer - C#, ASP.Net, HTML...

    Day In a Page

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
    Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

    Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

    The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
    Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

    Sarkozy returns

    The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
    Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

    Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

    Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
    Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

    Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

    Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
    There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

    In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

    The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
    UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

    UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

    It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
    Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

    Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

    It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
    The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

    Staying connected: The King's School

    The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
    Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

    Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

    Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
    Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

    Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

    The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
    Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

    When two worlds collide

    Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

    Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
    Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

    Putin’s far-right ambition

    Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
    Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

    Escape to Moominland

    What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?