Jaguar XFR


Price: £59,900


Top speed: 155mph 0-60mph 4.7 seconds


Consumption: 22.5mpg


CO2 emissions: 292g/km


Best for: Fun-lovers


Also worth considering? BMW M5; Mercedes-Benz CLS 63AMG; Audi S6

The most pleasing thing about the Jaguar XFR isn't so much its phenomenal performance or its supreme stylishness. It is an intense sense of relief that here is a British car that, to borrow a phrase from glories past, can beat the world. For the one area where the firm has lagged behind ever-more capable competition from the German and Japanese brands is in its technological abilities. Gadgets, that is. Yet here in the classy, contemporary interior of the XFR is all that you could ask for: adaptive cruise control (so it brakes and accelerates to keep a set distance from the car ahead); reverse parking camera, heated steering wheel, touch-screen electronics, blind-spot warning device on the door mirrors, Freeview and DAB radio, the best of in-car audio systems, the whole caboodle. Yes, the toy count is competitive, and it is wonderful to behold.

Indeed I would go further and say that the Jaguar's minor controls – air con, audio, satnav, that sort of thing – are better laid out and easier to use than those of its peers, which usually involve twiddling a big round knob (like the top of a jam jar) between the front seats. Using the Jaguar's touch screen is a little distracting – the buttons/icons need to be bigger – but it still feels safer than the BMW system ("iDrive") or the similar set-ups in Audis ("Multi Media Interface") and Mercedes-Benz ("COMAND"). The Germans seem obsessed with neat'n'tidy dashboards, but they do the driver few favours. Thank goodness they all also boast steering-wheel controls, as does the Jaguar.

The Jaguar also scores well over the competition when it comes to the balance between performance and ride. The XFR probably is a bit slower than the BMW M5, though it has a far better transmission, and it's marginally less thrilling than the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG, for example. But the Jaguar's suspension pulls off the remarkable feat of retaining a relatively compliant ride and cosseting in a way that the other German set-ups do not. As for that performance, this burbling V8-powered Jaguar is exactly as you'd hope it to be – breathtaking. It does get a little "tail happy" if you start abusing it, but that's just part of the supercharged fun. It's all there to enjoy, and in some comfort.

So here's a Jaguar that has got it all and needs no excuses. Quite a change. It deserves to succeed, and to drag all the badge snobs out of their BMWs, Mercedes and Audis. But will it?

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Rocky road: Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino play an estranged husband and wife in 'San Andreas'
filmReview: In the face of all-round devastation, even Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appears a little puny
Arts and Entertainment
Bright lights, big city: Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles by dusk
books
News
i100
Sport
Harry Kane makes Paul Scholes' Premier League team of the season
footballPaul Scholes on the best players, managers and goals of the season - and the biggest disappointments
News
i100
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: Web Developer - Junior / Middleweight

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's fastest growing full s...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Recruitment Genius: Commercial Engineer

    £30000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Estimating, preparation of tech...

    Recruitment Genius: IT Support Technician

    £14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will work as part of a smal...

    Day In a Page

    Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

    The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

    How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

    Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

    'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

    How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

    Art attack

    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
    Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

    Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

    Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
    Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

    'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

    Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
    10 best wedding gift ideas

    It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

    Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
    Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

    Paul Scholes column

    With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
    Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

    Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

    Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club that later became synonymous with Hillsborough has dealt with this tragedy
    Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

    Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

    The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
    Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
    Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

    Fifa corruption arrests

    All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
    Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

    The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

    In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

    Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
    Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

    How Stephen Mangan got his range

    Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor