Review: Jaguar XFRBy Chris Walsh
September 18, 2012
This year, the Jaguar XF has been recognised as the most popular large executive car by the online readers of honestjohn.co.uk.
The Jaguar XF has also been recognised as the best car to move your grottlebox around in by the much-maligned Towcar Awards as well.
But the biggest feather in Jaguars cap has to be their list topping finish in the universally renowned What Car? Magazine, J.D. Power Survey for 2012.
So, if I’m driving the top-of-the-range version of their super-duper XK, surely I should start by asking: what’s not to like?
Well, it certainly isn’t the 5.0litre V8 grunter that sits under the bonnet. T
This ridiculously loveable unit mixes a wapping 503bhp with 461lb.ft of torque. And the feeling you get from that dangerous concoction is so tasty that you literally can’t stop yourself from indulging in a free sample every now and then.
It isn’t the gorgeous shape either.
As nobody in their right mind would disagree with the simple and effective enhancements over the already stunning XF.
For my money, the thing you are not going to like about the Jaguar XFR is the slightly dated and interior layout.
I will be the first to admit that the rising gear knob and synchronised air vents still look great but when you cast your eye beyond them, you get very little else.
As silly as that sounds, it is just the sort of thing that would cement a decision between one car and another.
For example: the Jaguar XFR’s nemesis, the BMW M5, is also very good-looking and has a ridiculous level of performance. But the inside is in a different league completely. And that package is yours for just £8,000 more than the XFR.
From here, the numbers do the talking. The XFR reaches 0-60 in a mind-boggling 4.7 seconds and will power its way up to a restricted 155mph with relative ease.
The mpg is never going to be great on a car like this but for a supercharged 5-litre, V8 the 22.5mpg is at least competitive. And so is the CO2 emission.
At 292g/km it really demonstrates just how far engine technology has come these days.
The XFR is a cracking car overall and will represent a very sensible option for those looking for a practical four door saloon with blistering pace and personality. The Jaguar XFR will always have a special place in my heart but if your going to buy one, just make sure you satisfy yourself by sitting in the BMW M5 for a bit first.
Model: Jaguar XFR
Price From: £65,380
0-60: 4.9 seconds
CO2 emission: 268g/km
2010/2011 VED: £475 pa (1st Year £1,030)