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Car reviews - Jaguar - XF - 4.2 Premium Luxury sedan

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It's thirsty and expensive, but the XF V8 is the most convincing Jaguar in decades

Jaguar logo17 Oct 2008

By GEORGIA OCONNELL

IT IS Year Zero and counting at Jaguar, now under the watchful eye of the sympathetic (and cash-rich) Tata Industries. And what a coup for the Indian conglomerate, as it inherits a truly exhilarating beauty in the shape of the XF. This is the most convincing Jaguar in decades, challenging the likes of the BMW 5 Series like no English car has managed for a long time. Even the rather thirsty and expensive 4.2 V8 Premium Luxury makes for a compelling ownership proposition, and if this is a sign of things to come from Jaguar, then we say bring it on.
Model release date: 1 April 2008 to 1 June 2009

Previous model

Jaguar S-Type 4.2 MkIII

Released: October 2004
Ended: March 2008
Family Tree: XF

The S-Type – twinned with an American Lincoln model (LS) – was Ford’s attempt to muscle in on the BMW 5 Series market. Jaguar’s restyled version from 2004 partially solved its exterior design and packaging issues, but the cast was set and the S-Type began its long fade into obscurity. Which is a shame really, since the 2002 chassis overhaul ushered in an excellent driving machine, while the 224kW/420Nm 4.2-litre V8 petrol/six-speed automatic combination provided plenty of smooth and sonorous performance capabilities. The XF, however, takes the best of these and adds real glamour and style to proceedings.

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