Jaguar XF Sportbrake Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
THE Jaguar Is still a very popular car in our office. If anyone has a long journey in mind, it’s the sportbrake they borrow. In its first six months with us it has been all over the British Isles, doing duties at a christening, a wedding and a funeral.
When our production editor and friends followed the southern stages of the Tour de France, he considered taking nothing else. His faith was justified: the Jag put over 2000 miles under its tyres in a week, and Euan and pals returned full of praise for the car’s ability to eat up the miles on autoroutes. Further praise came for its impressive stability on the twists and turns they encountered in the mountain passes, and the ease with which it swallowed all their luggage. It averaged 35.2mpg too, which was pretty good considering he had attached a cycle carrier to the roof. ah yes, that cycle carrier! at any speed above 50mph this device produced a range of high-pitched whistling noises sufficient to drown out radio programmes and terrify unsuspecting passengers. Luckily, our car has an upgraded 11-speaker 380w meridian audio system. With this you can play with the audio balance via the touch screen.
There’s also Dynamic Volume Control system, which is meant to compensate for whatever ambient sounds may penetrate the cabin. alas, so noisy did it all become, I had to resort to turning up the volume manually, and even then I couldn’t hear a thing. I suspect when they were designing it to compensate for outside noises, they probably weren’t figuring on a musical roof rack.