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Jaguar XF 2.2D – Heart versus Head?

Jaguar XF 2.2D – Heart versus Head?
19th July 2011 Run Your Fleet Blog

As soon as we read that the new Jaguar XF 2.2D travelled from Birmingham to Munich on one tank of fuel we knew this car would be ideal for the fleet market.  The reviews are in and Top Gear said

“If you like the XF, there’s now no rational reason to buy a rival saloon.”

WhatCar? gave it five stars, Autocar answered the “Should I buy one?” question with this

“Absolutely. It’s a shame that the XF falls short of the 520d’s benchmark emissions because for many fleet buyers that will be the biggest deciding factor – particularly given that the BMW is well established as an excellent proposition. Even so this is a very rewarding car that offers an extra element of exclusivity that could help make up for that shortfall. A mid-spec Luxury model would make more sense for most given its sub-£34k price and decent spec, but regardless of trim it’s clear that the XF is an immensely competitive and recommendable car.”

In most of the reviews it seems that the emissions are a problem; but again most of the reviewers think it is a shortfall that is overcome by the quality and drive of the car.  Like all fleet decisions it’s a balancing act.

Car’s take on it?

“It’s brilliant to drive, but those all-important official fuel and emissions figures can’t quite compete with the class best. The solution? Let your heart rule your head on this one.”

Jaguar have been talking to Fleet News on this very subject.

Andy Shaw, corporate operations manager at Jaguar, told Fleet News it was a “massively important” model for the manufacturer.

He said: “We’ve been crying out for a sub-160 CO2 and at long last it’s here, so we couldn’t be more pleased.”

However, the 3.0-litre diesel also has lower CO2 emissions and better fuel consumption than before, now achieving 44.8mpg and 169g/km of CO2.

“If we can make the XF available to people that it wasn’t available to before then hopefully they’ll consider us and that’s all we can ask for,” said Shaw.

What do you think? Will the Jaguar make it onto your Approved Models list?


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