Jaguar Car Reviews

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R you ready for take-off?

Unlike BMW’s M cars and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG variants, Jaguar’s R models are rather understated and somewhat under rated when it comes to high performance saloons. Models like the S Type R and the XJR were immensely quick and capable performance sedans that deserved more credit and mention.

Perhaps the new XFR will improve the image and recognition of Jaguar’s R cars. With more than 500 horses on tap, Coventry’s hot XF certainly sounds like it has what it takes to take the fight to the Germans.

The hottest XF previously available was the very discrete looking,  416bhp SV8, which is no longer available as its rather ancient 4.2-litre V8 has been surpassed by Jaguar’s new generation of AJ V8 motors displacing 5000cc.

With 510bhp on tap, the XF...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 7 Nov 2009
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A little history lesson

Six years seem to be an eternity in the car industry. While the average product life cycle of a Japanese car is typically about four years, their European counterparts usually have a longer shelf life – anywhere between five to six years.

Jaguar though, seems to be bulking this trend for European models. Coventry’s baby model has now entered its seventh year since it was first launched, and has just received its first facelift for it to soldier on to see off its substantially more modern German and Japanese rivals.

The X-Type first appeared in 2001 with much fanfare as it was touted to be the model to save Jaguar’s fortunes. The X-Type was also the first ever compact saloon from the British car maker.

But with no suitable small ca...

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Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim posted 20 Dec 2008
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Aesthetics

If you’re thinking of buying an executive saloon, chances are you will be seriously considering models like the ubiquitous BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But what if you want something different, something more individual instead? Well, the Jaguar XF might just be the answer to your needs.

We first drove the XF earlier this year in its fire-breathing SV8 form. Who wouldn’t want a supercharged V8 XF that goes like stink? But in reality, most will go for the more “sensible” base model here – the 3.0 V6.

Outwardly, there’s little difference between the 3.0-litre and the SV8 other than the size and design of the alloy wheels – well, the 3.0-litre obviously rides on the smaller wheels. The XF is quite possibly one of the most h...

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Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim posted 22 Nov 2008
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Bringing sexy back

Until recently, Jaguar seems to be living in the past. Take the S-Type for example - it had its styling cues and themes lifted straight out of the iconic Mark II. The S-Type’s styling inside and out was too retro to most tastes, and the mid-sized Jag was a disaster for the Coventry car maker.

Well, Jaguar has always thought that its customers were into English tea, shortbread and Cliff Richard - but the matter of fact is that they were more into Coldplay and modern appliances like HD TVs.

Jaguar finally listened when it introduced the beautiful XK a couple of years back. And now, the brand has reskinned the forgettable S-Type (S-Type R aside) inside and out, to give us the stunning XF.

Underneath, the XF’s basic structure is lifted s...

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Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim posted 5 Jun 2008
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