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2012 Jaguar XF: Feel the Difference

August 02, 2012

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Takahashi and I were driving in a new Audi Allroad yesterday. I thought that its textured metal trim looked quite nice, but when I ran my fingers over it I realized it wasn't textured at all. It was an optical illusion created by a cleverly designed print. Clever, yes, but still fake.

Smash cut to several hours later when I'm driving home in our Jaguar XF. That metal-look trim looks textured and when you run your fingers across it -- voila! -- it is textured. It feels nice and special, and I especially like the contrast between the coarse texture of the trim and the buttery soft leather above. This mixing of materials in terms of both appearance and texture is very well executed and just one of the many little details that make such a difference in this car. Somebody knows what they're doing at JLR.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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