Just the Right Size - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF: Just the Right Size

July 19, 2012

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Do not listen to anyone who says the Jaguar XF's backseat is not spacious enough. Do not care if a con in a review states the XF's cabin is "smaller than those of its competitors."

I say this because they're just the sort of complaints that lead the BMW 5 Series to grow into a bloated limousine. The XF's back seat is just fine as it is and the car as a whole is big enough. Having said that, one of the things I so dearly love about this Jag is that it feels small even if it really isn't. The low, more enveloping greenhouse is a reason for this, but so too is the crisp response of the car's controls and the general feeling of being light on its feet. I'm loathe to make a cheeseball, punny comparison between Jaguar the car and jaguar the cat, but there's some truth to it. Every time I drive the XF it feels like it's just the right size.

If you think your back seat needs to be big enough for Dikembe Mutumbo, that's swell, please buy something else. But kindly shut up when a survey comes around asking "How can we improve the Jaguar XF?"

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,474 miles

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