2012 Jaguar XF: Rainy Days
November 30, 2012
We're currently being treated to a rare Southern California event. Rain. If it weren't for our allotted couple days of precipitation, I wouldn't have discovered the following.
The windshield wiper stalk in the Jag operates a little differently than most other cars. In other cars, when you pull the stalk back towards you (like you would if you were using the "flash-to-pass" headlights on the other stalk), you'd activate the wiper fluid jets. In the Jag, you get a single pass of the wipers with no fluid.
I like this. Normally, when I'd request a single wiper pass by moving the stalk up or down, I'd mistakenly drop it into intermittent mode. In light rain, I use the single pass wiper function way more often than the washers. The washers on the XF are activated by the chrome button on the end, by the way.
I know, it's a relatively insignificant feature, but the Jaguar does it right, and I think it's worth calling out.
As far as driving the XF Supercharged in the rain, well, let's just say traction control was working overtime. There's a lot of torque at the driver's disposal, and this is one time that I'm glad I left it on. Had I had the opportunity to take it to my super-secret wet skidpad, I'm sure I'd be singing a different tune.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,960 miles