A Certain Je Ne Sais Quois - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: A Certain Je Ne Sais Quois

April 26, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

When our long-term Jaguar XF sits in the sun for a while, like in my driveway at home, it develops a certain je ne sais quois, that intangible quality the French use to describe that which we cannot describe. That's my polite way of saying this car gets a little stinky.

There's a lot of leather in this car but leather has a pleasant aroma. I blame the alcantara, which is a polite way of saying fake suede. It gets a little ripe if you know what I mean. It's amazing how earthy an artificial substance can smell.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged


Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 21,747 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Hmmm, usually that term referrs to something alluring, but not as used here. Except that Alcantara is grippy and doesn't get too hot or cold (alluring). But smelling like a used gym sock is quite a different sensation.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Overused saying of the year goes to.... "Je ne sais quoi"! (standing ovation, whistling and applause). But seriously, my first language is French, and I think I've heard this saying in that tongue maybe twice, as opposed to the countless times in English. Also, since this a "British" car, why not use our imaginations and come up with something like; "Blooody hell, the smell in this car is completely mental! I wonder if its coming from the boot..." Oh wait, that doesn't sound so posh.

  • mieden mieden Posts:

    60/40 distilled water, white vinegar mix. Spritz it from a spray bottle on the affected Alcantara, brush lightly with soft-bristle brush, let evaporate in sealed cabin. Porsche puts that **** on their steering wheels and they start to smell like sweaty hats pretty quickly. Tip: if you dont use distilled water, smell comes right back...

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