A Few Creaks - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Jaguar XF: A Few Creaks

May 29, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF

As our time with our long-term 2012 Jaguar XF draws to a close, I decided to give the big cat another whirl. I'd not driven this car very much as I just never really warmed up to it. Okay, I definitely warmed up to its barnstorming power delivery, which, save for a minor delay in tip-in throttle response, is terrific. I think my indifference to it stems primarily from its tepid steering and touchy brake pedal response, areas that make the XF seem a bit incohesive or unresolved to me.

Anyway, in the intervening months the Jaguar has developed a few (three, by my count) interior creaks of nonspecific origin. I suppose I could go on rattle patrol to determine their exact source but it seems a futile effort with so little time left in the fleet.

Like a few comments opined, I too would turn off the cabin's silly theatrical elements, which seem to me like problems waiting to happen. But to be fair the actual cabin durability has been, indeed, quite good. It's showing little, if any, wear and all the bits and baubs still function just fine.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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