2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Chauffeur Duty - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Chauffeur Duty

July 27, 2012

So what’s the sense in having a car like this unless you give a ride to your friends?

So when Edmunds.com had the big company meeting here in town, I put on the chauffeur’s cap for Rick French, Stephanie Miller and Nick Lindgren, as seen above.

Surprisingly, no one attempted to jump from the car when I made the full-throttle run down the 20th Street on-ramp.

Rick French compared the XF to his Genesis V6 sedan back in Philadelphia, from which he has stripped most of the badging, and he longed for his old, all-wheel-drive BMW 5-series wagon (he plays the drums, so he's always looking for plenty of room).

Stephanie Miller giggled like she’d just lucked into a particularly good ride home from the high school parking lot and was particularly drawn to the Jaguar’s soft-leather upholstery, which whispered to her of impossible luxury.

Meanwhile, Nick Lindgren said the 470-hp Jaguar XF Supercharged didn’t remind him at all of the Jeep Wrangler that he’s driving around Minneapolis.

It’s easy to take this Jaguar XF for granted when you read about it, but even a short ride with French, Miller and Lindgren proved that no one takes a car like this for granted. It’s a very special piece, and it would be a once in a lifetime purchase for almost everyone. It’s silly to pretend that we’re anything but thrilled to pieces every time we get a chance to drive it.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 2,750 miles

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