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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: The Secret to a Good Road Trip

July 06, 2012


If you're going to own a car like the Jaguar XF Supercharged, then you should use it to drive someplace far away.  Otherwise it's like owning a twin-engine offshore powerboat and never going beyond the breakwater.

So going north I found myself once again going past Blackwell's Corner, so I did the obligatory photo session in front of the two pieces of John Cerney artwork (you can also see the tall, full-length figure in the background), and bought some gas and also something to drink from the big store with all the 1950s memorabilia.


On the other side of the hill, I stopped at the little James Dean memorial built long ago next to the road house and garage in Cholame, not far from the fatal intersection where the most famous traffic accident in American history took place.

This is not a bad car to drive someplace far away.

It's got four doors, but the people in front are clearly in first class and the people in the back are not, so you travel without rear-seat passengers when you're going far away. The trunk measures out to 17.7 cubic feet, although it looks smaller, so there's one more reason to not give other people a ride.

In fact, maybe the best thing about the XF is that the rear seat doesn't make people want to come along for the ride, which cuts down on the whining from the rear seat on a long trip. This is the secret to a good road trip, no matter what your friends and family might tell you.

And with 470 hp under your right foot, you can pass everything but a gas station. Which is what brought me to Blackwell's Corner in the first place.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 1,803 miles


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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jaguar XF in VA is:

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