The Cleanest of Gauges - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jaguar XF Long Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF: The Cleanest of Gauges

June 19, 2012


Before I get to how this 470 horsepower sedan drives, I feel the need to address the instrument cluster. Specifically it's lack of needless complexity. This is how it used to be done before designers and engineers tried to cram every last piece of vehicle information into a limited amount of space in the driver's field of view.

Granted, that small screen in the middle lights up with all sorts of user adjustable information, but it's pretty minimal as modern instrument panels go.

As for how it drives, this XF is what some in the business call "well integrated." In other words, everything works together well. The throttle calibration, the steering effort, the suspension tuning, the brake feel -- they're all on the same page. The result is a car that feels responsive, predictable and just plain easy to drive. And yes, it's fast, real fast.

Ed Hellwig, Editor,

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