I have had Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti and Saab cars over the years owning multiple models in the Mercedes, BMW and Lexus car lines. I never thought I would buy a Jaguar. I had seen some new ads and the cars looked great, but I had heard such bad things about the reliability issues. I try to buy a late model used car because I think it makes good financial sense. I will buy new if I can't find a used car with all of the options I want. While looking at Mercedes I stumbled upon a 2011 XF. Decided to drive it and that was all I needed. Still under factory warranty and has three certified years after that. Love this car, love driving again.
I researched just about every luxury in the 50-60K range. MB, BMW, Lexus, and Audi. For me it came down to the Jag and the Audi. When I test drove the Jag it was not like any of the others. To steal a quote from an automotive reviewer, this car is like the beautiful cheerleader with a naughty side. Step on the gas and it just goes, and goes and keeps going. Plus everywhere I go people have to do a double take its such a beautiful car. A word about value...This car has EVERYTHING in it already, its German counterparts should learn a lesson from the Brits. I priced out a BMW and MB that started around 50K, by the time you add all the xtras (just about everything) the car is well over 60
I was about to order a new 528 BMW I had just driven but decided to drive the XF on a whim. Wow! The quality of the interior, the handling, the sound of the V8 all seemed superior by comparison. The lease numbers were also good. Great car and I have owned all the luxury sedans.
I have been a 'Lexus Guy' for the last several years. After having Audi, BMW, Benz, and Infinity in the family, I was looking for a change. The new XF is truly extraordinary. The feel is luxurious while the performance keeps you glued to your seat. People stop me all the time to take a look at it or just compliment me on the curvaceous styling. As soon as you sit in it, you know from the moment you push the START button that you are in for a truly unique experience. This car is one of the best cars I have ever driven. The affordability factor makes it difficult to justify purchasing and "comparable" vehicle in any luxury line (as if there is anything even remotely comparable out there!)