GROUP TEST THIS ISN’T A COLD, CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT, OF FACELESS BLACK PLASTIC AND HARD SHAPES. IT’S MORE OF AN ENGLISH MEMBERS’ CLUB: SUAVE, AND SOPHISTICATED Jump inside any of these cars and it’s not hard to see why Jaguar has won so many plaudits for the design and quality of its interiors. We start in the cabin of the XJ, as this car introduced the ‘Riva Hoop’ design cue to the modern Jaguar. This is the graceful spar that flows seamlessly from one side of the dashboard to the other, giving a gentle ‘cockpit’ feel, much like the classic speedboat brand after which it is named. It is this strong design statement that sets the XJ’s interior apart from the opposition: this isn’t a cold, clinical environment, of faceless black plastic and hard shapes. It’s more of an English members’ club: suave, and sophisticated. The Autobiography model has the most sumptuous diamond stitched leather chairs and an atmosphere so cosy it’s tempting to have a quick afternoon snooze. But dozing is strictly off our agenda, and it’s not something you feel inclined to do in the XE. It also incorporates the ‘Riva Hoop’ but in a more cosy environment which is snug and sporty. That’s not to say there isn’t roominess on offer, as a quick try of the rear pew proves. Nevertheless, the XE makes you want to drive. But before we fire up the supercharged V6 there’s the new XF’s interior to consider. Once again, it strikes a fine balance between the other two. With its high central transmission tunnel you’re immediately cocooned within the cabin, surrounded by the ‘Riva Hoop’ and faced with a broad, crisply styled dashboard. Pride of place is the new 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment system, behind which lies a quad-core processor, a solid state drive and Ethernet. That makes it fast, responsive and powerful when you swipe, pinch and press – just like on the latest smartphones. Its technology is shared by the 2016 model year XJ, while the XE gets the similar and still great InControl Touch version. Having climbed into the rear of the XF and marvelled at the space for six-foot-plus males, it’s time to take a drive. Among the various petrol and diesel units in the XF range the 2.0d we test – available in 163 and 180hp power outputs – is a likely big seller and features the new Ingenium diesel engine mated to a slick-shifting new six-speed gearbox. It’s clear that there’s plenty of low-down torque available, remarkable when you consider it’s still capable of 70.6mpg economy and low 104 g/km CO2 emissions. The new XF steers with trademark Jaguar fluidity and precision. It’s athletic but comfortable. 58 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE
The petrol XE in S trim we then drive is a punchier character still. The supercharged 340hp 3-litre V6 emits a fabulous bellow under acceleration and unleashes some serious performance – 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds. Its double wishbone front suspension sets it apart from its rivals and helps make it really dynamic and agile. It feels wieldy, compact and super-easy to drive too, courtesy of the eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles. Frankly I could drive it for the rest of the day, but the XJ beckons and it’d be wrong not to take a drive in the graceful limo too. You’d expect the XE and XF to dazzle behind the steering wheel, but the way the XJ shrinks around the driver and begs to be driven enthusiastically is a genuine surprise. Now offering 300hp, the 3.0 V6 turbodiesel has effortless shove out of corners, and the light, accurate steering is more sportscar than big saloon. It means you can cruise in comfort one moment, and drive with verve the next. It’s that wonderful duality that links all three cars here. Like brothers: all clearly different in looks and personality, but also very much part of the family. FIRST CLASS CABINS Top: The XE offers the coziest cabin but still bristles with big-car technology. Middle: The XF features a new infotainment system that can display satnav maps right across the 12.3-inch TFT driver dial area. Right: The XJ now has the latest pinch-and-swipe 10.2-inch centre screen and features sumptuous diamond-stitch seats THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 59
THE JAGUAR magazine celebrates the art of performance with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from dynamic driving to seductive design and cutting-edge technology.
Led by an exclusive and insightful interview with unconventional actor and Jaguar campaign star Eva Green, this issue is full of Jaguar spirit. See the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT and XE SV Project 8 unleashed on the volcanic slopes of Sicily, go behind the scenes of setting two world records, look ahead to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship season debut, learn the secrets of thrill-making from three renowned proponents of the art, and much more.
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| Will your next taxi be a self-driven Jaguar I-PACE?
| What it takes to break a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife
| The petrolheads racing in Jaguar’s new all-electric race series
| Up close with the latest special edition of the XE and XF: the 300 SPORT
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| The inside line on the creation of the revolutionary I-PACE
| Reinventing a classic: meet the E-type Concept Zero
| Fifty years of the iconic XJ saloon
| Exclusive interview with tennis star Johanna Konta
| Can supercomputers revolutionise art?
The latest issue introduces our new ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact practical sports car, which is already turning heads on the street. As we commit to electrifying every new Jaguar from 2020, we explore how pushing boundaries on track helps develop our sports cars, from writing motorsport history at Le Mans, to taking on the Nürburgring with the extreme XE SV Project 8 and being at the very cutting edge with the FIA Formula E Championship.
In this issue, we introduce a fresh new addition to the Jaguar family with the launch of the E-PACE. F1 racer Romain Grosjean reveals his passion for Jaguar while the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team give an insight into their preparations. Plus, we get to grips with the fast-paced sport of drone racing and spend a unique day with the XF Sportbrake.
In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.
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