The Jaguar XF S just needs an injection of charisma to make it a great car

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My Jaguar is being hunted down today. Well, there’s a chap trying to find where I live to pick it up. It’s a good car the XF S – prettier than the class-leading BMW 5 Series , less common, more stylish.

But just like the BMW, it’s difficult to fall in love with the Jaguar. It just lacks a little bit of charisma and charm that is sadly missing from most executive saloons. Bar the Maserati Ghibli, of course.

I can’t find much not to like otherwise. Rear seat leg room is not as good as I expected and considering the S is the ‘sporty’ model, the Jaguar is so refined you don’t ‘feel’ like you are travelling that fast.

Other than that, this is probably the best Jaguar in the executive range. If only they could inject a bit of F-Type DNA into the soul of the XF S it would be a dream car…

The Jaguar XF S – hot in an unexpected way

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Like one of the terrifically hot curries from my local Indian, the ‘S’ version of the Jaguar XF is deceptively quick.

This may be down o the fact that it does not have a comedy acoustic exhaust like many fast cars these days – or the softer suspension set-up that smooths over all the bumps as you power through the auto gearbox.

Either way, after a trip up to London and back today, I was mightily impressed by the aforementioned understated nature of this large saloon.

I still find the rotary gearchange control of all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles way too sensitive. But otherwise this is a serious contender for the BMW 5 Series. And much better looking too.

On paper the BMW 5 Series is a better car but the Jaguar XF looks better in the metal

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On paper, it would be fair to say the BMW 5 Series is a better all-rounder than the Jaguar XF. Accountants use a lot a paper – and look how boring they can be.

It’s when you see the latest XF in the metal that this luxury saloon will steal your heart. It’s ten times prettier than the Beemer and turns more heads than any offering from Audi or Mercedes too.

The new XF has better steering and ride qualities than key rivals and somehow – I don’t know how – but Jaguar has achieved a cooler image than anything from Germany too. Although you could argue Audi runs it close.

Day two of running the XF S and I already know this is going to be a fun week. Just as importantly, I love seeing the Jaguar parked on the drive. Which is far more important than anything you read on paper…