A couple of weeks ago a couple of cats came into my life in the same week – my new little mate Malmo and the striking Jaguar XF.
I cannot lie, I am a bigger fan of Malmo than I am of the Jag… but only because I cannot keep the Jag and must maintain my affection for my new fur friend if that’s to “work out”.
It could be argued – quite easily I’d suggest – that the Jag XF has a lot more to offer than Malmo, is capable of a lot more than Malmo and is overall more impressive than Malmo.
I don’t like to argue, so hopefully this pic of Malmo settles any debate over what’s better, our new kitten or the inspiring Jaguar XF at the entry price of $89,800, and I can get on with telling you what makes the car so good.
There’s no denying it, the Jaguar looked the goods with its muscular coupe-like design coupled with the midnight blue paint job on our test drive model.
Classy leather interior, ample room throughout, impressive and functional dash layout with all the bells and whistles one could desire also build the case for this big cat to make waves in the large car segment.
The executive sedan is, like most cars in this class, equipped with a range of driving modes to shuffle through depending on your mood/conditions. While in the Jag they range from “eco” to “dynamic” I tended to keep it in the latter, no matter what the conditions… and my mood tended to stay in the very positive sector as a result.
It sports an eight-speed auto, along with a cool rotator gear shift, and steering will paddle shifts should that be your game, and coupled with the turbocharged 2.0litre 4-cylinder petrol engine tested, there’s performance aplenty.
It produces 177kW of power and 340Nm of torque, and has no problem making this cat pounce off the line with a claimed 0-100km/h in 7 seconds while sucking up the fuel at a rate of 7.5L/100km.
And the Jag XF, with its stiff lightweight aluminium body assisting, makes for a smooth ride, its “feet” well planted and the suspension ironing out the bumps well.
It’s an impressive cat… just not as cute as Malmo we can all surely agree.