I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a Jaguar. I love the way they look. I love the way they sound. And I love the mean kitty emblem. So, it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed my test time in the 2012 XF.
From the redesigned info screen (again, thank you!) and the pop-up rotating dial gear shifter to the sueded headliner that I wanted to rub my face against, I'm finally on board with the interior as well as the exterior of the XF. My one little quibble: There was some kind of a squeak coming from the back of the test car at low speeds. I never could figure out what it was, but I suspect it was shiny new materials rubbing together in the back seat or on the roof.
My sister thought the car looked angry. I have to agree, and, frankly, that's kind of what I liked about it.
While I wouldn't call the XF a city car by any stretch of the imagination, it's sure fun to drive on the highway. And the 385-horsepower engine brought a smile to my face pretty much every time I merged with traffic.
Base price for the XF is $53,000.