Photo gallery: 2012 Jaguar XF

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.

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  • I'm not sure about the definition of "angry" in this context, but it seems like a lot of cars are going to the gaping maw grille and slanted, narrow headlights. Cf. the redesigned Ford Focus and Taurus. Heck, the angle on the left headlight assembly (as one faces it) corresponds to the angle of the leaping cat logo. I wonder if that's intentional.

    The question is, of course, whether it has an angry exhaust note to go with it.

    Notwithstanding what I said in the first paragraph, the front end of the Fiskar Karma looks like the Cheshire Cat.

  • In reply to jack:

    I meant Ford Fusion. Focus and Mazda 3 have a gaping maw of a different kind.

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