The Jaguar XF has yet again been voted 'Car of the Year' – its fourth top title win since being launched in March. This time the premier award comes courtesy of Auto Express in their New Car Honours 2008.  Jaguar's multi-award winning sports saloon claimed its crown following victory in the 'Best Executive Car' category ahead of the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes CLS and E-Class, the Audi A6 and the Lexus GS.

Dan Strong, Editor of Auto Express magazine, said: "Jaguar's XF is a machine that has proved the doubters wrong. It's a car that impresses on every level, from design to drivability, practicality to price.

"But that's not the only reason why our judges chose this car. Our winner has raised the standards in a class where excellence is considered the norm. It's a home-grown package, designed and developed in the UK and built by a highly-skilled workforce."

Jaguar XF

Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director of Jaguar Cars said: "I am absolutely thrilled Auto Express – the UK's biggest selling weekly motoring magazine – has awarded the XF with its top accolade. This has been a fantastic year for Jaguar with the XF leading the success of our revitalisation plan. In July, total Jaguar sales were up 29.2% versus the same month last year and we now have over 7,000 orders for XF in the UK and more than 22,000 worldwide - we couldn't be more pleased with the reaction it has received."

Jaguar XF

What Car? magazine, What Diesel magazine and The Sun Motoring also named the XF 'Car of the Year' while Top Gear magazine hailed it their 'Limo of the Year'. Other notable awards include 'Interior of the Year' from CAR magazine and the 'Design Award' from Autocar magazine.

Most recently, the optional top-of-the-range 440 watt Bowers & Wilkins in-car audio system in the Jaguar XF was voted Best Buy under £100,000 by The What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Ultimate Guide to High End Entertainment.

Priced from £33,900 for the 2.7-litre diesel, the XF comes as standard with a generous specification featuring a host of innovative, industry-leading equipment.  Highlights include the all-new JaguarDrive Selector™ and JaguarSense™ - a smart technical solution introducing touch or proximity-sensing control for overhead console lights and glovebox.

Jaguar\'s PD Director Phil Hodgkinson (left) and Design Director Ian Callum collected Jaguar\'s two awards from Auto Express

These highlights have all contributed to the class-leading residual values of the XF. Both CAP and EutotaxGlass's have rated the diesel derivative above its BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Audi competitors with an RV after 36 months / 36,000 miles of 50% of the original value*.

*XF 2.7-litre diesel Luxury residual value of 50.7% (36 months / 36,000 miles) given by CAP is best-in-class versus figures of 45.3% for the BMW 525d SE auto, 44.4% for the Audi A6 3.0TDI Quattro SE and 41.6% for the Mercedes-Benz E280 CDI Classic auto. The 50% figure from EurotaxGlass's for the 2.7-litre diesel Luxury XF after 36 months / 36,000 miles is best-in-class over the BMW 525d 2.5-litre at 48% and the Audi A6 3.0 TDI at 49% and the Mercedes-Benz E280 CDI Elegance which has a residual value of 44%.

The XF is available with a choice of engines – 3.0 litre V6; 2.7 litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel; 4.2 litre V8; 4.2 litre supercharged V8 – and specification. All XFs have a six-speed automatic transmission which features Jaguar Sequential Shift™, allowing drivers the option of one-touch manual gearshift using steering wheel-mounted paddle controls.

The XF range in the UK

Model

On-the-road price

3.0 litre V6 Luxury

£33,900

2.7 litre V6 Diesel Luxury

£33,900

3.0 litre V6 Premium Luxury

£37,500

2.7 litre V6 Diesel Premium Luxury

£37,500

4.2 litre V8 Premium Luxury

£45,500

4.2 litre Supercharged SV8

£54,900