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BUSINESS FIRST June\July 2012 www.businessfirstmagazine.co.uk


REVIEW


I was delighted to be given the keys of the new Jaguar XJ for a week. This big luxury car may be in a very competitive sector, but I must say from the start that it is nothing like its old fashioned predecessor.


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To start with it has an aluminium body, which not only makes it lighter than the smaller XF, but economical too. The car I drove had a very smooth and effortless 3.0 V6 Twin Turbo Diesel engine which produced over 40 mpg on a run and around 34mpg in town. The specification and quality of fitment are to the highest standards. The very user-friendly entertainment system incorporates touch screen navigation, audio controls, DVD and iPod, surrounded by a mass of luxury leather and walnut wood that matches the quality of other well-known British brands that are far more expensive.


What I love about this car is that it has two driving modes to suit your style and mood. Select Drive and the car becomes beautifully smooth and glides along effortlessly. Select Sport and Dynamic Driving, indicated by a chequered flag, and you will be totally amazed at how the car responds and handles. I drove back from Guildford to Bournemouth on the A31 and never had so much fun on the windy roads and roundabouts.





Jaguar know they have to re-educate luxury cars buyers to look beyond the likes of BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi and this can be seen in the exceptional value for money their business finance packages offer. Let’s be honest, anyone buying a luxury saloon from new will see very heavy depreciation in the first 1-2 years, which understandably can put buyers off. With Jaguar, you can take out a 3 year contract hire agreement on an XJ for only £599 per month + VAT. That is about the same price as you would pay for an average spec mid-size German car. And it gives you a great deal more for your money.


I am totally blown away by how great this car is. I would suggest anyone interested in buying a luxury saloon take a look at the XJ. But make sure you book at least a 24hr test drive as its takes a few hours to get settled in and appreciate its appeal.


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ON BY ROB GROVES





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