The Jaguar XF lives in very competitive segment alongside the BMW 5 series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. All three of those cars offer something Jaguar does not: a four-cylinder diesel engine. This is a curious situation, since 80 percent of all 5 series sales are the four-cylinder 520d model in Jaguar's home market in the UK.
Somebody get the record player out and put on Al Stewart, because this is turning into The Year of the Cat. The English marque just showed off the new XFR and XKR, a slightly modified XFR broke the company's speed record formerly held by the Jaguar XJ220, and chatter suggests that the automaker is working on a new supercar. On top of all that, the Jaguar XF 2.7 V6 Diesel Luxury has won the What Car? magazine award for Best Executive Sedan for the second year in a row.
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the new Jaguar XF, but here in the US we only get to select from among two powertrains, both 4.2L V8s, one with and the other without a supercharger. Over in the home country, XF buyers can also select from a pair of V6 engines running on either gasoline or diesel. The diesel is a twin turbo 2.7L that was originally developed with Peugeot and is built at the Ford diesel factory in Dagenham England. Popular Mechanics had the chance to spend