British car guide WhatCar?
has announced its 2008 car of the year awards. The categories range from supermini to performance, and every class in-between. Throughout the results common themes are apparent. No matter what type of vehicle they are looking for, British consumers are in need of everyday practicality along with fuel economy
. Practicality comes in the form of tight packages that do not sacrifice storage space or good handling characteristics. Fuel economy comes in the form of small diesel
engines powering almost every vehicle on the list. WhatCar?
also seems to have a bit of a bias towards makes with British heritage. It named the Jaguar XF
2.7D V6 Luxury their overall 2008 Car of the Year. The Jag was also the winner of the executive car category. They noted that the car's classic refined Jaguar
design mixed with modern details is what won them over.