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The New 2012 Jaguar Range – Road Tested And Reviewed


This year saw the arrival of the new Jaguar range, superb drives updated and improved significantly. First impressions; stunning to look at, jaw dropping performance when driving, cutting edge features inside and all this at very good value for money.

If you wanted to take a closer look at one in person we suggest heading to HA Fox Jaguar, while this review will give you a good account on these superb pieces of machinery, seeing them in person allows you to see their true beauty.



Jaguar XF Saloon

The new 2012 Jaguar XF has many new and fantastic updates, with a beautiful sleeker look on the outside and new seating designs and upgrades on the inside. However, we want to know just how well this car performs.

Handling
This is as sharp as ever, and a real joy to drive. The stability control gives the sporty handling a feeling of control and power bundled in with that slight nervousness you always get with a car this powerful.

Braking
The antilock brakes are as solid as you would always expect from Jaguar, in brake tests we did in it took 108 feet to stop after going at 60 mph, which is extremely impressive. A high powered car needs good stopping power, this certainly won’t let you down in that respect.

Steering
The steering really is a dream, the way this car just seems to grip the road and nip around corners as if they were not there is a true compliment to the design infrastructure. This just ensures this car is not just fun to drive but responsive when it needs to be.

Basic Specs
Price - From £30,000 To £65,000
Drive train – Rear Wheel Drive
Weight – 4067 lbs
Miles Per Gallon City – 16
Miles Per Gallon Motorway – 23
BHP – 385 at 6500 RPM
Torque – 380 lb at 3500 ft
Length – 195.3 Inches
Width – 80.8 Inches
Height – 57.5 Inches



Jaguar XK Sports Coupe
In 2012 the new XK sports coupe sports a new sleek look comparable to that of the Aston Martin DB9, which is certainly not a bad thing. This car has the looks, the technology and most definitely the performance. Let’s see just how well it performs.

Handling
The handling is excellent, with a very finely tuned suspension, and a good solid and rigid structure, it allows for a very refined ride. Hitting speeds of up to 60 mph in about 4 and a half seconds, you can feel the stability underneath you as you embark on your fun filled drive.

Braking
Of course with antilock brakes and stability controls standard the XK offers superb and very surprising stopping power. Our test from 60 mph resulted in just 111 feet, which for a car in this class is right at the top end of performance. It certainly gives you that secure feeling of safety that Jaguar would have been sure to insist on.

Steering
The XK is always renowned for its straight line speed and cruising abilities however, its ultra lightweight aluminum construct and suspension which is adjustable makes this car extremely good through the corners. It is able to literally carve its own lines through corners, a simply flawless sports car.

Basic Specs
Price – From £65,000
Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
Weight 3770 lbs
Miles Per Gallon City – 16
Miles Per Gallon Motorway – 24
BHP – 385 at 6500 RPM
Torque – 380 lb at 3500 ft
Length – 188.7 Inches
Width – 74.5 Inches
Height – 52.0 Inches



Jaguar XJ
For its class this car offers fantastic value for money against its counterparts. It is priced at less than its German rivals yet offers more standard features than any of them, additionally the higher you go, the more value for money you get. The performance is of the utmost quality too, constantly leading the field in its class, in practically every way.

Handling
Increased use of aluminum in the body and chassis enable the 2012 edition to have extremely nimble handling even at top speeds. Everybody knows how important good handling is, and this model certainly scores highly in that department.

Braking
Again as standard are the antilock brakes, stability control and traction control. It brakes within 125 feet from stopping at 60 mph. Anyone buying a car wants to be safe in the knowledge they have the ability to stop quickly and safely, in that respect you won’t find many better than the XJ.

Steering
Steering is definitely one of the XJ’s stand out points, for its size it has incredibly deceptive agility through steering. This is most likely down to a combination of the aluminum chassis and communicative steering. The XJ is fantastically responsive and goes exactly where you want it around a corner, the grip it has on the tarmac is second to none.

Basic Specs
Price – From £75,000 - £120,000
Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
Weight 4045 lbs
Miles Per Gallon City – 16
Miles Per Gallon Motorway – 23
BHP – 385 at 6500 RPM
Torque – 380 lb at 3500 ft
Length – 201.7 Inches
Width – 74.6 Inches
Height – 57.0 Inches


Thanks for taking the time to read these short reviews, head on over the HA Fox Jaguar and test drive one of these wonderful new models.








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