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THOUGHTS of Jaguar still being part of the tweed-jacket-and-pipe brigade are quickly disappearing with the launch of the XF range.

THOUGHTS of Jaguar still being part of the tweed-jacket-and-pipe brigade are quickly disappearing with the launch of the XF range.

Available in a number of models the XF retains the distinctive Jaguar heritage with a shot of panache to give it a new look.

The 3,0-litre diesel, which was available for a short drive last week, has taken on board the latest technology to produce a car that provides fair amount of power but is equally friendly to the environment.

The gearbox, if I can call it that, is quite novel. It consists of a simple dial on the central console that you turn to select your gear. The "handbrake" is also a simple switch that is effortless to use.

The terms diesel and "performance" are not often used in the same breath but Jaguar has somehow managed to marry the two and the result is a happy unison.

Expect a combined fuel economy in the region of 6,8 litres per 100km travelled and a top speed of 250kmh, which are pretty impressive figures. The XF range makes use of the 6-speed automatic gearbox that provides a smooth ride and takes the hassle out of constantly changing gears when driving about town.

Legroom is ample, whether riding in front or in the rear, and outside noise minimal with the windows up.

Jaguar's XF range is definitely the more sensible buy and should be lapped up by accountants and lawyers alike, but if you want to unleash the hooligan lurking beneath that 3-piece suit, then consider the XK.

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