Jaguar : XF wins What Diesel’s ‘Best Executive Car’ award
The Jaguar XF has been crowned ‘Best Executive Car’ for the second year running at the What Diesel Magazine Awards 2009. Voted for by the magazine’s readers and a panel of motor industry experts, the XF came out ahead of a number of significant competitors including those frpm Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
In 2008, the XF picked up What Diesel’s top prize of ‘Car of the Year’ and has won more than 20 international accolades since its launch, including What Car? ‘Car of the Year’, Auto Express ‘Car of the Year’ and Top Gear ‘Limo of the Year’.
Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director, Jaguar Cars said: ‘Another fantastic win for the XF from What Diesel magazine and particularly significant as the diesel market accounts for 80 percent of XF sales in the UK. The XF range has been enhanced even more in 2009 and includes a new 3.0-litre Diesel S offering a marked improvement in CO2 and fuel economy over the 2.7-litre engine it replaces. These benefits, combined with a generous specification and a competitive price of £36,900 make this new diesel an irresistible choice for the customer.’
The XF Diesel S is a stunning new high-performance diesel distinguished by 19 inch wheels, an aerodynamic boot lid spoiler and discreet ‘S’ badging. Powered by a 275PS engine, it gives outstanding levels of performance, accelerating from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, 1.8 seconds quicker than the excellent 2.7-litre model.
The equally impressive 240PS version of the new 3.0-litre engine produces 16 percent more power and a 15 percent increase in torque over the 2.7-litre diesel, allowing the XF to reach 60mph in 6.7 seconds.
These new 3.0-litre diesel engines produce 10 percent less CO2 than the 2.7-litre, while power has increased by 33 percent in Diesel S guise. As well as tackling CO2, the new 3.0-litre engines meet the forthcoming EU5 regulations, due to come into force at the start of 2011. These significant performance leaps are achieved with combined average fuel consumption in both models of 42.0mpg – an improvement on the 2.7-litre engine of 12 percent.