It seems like a week for confessions – several of AROnline‘s readers joined me and came off the fence to admit their positive feelings towards the German cars they own. If you’re in the same boat, do speak out and, conversely, you think we’re off our tree, give it to us with both barrels.
Anyway, here’s another confession. I am underwhelmed by the new Jaguar XJ’s styling. Yes, it’s imposing, yes, it’s modern and, yes… it might tempt a few people out of their Audi A8s, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Classes, but the lack of innovation is disappointing, especially after the gorgeous XF seemed to work so well.
We’re supposed to go ‘wow’ the first time we see a car of this importance. What did I really think? ‘Meh’…
Don’t get me wrong, it looks good, and there’s undoubtedly plenty of road presence thanks to its full depth plasti-chrome grille and C-XF headlamps, but, now the marque has been rebooted, why not try being a bit braver with the flagship XJ?
The glasshouse is pure Audi, the rear end is less than a happy homage to Bentley’s Continental and only the front end works well as a Jaguar. I’ll no doubt be something of a lone voice in criticising the XJ, but there you go: I am disappointed and I think Ian Callum and his team can do so much better…
This one’s going to run and run.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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