For anyone in any doubt that the current state of the art when it comes to combining real-world usability with low fuel consumption lies with diesel, they only need to look at the incredible achievement racked up by the Jaguar XF 2.2D. A factory-backed team crossed the USA, from New York to Los Angeles, averaging 62.9mpg over 2884-miles.
Finishing in Los Angeles, California on Monday, 14 November, the journey – the equivalent of travelling from London to the Sahara – took in 11 states, three time zones and eight days. Yet the XF only required four stops for fuel – its peak economy of 67mpg being achieved on the penultimate day of the trip.
Driven by independent testers, David and Alexander Madgwick, the XF 2.2D was a standard UK registered, right-hand drive vehicle. In the course of the coast to coast adventure, the car maintained an average speed of 53mph incorporating a multitude of real-life scenarios including the busy roads exiting New York and, towards the end of the trip, entering Los Angeles, road works, high winds and a climb to 7275 feet above sea level.
The run is a clear demonstration of the four-cylinder XF’s long-legged prowess, and the efficiency of its powerplant on long runs in sometimes arduous conditions. Congratulations to Jaguar from AROnline.