Brit saloon scoops WC? Car of the Year 2008; Audi gets three awards
18 January 2008

The new Jaguar XF emerged top of the pile at the annual awards ceremony of our sister magazine What Car? last night, scooping two gongs from the magazine’s panel of judges – Best Executive Car and the coveted Car of the Year award for 2008.“The XF has it all,” said WC? editor Steve Fowler in presenting the award: “it looks fantastic and has a classy, futuristic interior that gives a real sense of occasion. On top of that it’s great to drive, whatever mood you’re in, and is a sound ownership proposition too.”Sixteen other awards were given out on the night, with Audi leading the field among manufacturers by collecting three of them – Best Coupe (for the TT), Best Performance Car (for the R8) and What Car?’s Security Award. A complete breakdown of the night’s award-winners is below.

What Car? Car of the Year Winners 2008

Car of the Year 2008: Jaguar XF 2.7D V6 LuxuryBest Supermini: Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 ClubBest Small Family Car: VW Golf 1.4 TSI 120 MatchBest Family Car: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 ZetecBest Estate Car: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 ZetecBest Compact 4x4: Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4 GSBest Large 4x4: Land Rover Discovery 2.7 TDV6 SEBest Hot Hatchback: Mini Cooper SBest Coupe: Audi TT 2.0 T-FSIBest Open-top: VW Eos 2.0 T-FSI SportBest Performance Car: Audi R8 4.2Best MPV: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi SXBest Compact Executive Car: BMW 320d ESBest Executive Car: Jaguar XF 2.7D V6 LuxuryBest Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz S320 CDIGreen Award: BMW/MiniSafety Award: MercedesSecurity Award: AudiReader Award: Ford Verve Concept

Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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18 January 2008

Suprise, suprise What Car votes...

a Jaguar (XF) car of the year

Jaguar XJ Executive car of the year..

LR Freelander 4x4 compact of the year

LR Discovery 4x4 SUV of the year

I just can't understand with everything What Car is suggesting, how could it could be that Ford are offloading both companies and no major automotive company has shown any interest in them!.

Could it be that in particular the XJ and Disco are not nearly as good as What Car claim?, don't get me wrong I'm not saying they are bad cars but are they class leaders??

21 January 2008

I binned my WhatCar? subscription when they went from talking nonsense some of the time to almost all the time and I now don't care what they have to say.

As for that Jaguar, you can hand the XF all the awards you like and the front of it will still be uglier than a monkey's armpit. Given the company is about to be sold by Ford and bought by an Indian outfit best known as the manufacturer of horrid cheap clown cars, anyone looking for perceived pedigree is going to be better served by the Germans.

Speaking of such, we really need a new 7-Series because although it's ridiculously complex, not that pretty, and indistinguishable from its predecessor in terms of real world driving, the S320 CDI is still winning the luxury laurels. Bleh.

21 January 2008

[quote Maj1c]

Suprise, suprise What Car votes...

a Jaguar (XF) car of the year

Jaguar XJ Executive car of the year..

LR Freelander 4x4 compact of the year

LR Discovery 4x4 SUV of the year

I just can't understand with everything What Car is suggesting, how could it could be that Ford are offloading both companies and no major automotive company has shown any interest in them!.

Could it be that in particular the XJ and Disco are not nearly as good as What Car claim?, don't get me wrong I'm not saying they are bad cars but are they class leaders??

[/quote]

Suppose it's better than being a BMW centric mag..!!

Seriously though - I don't like this car. Was passed by one on trade plates on the A45 the other morning, it was white. It's just another car now - a larger Mondeo with rounded off edges perhaps.

Can't say it held my attention.

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