The Jaguar XF design has been modified over time, with the most significant changes being made in 2012. These styling changes give the XF the front-end it should always have had: sleeker and more in keeping with the graceful lines that make this (by the estimation of all our testers, at least) the best-looking car in its class by some margin.

The back end and interior were tweaked, too. Rear lights have been given LEDs and redesigned so that they extend further into the boot beneath the chrome strip. This seems to balance the styling a little, even if the changes are fairly subtle.

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
In my estimation, the XF is the best looking car in its class

Inside, the XF got a very subtle tidy-up, improving the ergonomics but maintaining its design flair, that has always helped the car stand out from its class rivals.

Mechanically, the XF follows Jaguar tradition, with a range of front, longitudinally mounted engines and rear-wheel drive. All Jaguars now come with automatic gearboxes, regardless of your engine choice.

The range begins with the 2.2-litre diesel, available in two states of tune, and extends to two variants of the 3.0-litre diesel.  There is also a petrol option, in the form of a 3.0 V6. Above the volume-sellers sits the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 XFR, which is still our choice of super-saloon in the segment.

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There are six Jaguar XF trim levels: SE, SE Business, Luxury, Portfolio, Premium Luxury, Sport and S. However, not all are sold in conjunction with every drivetrain option, so buyers may not have the choice they expect. Entry-level kit includes stop-start, alloys, dual-zone climate control, electric seat adjustment, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-parking aid. 

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