Indeed, our only complaint regarding the suspension is that the occasional sharp ridge or particularly nasty compression could send a thud through the chassis. It’s worth mentioning that this is something you hear much more than feel.
As for the engine, it’s certainly an effective unit once the revs have passed 3000rpm - no surprise when peak torque is up at 4500rpm. Those expecting a diesel-like shove from barely above idle may be disappointed, but then the oil-burner won’t spin round to 7000rpm.
As you’d hope from a supercharged unit, there’s no sudden lump of power. The ramp-up of urge is linear and very easy to judge with your right foot. It’s not as creamy as you might expect from a V6 though.
Nor is it particularly sonorous. You can tell there are six-cylinders and a supercharger under the bonnet, but the exhaust note doesn’t egg you on. Even cracking a window open doesn’t improve things; there’s none of the aural fireworks you get from an F-Type.
The gearbox is the familiar eight-speed ZF auto with paddles for manual shifts. For the most part it’s a smooth gearbox, although it does share the same hesitancy when pulling away from a standstill that seems to blight Jaguars.
As for the interior, like the other XFs we’ve tested it has a roomy cabin for passengers both front and rear. Thanks to plenty of adjustment, it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel and at first glance this seems an attractive place to be.
Further investigation reveals some cheap-feeling plastics in surprisingly obvious places. This may be hard to stomach on a £32,000 car, but it's even more disappointing when you consider the model we tested costs more than £60,000 after options.
Not that you need to option too much. On top of the standard 8in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and a variety of connectivity options, the S also gains a powerful, high-quality Meridian sound system.
There are also heated leather sports seats up front, adaptive cruise control, keyless start, a suitably sporty bodykit with wide spaced twin exhaust pipes and adaptive dampers thrown in for the £49,945 asking price.