I’d seen enough spy shots of the new XJ to know what to expect from Ian Callum’s exterior styling (well apart from those rear lights). But, for me, the XJ’s cabin is the real revelation.

To be honest I was expecting the interior and the dash to be XF plus 10 per cent. Nothing wrong with that, as the smaller saloon has one of the best interiors in the business.

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What I wasn’t expecting was something completely different from the rest of the line-up and a cabin whose craftsmanship and quality seems, on first acquaintance, to be right up there with anything that Bentley currently offers.

But it looks a lot more handsome than anything coming out of Crewe. It’s design is way more traditional than the XF but there’s still enough contemporary elements to be in keeping with ‘new Jaguar’.