There's snow. There's chaos.

But as I'm a motoring journalist, not a sensationalist BBC weather reporter for whom, almost literally, Christmas appears to have come twice, these freak weather conditions presented an ideal opportunity to test our Jaguar XF in the snow, rather than stay indoors and wait for the world to end.

The great news for cautious XF owners - and that small group of potential British buyers who've been put off putting their money on the table only because they're worried how it'll perform in one of our notorious once-in-every-20-years winters - is that it's remarkably civilised when the going gets tough.