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.

I started the engine, put the screen heaters on, removed at least six inches of snow from all over the car and pulled out into my road. Not really a major achievement. But the next road was blocked by a Volvo estate whose owner looked as though he was doing his utmost to get the car completely crossed up, though I suspect he was trying and failing to do the complete opposite.

This meant that I had to come to a halt - possibly the worst situation when traction is an issue. But despite his slow progress, when he finally moved I just squeezed the accelerator and the combination of being in second, a good linear power delivery and sensible weight distribution meant that I just pulled away.

So, there you have it. Jag 1, Volvo 0.