It’s rare that you get an invite to come along and listen to a new car’s audio system, but when Jaguar suggested I do just that with the new XF I couldn’t resist.


Jaguar is, understandably, making a big deal out of the XF’s sound system.

It’s created by Bowers and Wilkins – a British audio company that provides Abbey Road studios with all its speakers, and which represents the holy grail for audiophiles.

The 440W system fitted to the XF boasts fourteen speakers, Dolby surround sound and a system tuned to offer faithful sound reproduction.

All kinds of technical trickery is used to achieve this, including speaker cones made out of Kevlar – the same stuff you make a bullet-proof jacket out of. So no distortion there, then.

I tried just about every variety of music at every level, and I reckon it's the best in-car audio system out there (that's including the phenomenal Lexus LS).

The only bum note was that we weren't allowed to run the car's engine (let alone drive it), so I couldn't tell you how affected the sound quality might be by road noise, etc. That will be the true test.