Being an art editor on wheels, it’s not often I get to partake in the joys of driving a test car. It therefore came as a mild surprise when last week editor Amit handed me the key to the XF and said I could have it for a few days. The catch? I would have to get it cleaned and take it for a shoot the following morning. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, etc…

Anyway, back to the Jag. Start the engine and the gear selector rises from the centre console, while the AC vents perform their synchronised opening act; it’s all very dramatic, but what follows next is a bit of a let down. The graphics on the main screen are too basic and in no way live up to the hi-tech starting procedure.

I also had a tough time trying to find the button that would display information such as driving range, tyre pressure and all the other important bits you should know while you’re behind the wheel of a car.

Sudden acceleration demands are also met with some initial lag from the engine, unless you happen to be in Sport mode.

However, on the upside, the cabin is roomy with enough leg- and headroom for both front and rear passengers, while the boot is adequately spacious.