Jaguar’s new XF 2.2 diesel has achieved an epic 816 mile journey on a single tank of fuel, averaging 57mpg in a trip from the Castle Bromwich factory to Munich.
Driven by hyper-miler David Madgwick, an independent tester, and accompanied by navigator Alexander Madgwick (who we are guessing may be some relation), the bog standard XF passed through four countries on its way to the BMW heartland and the run encompassed winding country roads, motorways and dense urban traffic. In total, Jaguar’s recently facelifted mid-sized executive car consumed just 64-litres of derv to average a pretty good 57 mpg.
The XF 2.2 diesel will go on sale in September 2011 and is aimed at lifting Jaguar’s share of a market dominated by the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, all of which have small capacity diesel engines — and diesel sales can account for two thirds or more of sales of those competitors. The XF has had a 3.0 V6 diesel — versions of which can also be found in the Land Rover Discover 4 and Range Rover Sport — for some time, but that model has struggled to compete on price, fuel consumption, running costs and emissions with the best the Germans can offer.
The new 2.2 four cylinder engine, based on a Ford unit and shared with the Land Rover Freelander 2 and forthcoming Evoque, should change things and surely lead to a sales surge for the resurgent British car maker. Coming in with 190PS and 332 lbs/ft of toque, the new car can cover the 0-62mph dash in 8.5 seconds on the way to a 140mph maximum. CO2 levels are 149g/km, down from 169g/km in the 3.0, thanks to the smaller capacity engine, a stop/start system and a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The car also benefits from the recently announced refresh of the exterior styling and upgraded interior materials of all XFs.
The Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel goes on sale in September from £30,950 for SE spec, but will also be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Portfolio trim levels, topping out at £43,050.