Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar E-Pace stunt.

Small is beautiful, and particularly so when the object of desire is the new E-Pace. This newborn cub from the Jaguar lair has been created to compete in the booming compact SUV segment. It follows on from the F-Pace to give the British brand a two-pronged presence in a sector which continues to grow at a rapid rate. Indeed, globally, the brand sold 26,000 more F-Pace models last year than the total number of Jaguars sold in 2011. That instantly puts the importance of these new SUV models into perspective….

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To Portofino By Jaguar

Peter Herbert's Jaguar XKR en route to Portofino.

Hull, City of Culture, is looking particularly moody beneath a grey threatening sky as we make our way through a barren landscape of factory units, car dealerships and wasteland to the King George Dock. Aboard the good ship Pride Of York the news is not good. Engine trouble will delay our overnight departure for Zeebrugge, a disappointment only compounded by the surly Spanish waiters serving dinner. It is as if they are still mourning the fall of Franco. But hey, this is the start of a continental road trip, and…

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Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S

White, unregistered Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S.

As I fired up the six-cylinder Jaguar early one morning at the start of a journey from Glasgow to Inverness, it occurred to me that I was about to do what many enthusiastic drivers must have done back in the 1950s, and hoped that my experience was going to be exhilarating and rewarding as theirs had been. Between Scotland’s largest city and the capital of the Highlands there are two obvious routes. The quicker one takes you up through the centre of the country, mostly on the A9, which is…

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Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 2+2

Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 2+2.

The most important thing, as any film star will tell you, is not to make eye contact. So although I’m conscious of the onlookers who are obviously regarding me as That Bloke Who’s About To Drive The E-Type, I don’t encourage any of them to start talking to me. Because if they did, I would quickly have to admit that it isn’t my car, and it’s not for sale, and I couldn’t afford to buy it if it were, and this whole experience is barely going to last half an…

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Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport AWD Automatic

Silver Jaguar F-Pace.

Gloom and despondency settled upon me within thirty seconds of climbing aboard the F-Pace R-Sport test car. Before setting off, I had to adjust the door mirrors and open the driver’s-side window. These matters may be attended to by operating switches on a little panel close to the window itself, and after the third or fourth prod they all stopped working. They fixed themselves somehow, but only after I’d locked the car and unlocked it several times, the last of them (following advice given during a high-pitched phone call) with…

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Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible cornering at speed on a race circuit.

The first F-Type to use Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged five-litre V8 engine was rear-wheel drive, for the simple reason that that was the only configuration available at the time. Even in those days, the engine was available in other cars with over 500bhp, but for this one Jaguar restricted its output to a relatively modest 488. It was a wise move, because this was about as much as the chassis could cope with, and perhaps even slightly more than that. In dry conditions it needed watching. In the wet, it…

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Jaguar F-Pace

Silver Jaguar F-Pace in action.

There will be those who, until they are finally gathered to God (and, if applicable, for all eternity afterwards), will angrily resent the arrival of the F-Pace, feeling that Jaguar has entered a market sector it has no business occupying. Understandable though this traditionalist view may be, the idea of a premium sports car manufacturer fashioning an SUV makes so much business sense as to be almost unavoidable. Porsche entered the game very early. The Cayenne made its debut more than a decade ago, and has done the company an…

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