This weekend I had a wedding to attend and then a trip deep into Wales to fulfil one of Toni's last requests.
Requiring decent luggage space, a good stereo and lots of comfort (plus I just wanted to try one) I decided to forego the Porsche and rent a new Jaguar XE from Avis Prestige. I got a 3.0 supercharged version which has the 340bhp engine from the entry level F type. Which is 100 bhp more than my Porker. Yay!
Fuck me, what a car the XE S is. The power is just fantastic - you put your foot down at even part throttle and you're flung back into the seat. Acceleration is absurdly fast, and the noise it makes is just incredible. You find yourself flooring the throttle just to hear it again and again. And you giggle like a loon every time. It never gets boring.
The chassis, though, is what sets it apart from the herd. BMW and Mercedes must be weeping at how much better it is (forget Audi, they've not made a car that is good to drive since the original Quattro). It rides so well and comfortably and yet it steers and corners like nothing else I've ever experienced. It's not so much like it's on rails as though it's being guided by a supernatural force. On the winding A and B roads of mid-Wales it was an utter revelation. I've never found a corner I've needed to slow the Boxster down for, but that's kind of its only trick. The Jaguar outclasses it totally.
Sadly my company list only offers the 2 litre turbodiesels. Fucking stupid carbon emissions.