Executive finalist: JAGUAR XF
Here’s a car you choose with your heart as well as your head.
We’re big fans of the XF, a big cat that prowls the roads with a sinuous presence.
It is a driver’s car above all, with rapid performance and taut muscular litheness around the bends.
But it also says a lot about you with its sleek style and strong street presence.
The cabin’s cool theatricality distinguishes the experience of being in the XF.
There is an animal warmth to the way it comes to life with swivelling vents and rising transmission controller when you switch on.
The driving experience is alive too.
Commended: BMW 5 Series
Luxury finalist: JAGUAR XJ
With the XJ, Jaguar reinvented the luxury car, shifting the emphasis from staid to sensuous.
From red carpet showbiz events to Downing Street, the luxury class Jaguar has become a default choice for top people and grand occasions.
Its back seat glamour disguises what a great car it is to drive, with its silky 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine delivering swift performance in a luxury saloon.
Although it’s a large car, the XJ drives small, with nimble handling that belies its bulk.
That is what distinguishes a truly great luxury car from the also-rans.
Proudly British and emphatically good, the XJ presses all the right buttons.
Commended: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Sports Finalist: BMW 6 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ
One of the key tests of a great car is that you nip into it for a short trip and find that you just want to keep driving on and on.
That is how the 6 Series Gran Coupé makes us feel.
No journey is too long behind the wheel in this one, thanks to a meaty 308bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine that delivers superfluous performance.
It exudes sporty precision and is perfectly equipped for crossing continents, not just countries or cities.
Once in and settled behind the wheel, you have to be shoehorned out again, because it’s not a driving seat that you vacate willingly.
Riviera, here we come.
Commended: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
And the winner is…
|Prices||£29,945 to £49,010|
|Engines||2.2 (161bhp), 2.2 (197bhp), 3.0 V6 (237bhp), 3.0 V6 (271bhp)|
|Trim Levels||SE, SE Business, Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury, Portfolio|