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Jaguar has one of the most powerful brand names in the world – its leaping cat logo is instantly recognisable – and usually associated with descriptions such as sophisticated, precision engineered and modern.

Do the latest models of this icon beast live up to its illustrious past? We’ll take a look at just a few of the current offerings, but first let’s set the background.

The first Jaguar was actually a motorcycle sidecar, built in 1922 by the Swallow Sidecar Co, or SS for short. It was 1935 before SS launched its first car, the SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon. Understandably, ‘SS’ had bad wartime connotations by 1945, so the company chose to be simply known as Jaguar. With the phenomenal XK120, XK150 and of course the iconic E-Type, Jaguar became ever-synonymous with amazing sports cars and to-die-for styling.

A big cat that sips fuel

You might think that luxury Jaguars will be thirsty beasts but the XF in particular does very well in this regard with the 2.2 litre diesel model returning 55.4mpg on the combined cycle. Even the performance 3.0 litre V6 model manages a shade under 30mpg. The luxury XJ model manages between 46mpg and 24mpg depending on the variant. The F-Type, meanwhile, can achieve 25mpg to 31mpg depending on engine choice. The big 5.0 litre under the bonnet of the XK is not quite as frugal, returning between 23mpg and 25mpg.

Looking after your Jaguar

It is important to look after your Jaguar properly and get it serviced regularly at an authorised dealer. This also protects your warranty and maximises the price you will get when you come to sell. Service intervals are yearly across the Jaguar range or after 10,000 or 15,000 miles depending on model. A standard service will cost upwards of £200.

Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type continues Jaguar’s reputation for building distinctively styled, precision engineered, high performance sports cars. The F-Type continues this more than distinguished bloodline with an evident touch of class.

It has been described as:

  • one of the best performance cars of 2014, in terms of what your money can buy;
  • delivering a wide performance spectrum that is both quick and capable;
  • a natural successor to the iconic E-Type; and
  • having ample and impressive on-board, in-cabin equipment.

It is likely to be a very rare driver who does not dream of owning a Jaguar and the F-Type seems set to build a history as distinguished as its E-Type predecessor. You can get a used F-Type from around £48,000, which equates to £801.50 over 60 months if you arrange finance with us. Based on having a deposit of £6,000 and an excellent credit history

Jaguar X-Type

The original X-Type was launched as long ago as 2001 although the designation lives on in a range of X series Jaguars – the XE, XF, XJ and XK respectively.

During its production run from 2001 until 2009 the Jaguar X-Type was a well-respected motor car, the smallest in the company’s range. It was made at the company’s Halewood plant, near Liverpool.

According to industry insiders, the Jaguar X-Type is still:

  • good to drive;
  • retains its distinctive good looks; and
  • makes a good second hand buy.

The price of a second hand Jaguar X-Type of course depends upon its age and condition. Trade magazines tend to put the price of one in good condition and reasonable mileage at around £5,000. With Carfinance247, that represents payments of £122.11 over 48 months. Based on a fair credit history and a £500 deposit.

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF range is intended to bring the luxury, comfort and performance of a renowned marque at an affordable price. Its award-winning technological innovations, spaciousness and driving experience add up to a much coveted driving machine. Commentators have praised the Jaguar XF for:

  • its impressive lineup of different engines;
  • its elegant good looks; and
  • a perfect blend of comfort and performance.

If you want to join the somewhat exclusive club of Jaguar owners, the starting price of an XF is a very reasonable £29,945 – which our finance terms would involve monthly payments of just £476.03 over 60 months. Calculated on having a £5,000 trade in or deposit and an excellent credit history.

If owning a soon-to-be classic Jaguar may have seemed beyond your reach, you may want to think again and contact us to discover just how painless it might be.

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