Jaguar's axed its old retro-dominated designs for extravagance and ultramodernity--and it's a rollicking success, nowhere more convincingly than in the XF sedan.
Benchmarked against cars like the new Audi A7 and the Mercedes CLS, the XF's still the stunning styling leader, an instant classic, with the curves and catlike cues that connote the brand and the reinvention Jaguar's pulling off, car by car. The grille is still mesh, the proportions are still classically influenced, but little else bears any resemblance to the cars Jaguar sold for the two decades before the XF was introduced in 2009. It's almost the ne plus ultra evolution of Infiniti, all essence and sophistication--or is it an affordable Aston? That gives you a better sense of context for its looks than anything save for a firsthand look.