This was an amazing car to own - it had the looks, speed and comfort level to rival any BMW or Mercedes. Being a V8 it accelerated with so much vigour (in sport mode) or just cruised along in drive mode and it did so with sheer elegance. It was equipped with all mod cons - cruise, climate control, leather seats, electric sunroof/mirrors, 17 inch alloys as standard, ABS, central locking with remote control alarm. It also had some special touches, such as electric self clean/lubricating aerial 10 CD boot changer, and remote control headlight operation from the key fob. Comfort wise, it would seat 4 people of ample proportions (including the driver). One of the downsides was that it was, sadly unreliable, and expensive to fix! The petrol consumption was also high, even at low speeds (although being a V8 it was expected).Overall, when it ran it was amazing to drive, but when it broke down i knew it would be a phone call to the AA and costly repair bill. Servicing costs came to around £300 from the dealership and any paintwork problems required a trip to the dealership as regular garages did not have the equipment available to specially repaint these cars.
I love, love, love this car. Just looking at it parked in my drive makes me happy; sleek and powerful. When you slide inside, switch on the V8 and hear it purr... I like the Sport more than the Executive as it handles better, and looks more aggressive. The wide tyres do produce some noise but not enough to disturb the driver and it feels firmly planted on the road. The other models with their softer suspension have a slight tendency to wallow around corners while this handles almost as well as my previous car, the Ford Focus. I bought it 2nd hand from my Jaguar showroom and their service cannot be faulted; any wrongs immediately rectified, the car valeted. Only downside is parking - you can't see the rear of the car. But overall, a stunning car and (secondhand) very good value.