So we got a Honda Accord and Jaguar XF
This week is turning out to be hectic. After returning the CSV CR8, we drove to a GM/RTA press conference halfway across Dubai in evening traffic in my manual BMW, only to find out it was cancelled and no one told us. Wasting the whole of yesterday night, we had to wake up early today and run around town to pick up two cars. One is the long-awaited Honda Accord V6, and the other is the exquisite Jaguar XF.
While the Honda Accord V6 is the top version of that midsizer, we are guessing that our Jaguar XF happens to be the “basic” V6 version. We say so because the XF felt seemly out-of-breath when we first floored it. However, it also seems that even this version gets all the fancy toys, such as the leather-lined dashboard, the hideaway a/c vents, the rotary-dial gear shifter that rises up from the centre console, and the touchscreen computer. The top Accord felt pedestrian in comparison. I thought midsize cars were reaching luxury-marque levels of equipment nowadays?
However, assuming our Jag really is the V6 version (pending a peek under the hood thanks to a lack of external badges), we can safely say that the Accord easily feels more lively engine-wise. Also, comparing the Jag’s interior to an Accord’s is rather unfair, since the Jag’s cabin-coolness puts even all other luxury brands to shame. The play of vents and dials is fun to watch.
Anyway, after all that running around, the morning was wasted so we didn’t have time to test the cars at all. But tomorrow is another day. And we have another car lined up before the week is over.
Update: Our XF turned out to be the 4.2-litre V8 mid-range model.