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2012 Nissan Rouge SV
by Dave Stall

2012 Nissan Rouge SVJaguar has always stood for luxury and performance but for some, lacked reliability. The Jaguar XF Supercharged has changed that and performance and reliability is now on the top of the list.

My tester is really a sleeper. It’s painted a beautiful Polaris White with Barley Truffle leather interior with custom stitching. Anyone behind the wheel will experience comfort from a well-built seat to amenities that would make any driver happy. There’s heated and cooled seats plus a steering wheel heater.

The interior is done with a touch of elegance but not busy. The majority of the controls are imbedded in the dash computer audio/navigation system. Once the steering wheel controls are mastered, and then learning to navigate the touch screen drivers will become one with the car.

What’s under the hood? A 5.0-liter V8 that produces 470 horsepower thanks to a Supercharger that puts the car out in traffic in a heartbeat. That’s not bad for a five passenger luxury sedan. The electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the ground with the feel of a race car.

The car has Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Active Differential Control, and JaguarDrive Winter & Dynamic Modes. This is controlled by a panel in the center console. At the center console a few unique things happen when pushing the start/stop button – the vents open and a round knob raises from the console to allow shifting the jaguar from Park to Drive or S for Sport. Once behind the wheel the shift knob becomes very comfortable. Thanks to the key -less entry and start, keeping the fob on at hand eliminates a need for keys.

The tire and rim package of 20-inch Selena Rims are beautiful, and the all-season tires grip the road in just about any driving condition. The Jaguar has a back up camera that has safety at the top of the list. One of the features that impressed me was the guide lines in the screen when backing, turn to the left and the guide lines turn with the driver to keep the car clear of obstacles. There is a beeper as well.

Jaguar is also proud to announce their Jaguar Platinum Coverage Plan that includes complementary scheduled maintenance, no cost replacement of specific wear and tear items, a new vehicle limited warranty and 24/7 road side assistance for five years/ 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. This Jaguar has everything a daily driver would want. A shade screen in the rear, a fantastic sound system and Blue Tooth. Fuel mileage was 15 MPG city and 21 freeway.

Stop by European Motors and take a Jaguar out for a test drive. Don’t mind the dust, they are building a state-of-the art dealership that goes right along with their five-star customer satisfaction mantra.
 


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