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Comparison Test: 2008 V8 Luxury Sport Sedans - So this meeting of the 2008 Audi A6 4.2, 2008 BMW 550i, 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged and 2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 might represent the end of an era.(more)
#2 of 14 Re: Article Comments - 2008 V8 Luxury Sport Sedans Comparison Test [KarenS]
May 13, 2008 (1:06 pm)
As a 2008 4.2 Sline A6 owner, I can't say I agree totally with the article.
The 4.2 has plenty of power on tap. Sure, maybe less off the line that others, but it's always a losing propostion to defend testing 2wd vs AWD cars and then complaining about how the AWD aren't as fast...no kidding! I'll be happy to give up a few tenths to avoid sliding around on a rear wheel drive car. Quattro is amazing and worth it.
The A6 is going into it's 5th yeat w/o many changes, so the new XF w/ 400 hp that's a few months old will no doubt get a lot of praise as it's a fine car, indeed. An all new A6 is coming in 2011.
Riding on 19 inch wheels and tires w/ a sport suspension will no doubt shatter your teeth at times. But the regular 18's and standard suspension are far less harsh and a pretty decent ride. So there are other options.
With gas prices on the rise, and if they stay the same and keep stead 4/gallon, I doubt I'll sign another lease on a V8 car. They may indeed become a dying breed if it goes even higher.
Audi has a new 3.0 supercharged engine in the works, so one wonders if they'll be a V8 A6 in the years to come.
#3 of 14 Infiniti M45?? gs??
May 21, 2008 (10:08 pm)
can someone please help me understand why the infiniti M45 was not placed in this important compeition??? infiniti has surpassed all competitors, excluding the xf, in numerous comparisons in the past since its redesign. i ust dont understand why it was not included in this coparison...was it too "cheap" or sumthing???clearly it has the V8 to show for it, and how bout the lexus gs450?? lexus just updated that vehicle for 2008. these two vehicles should have been placed in this comparison along the others, was not a fair competition and i personally believe that the xf had it slightly easy.
May 22, 2008 (12:32 pm)
The author cleary & plainly deleneated his bias & reason for picking the XF. I drove the LS, M & XF & my personal favorite by a large margin is the XF. I far prefer the Brit's unique exterior & interior design. Some prefer the M45 over all others & they certainly have the right to that choice. Each choice of a particular favorite does not invalidate any choice for another vehicle.
Readers desiring to compare the LS or M to any vehicle in this particular comparison can read at this same website about those cars & compare the notes to this comparison. Surely anyone w/ this much money to spend can & will do that if they desire help in making a choice.
#5 of 14 Re: Infiniti M45?? gs?? [pvva88]
May 22, 2008 (1:14 pm)
Maybe the article was meant to be titled, "European V8... comparison..."
#6 of 14 Re: Infiniti M45?? gs?? [laurasdada]
Aug 24, 2008 (4:14 pm)
Very strange comparison!!
Did you test on wet condition, even snow and ice??
Regular drivers are best served with the Audi, that's why in Germany , Austria and Switzerland this is the most prospering brand, already leading in quality. By the way, the Jag (a dream in my youth) is impossible to resell, please look for sales numbers in Germany, the home of Premium Cars (+ these of Lexus)
A fair comparison should have been the S6 or RS6!
I'm driving the RS4, no comparable Merc or BMW have any chance at wet or even worse condition, read the German sales numbers!
with kindly regards, PIzzarix
Aug 24, 2008 (4:28 pm)
from your consumer ratings:
#8 of 14 Re: PS.: [pizzarix]
Aug 24, 2008 (5:44 pm)
Hi, welcome to CarSpace!
If you'd like to be sure the editors see your comments, the best thing to do would be to use the Email link that's just to the right of the author's byline in the article.
Thanks for your thoughts!!
#9 of 14 Finally Jaguar Meets the Competition
Sep 27, 2008 (4:52 pm)
I concur with the findings. Jaguar has a nice car in the XF, but it is too bad that it hits the U.S. market in the midst of gas price escalations and a horrible economy. Bad timing.
#10 of 14 XF Winter Driving Capabilities?
Feb 12, 2009 (9:23 am)
1) Does anyone have experience driving the supercharged XF in snow or ice? The 20" summer performance tires are not rated for mixed weather of course, but I was wondering just how dangerous is the vehicle in an inch or two of snow given the vehicle's traction technologies.
2) The salesman (20 years of jaguar experience) claims his customers experience 27 mpg during highway driving in the supercharged XF. Can anyone validate that claim?
#11 of 14 Re: XF Winter Driving Capabilities? [anon3]
Feb 12, 2009 (9:14 pm)
I have not driven the XF. But, regarding snow, I don't think one would have to. Given 20" summer performance tires, if you live in a snowy area with any sort of hills, this car should NEVER be driven with snow on the ground! Traction technologies will not help if there is NO traction...
I live in New England, drive a FWD Acura TL with all season performance tires. 17"... Worst car I've ever owned in the snow. Lifelong skier in the northern NE states, and for the first time in my life, I have snow tires. Now, factor in RWD, an infinitely more powerful engine putting the horses on those rear wheels with tires that will most likely be a disaster in the snow, and well, disaster...
Just imho, of course.
Hopefully, a voice of actual XF experience will chime in...