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2009 Jaguar XF - Review


C’mon guys, admit it. We’ve all done it, haven’t we? You come up behind this person, perfect body, gorgeous hair, nice clothes. Until you look her in the face and realize it’s a him.

Ok, so maybe this happens more here in California than elsewhere, but the effect is one of shock and awe, a distrust of your own instincts for a while.

On this planet, perhaps the most stunning backside short of Angelina belongs to the Aston Martin. I say the brand name, because to me they all pretty much look alike, but one has to admit, those curvaceous hind lights are beautiful.

The XF's attractive rear quarters

The XF's attractive rear quarters

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I used to think that Hyundai and Kia were the kings of copy, but the Jaguar XF sets a new standard where the back end is concerned. The split taillights are almost identically lifted from the Aston, which isn’t a bad thing, it looks amazing.

The front end, however, is another matter.

The headlights have been lifted from a Subaru or a Hyundai from a decade ago, and this is where the styling of this amazing car falls down harder than a drag queen in six-inch heels.

Does anyone remember the E-class from 1997 onward? They tried to emulate the old double round headlights of the 60’s cars, and only wound up alienating anyone that wasn’t old enough to remember those. I don’t know what the BMW Bangle-butts were trying to emulate, but those cars cost BMW a lot of sales as well.

If this car didn’t have the look of someone as surprised as a man discovering Angelina was really Andrew, it would be one of the most beautiful creations in the car world.

That said, everyone will have to make their own decision regarding the front. The grille is beautiful, spot on Jaguar, as is the hood, finely detailed and magnificent to look at, but oh, those lights. If I bought this car I would have a body shop lop off the top of the lights and bend the hood down, I really would.

What's going on here? These headlights just don't fit.

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