Wednesday, November 25, 2015
If you love everything about the sport of race car driving, you're going to fall head over heels with Jaguar's XFR-S, I sure did!
It's not the typical small, sleek Jag that most are used to seeing. It's a larger four-door, muscular car, that comes with all the bells and whistles (sunroof, surround sound stereo, paddle shifters, high performance brakes, sport exhaust, carbon fibre rear diffuser, carbon fibre rear wing, just to name a few), complete with a 550 horsepower monster of an engine. When you put your foot on the pedal it's like butter - accelerating from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, topping out at 300km/hr, which of course I didn't even come close to! The seats are a comfy combination of leather and suede, perfect for lengthy drives, there's lots of passenger room, and ample truck space. It has another neat feature, with the flick of a switch a sun shield comes down over the back window, blocking out any glares. The XFR-S is equipped with all the parking/driving safety features that you'll find in most of the 2015 Jags, helping you park and letting you know when another car is close by. It wasn't too bad on gas considering it's a 5.0 Litre V8, and it also comes with an eco-mode, which shuts off the engine when you're idle
I must say, pictures don't do this car justice. This car won me over with its racy, yet classy, design, that can only be appreciated in person. What's great and unique is that it's a sporty car that can be driven all year round. Each time I parked this car, I'd come back to see people taking photos with it, followed by comments like "this is the hottest car on the road"!
One negative that I did notice, was that other journalists who had driven the car before me had curbed the rims quite badly. It truly pained me to see the 20 inch Varuna forged alloy wheels damaged! So, careful when parking. What more can I say, what a beauty!
When I win the lottery, I'll be buying this car! Fully loaded, it comes in just over $110,000.
Amanda Risser, New Car Blogger
Looking for a luxurious convertible, that has lots of power and is good on gas? Jaguar’s F-Type convertible just may be the car for you… if you have $86,000 to spend.
What I really like about this vehicle is how much you can fit in the trunk (ex: a full week of groceries or 2 day and 2 overnight bags), the additional room behind each seat to place my purse, the blind-spot monitoring side mirrors that allows you to see when a car is near – it literally eliminates any blind-spots, the backing-up parking aid monitor (no excuses for dings anymore!), how it handles at high and low speeds – it just hugs the road, easy steering, nice firm and quick reacting brakes, how little gas it burns with the Eco mode turned on (this was shocking to me considering it is a V6), the option to keep the spoiler down or put it up, how the door handles open up for you when you unlock the doors (no need for chivalry!), and of course all the stares and “nice car” comments that came my way! In my opinion nobody builds a luxurious vehicle like Jaguar, it’s more than just a car it’s a piece of art. Toronto also isn’t flooded with Jags – so be prepared to stick out… not a bad thing at all!
What I didn’t like… for a long drive – say from Toronto to Price Edward County – even though it burns little gas on Eco mode, the leather-suede mix seats are quite uncomfortable. No matter how much I adjusted it, it didn’t seem to matter. My other complaint… the engine doesn’t purr as much as the XKR convertible, I really missed that! So, in conclusion, the F-Type convertible is a great, fast, fun car but if you have a good chunk of money to spend, personally - I would choose the XKR convertible!
Amanda Risser, New Car Blogger
Looking for a roomy SUV, without all the bulk on the outside? Chevrolet’s 2015 Traverse, just may do the trick.
It’s a 7-passenger SUV, but from the outside, you’d never know it. I actually had the opportunity to try both the basic and the fully-loaded, and don’t get me wrong, I like to save money, but in this case I suggest paying a bit more to get the upgrades. All the extra features like leather interior, upper button to close trunk (power liftgate), satellite radio, sunroof, side blind zone alert, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, really make for a comfortable ride. I drove all around the province of Nova Scotia (highway and city driving) for an entire week, on just over one tank of gas, that’s amazing for a 6 cylinder! And let me tell you, even though gas prices are at a premium, everyone in that province drives an SUV!
I can’t blame anyone for falling in love with this vehicle. It’s a smooth ride, accelerates nicely, with quick braking. Great for city driving, and the highway, especially with all the driving alerts. When I first got in the Traverse it felt like a bus, but by the end of the week I didn’t want to give it back.
This vehicle starts out at about $31,000, and the one that I drove with all the bells and whistles goes for around $52,000. That’s a bit of a jump, but well worth it in my opinion! It’s a great SUV for anyone with kids (or not), you’ll never complain about not having enough room, and you’ll still look cool driving it!