British-built Jag named best executive car 2012

British-based car maker Jaguar is celebrating today after taking on its premium German rivals, Audi, BMW and Mercedes, to take the BusinessCar Best Executive Car at the 2012 awards.

The winning model, the Jaguar XF saloon, was praised by BusinessCar magazine after a facelift at the end of 2011 updated the premium saloon with a new frugal diesel engine and some ‘sharper’ styling.

“As the majority of business car sales across the board are of lower-powered diesel models, the Jag wasn’t competing in the volume end of the segment,” explained the magazine.

However, a new 2.2-litre engine developing 190bhp has lowered CO2 emissions to below 150g/km for the first time for the XF, bringing down costs for UK businesses in terms of CO2-based Benefit-in-Kind tax.

The result, says BusinessCar, is an executive saloon with a ‘sharper and more attractive’ new look and more desirability for business buyers.

Taking on low-CO2 diesel models from the likes of BMW and Audi, the new Jaguar XF is built in the UK and designed to be a comfortable and premium-feeling motorway cruiser.

However, the four-door executive saloon is not the only model set to take on the fleet sector in the UK, according to BusinessCar magazine.

“All the range needs now is an estate version, as wagons account for around half of sales in the sector, depending on the model. The good news is that we will see a load-lugging XF on sale by the end of this year.”

The Best Executive Car award was voted for by readers of the fleet-focused magazine. Other winners in the 2012 awards included the Fiat 500 in the city car section and the Ford C-Max in the mini-MPV section.

The new Jaguar XF is available to buy now from Perrys Jaguar in Huddersfield.