The results of a new survey determining the best British-built cars ever made have been published. The top ten cars include models from brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford.
The survey was hosted by the motoring magazine Autocar and voted on by its large contingent of readers. Now Autocar has confirmed the final results in a top 100 list, as the publication celebrates the strength of the British car industry.
Ultimately it’s the original Mini which has topped the Best British Car list but it was closely followed by other famous names including the Jaguar E-Type and the Range Rover. These particular cars managed to finish third and fourth respectively in the survey.
Other models included in the survey
Other models which have finished within the top ten in the survey include the Jaguar XJ220 (7th) and the Ford Escort Mexico (10th). Although the latter model carries the badge of an American car manufacturer, the Escort Mexico was at one time assembled at a UK facility in Halewood.
Today this same production site in Halewood is now used to assemble current Land Rover models including the Freelander and the Range Rover Evoque.
The remainder of the top 25 entries in Autocar’s Best British Car survey features other models from both Jaguar and Ford. Noticeable inclusions are the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (12th), Jaguar D-Type (13th), Ford GT40 (16th) and a current car in the form of the Jaguar XF (17th).
The Jaguar XF is one of only half a dozen cars in the survey’s top 25 which are presently in production today.
Basic models in the Jaguar XF range currently start from £29,945 for the saloon model, or 31,945 for the Sportbrake estate. Standard XF models use a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, offered with an output of either 161bhp or 197bhp. Depending on the power output this diesel returns up to 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions range between 129g/km and 139g/km on the saloon specification.
The XF is also available with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with two outputs of either 237bhp or 271bhp. Regardless of the power output the 3.0-litre diesel officially returns 47mpg and a CO2 emissions output of 159g/km.
The Range Rover is the highest placed model in the Best British Car survey which is currently in production now. Prices for the luxury SUV currently start at £71,320. Engine options for the 4×4 include a 254bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, a 308bhp V8 diesel and a 503bhp supercharged V8 petrol engine.