The XFR is an admirable sleeper/Q car, and it’s undoubtedly a comprehensive package which can play the cruiser and then switch to being a bruiser.
But, as broadly talented as these saloons are, I couldn’t get much use out of it from this weekend.
Second hand examples are coming down to £20k nowadays which does make it tempting; it’s certainly a lot of car and performance for this money and so it’s attractive in that sense – screw a new Ford Focus in that respect!
I would have loved to have spent more time with it though (especially for the weekday work commute), but… as unfair as it is to judge things on this weekend alone, it’s still all we had at the end of the day. It’ll work better in countries where there’s more space to use both sporting/luxury traits, but for where I live at least, there just weren’t that many opportunities to stretch its legs and use the performance available.
Alternatives? I would like an M5 purely on the fondness of having the V10 (the Audi RS6 is too muted), but there’s not much else other than the Mk1 Merc CLS in AMG guise.
Spec: XFR Engine: 5.0 Supercharged V8 Petrol, 503bhp, 461lb ft (2500-5500rpm) Transmission: 6 Speed Auto Mpg: Official: 23.0mpg Achieved: 20-22mpg Performance: 0-62mph: 4.7 Secs, 160mph Colour: Silver Pictures referenced with * sourced from AutoTrader. Pictures referenced with ** sourced from Pistonheads