Jaguar has taken top honours in the Auto Express Driver Power 2003 awards with the XJ named as the car with the Best Ride in the magazine’s car reliability and satisfaction survey. The S-TYPE and X-TYPE models also featured in the Top 10 in the Best Ride section.
Auto Express said of Jaguar and the XJ: "No other manufacturer is as consistent or as expert when it comes to developing cars that steamroller bumps into submission. The smooth, absorbent ride knocks spots off its rivals."
Commenting on the award, which is given to the generation of XJ replaced just this year, Jaguar’s UK marketing director, Ian Major, said: "The ride comfort and vehicle handling have been taken onto even higher levels on the new XJ, so we are delighted the ride quality of the previous model is still considered to be class-leading, especially as we believe the new car is even better.
"To complement the aluminium body structure that provides a rigid foundation for the new XJ’s excellent handling, steering and braking performance, the latest XJ is equipped with new front and rear air suspension systems with enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) as standard."
More than 25,000 drivers took part in Driver Power 2003, completing a detailed questionnaire that appeared both in the magazine and on the Auto Express website.
The full results of the survey are published in the Driver Power 2003 special issue of Auto Express.Published 29 March 2003