Jaguar or SUV?

I’m retired, my mileage is only 5000-6000 per year and am considering buying a Jaguar XF. I wondered if you would advise the diesel or petrol version, as I vaguely remember you saying (ages ago) that diesel wasn’t best for low mileage. I’ve also acquired five grandchildren recently and, what with the teeth-loosening potholes round my way and the occasional need for 4WD, I’ve even considered an automatic 4WD Nissan Qashqai which can convert to seven seats.

Asked on 12 August 2012 by JS. via email

Answered by Honest John
For low mileage, 3.0-litre V6 petrol XFs are much better and much cheaper, assuming you can find one because not many were sold. The centre rear and rearmost seats in a Qashqai are extremely uncomfortable. The KIA Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are much better, but are diesel only. If you want a petrol automatic seven-seater SUV, consider a Toyota Verso 1.8i Valvematic Multidrive S or the much quicker Ford S-Max 2.0i Ecoboost Powershift.
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