Ha, ha, ha, with 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque going to the rear axle, the Jaguar XF Supercharged was ready to rock and roll when I drove it home last night in fresh snow and 17 degree ambient temperatures! Fun. The stability control allows a bit of slippage but of course is there to save the day, and the snow mode for the transmission is helpful for starting off at intersections. Thankfully, our test car was equipped with Pirelli Sotto Zero winter tires; I suspect it would be undrivable in snow on even all-seasons.
Yes, the touchscreen navigation is still dated. I could not sync either my BlackBerry or my iPhone via Bluetooth despite repeated attempts, which was annoying. That quibble aside, hey, the XF is an absolutely lovely car and one that you should test-drive if you're in the market for a BMW 5-series, Mercedes-Benz E-class, or Audi A6. You certainly won't see yourself coming and going.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor