Jaguar calls its new Jaguar XF 2.2 the most efficient Jaguar yet produced, and looking at its tested fuel economy figures, it’s probably true!

To see just how fuel efficient the XF 2.2 diesel is, Jaguar sent the Jaguar XF off on a trip across four countries driven by independent tester David Magdwick, and the results were 816 miles (1,313km) covered using just 64 litres of fuel, which is a fuel consumption of about 4.9 litres per 100km! My guess at combined real world driving – an average of 7 litres per 100km is possible.

Despite being fuel efficient, I don’t think the 4 cylinder oil burner XF will be a bore to drive either, considering it makes 190 PS and 450Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with an auto start-stop system.

It’s about time that Jaguar put a 2.2 litre diesel into the XF, considering their “premium only” stance awhile back. If you notice, the XF petrol range starts with a 3.0 litre V6 model, and Jaguar says this is intentional because they wanted to keep the marque a notch above its competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, which has lower end models like the 523i and the E200 CGI.

There is a more upmarket diesel XF model – a 3.0 litre V6 diesel, which just so happens to be sold in Malaysia. A 2.2 litre diesel XF is essentially competes with some of the baseline diesel engines of the German badges – the 520d and the E220 CDI. They probably need to do this to keep up with the times though, as more people look towards fuel efficiency.

Will Sisma Auto launch the 2.2 litre diesel XF here to provide an alternative for those looking for a fuel efficient diesel in the 5-Series/E-Class/A6 segment? That would certainly be quite interesting, especially if it ends up being as competitively priced as the 520d, but not very likely (as in the price) as it would be a case of CBU vs SKD.