PH BLOG: THE CURIOSITIES OF COLD-START DRIVING
Harris explores a curious trait of the latest Jaguars and wonders whether there are other cars out there with cold-running foibles
In fact it's something particular to the three Jaguars I've run since the back-end of 2010 - they simply don't work for the first 10 minutes of every journey. By 'work', I mean the suspension feels like it has remained asleep. It must be a particular trait of Jag's adaptive damping system, because the XKR did it, as did the very wonderful XJ Supersport I used last year. This morning the XF, for about 15 miles, rode like it was on square wheels. Then suddenly, it was better. Albeit never truly supple, because this car has the full sports suspension package.
But these Jags must have something going on with their shock absorbers. It's a shame, because you rather dread those first few miles each morning.
Anyone else drive anything that suffers a similar personality disorder when cold?
*Well, not this exact car, but you get the idea...