Jaguar XF is the Diesel car of the Year

What Diesel magazine (formerly known as Diesel Car magazine) has awarded its annual prizes to the best new and used diesel performers.

A panel of ten esteemed judges, including Sue Baker, Russell Bray and
Simon Hacker, chose ten category winners and then the overall best car
for 2008.

Editor Ian Robertson said: "This year has seen some tough opposition join the new car market, with the Fiat 500 and Jaguar XF leading the pack.

"There are also some familiar names lining up to collect awards, with the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, Ford Mondeo, Land Rover Freelander 2 and Nissan Qashqai joining the honours list for the second year running.

"The Jaguar XF has won the coveted title of What Diesel Car of the Year 2008," Mr Robertson continued. "It is well deserved and is testament to all the fine people that are proud to say that they work for Jaguar. The car drives exceptionally, and looks absolutely stunning and catapults Jaguar right up the road to success."

In the used car categories, winners included the Mini One D (2003-2006)- best small car; Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI (1998-2004)- best family hatchback; Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI (2000-2004) – best family saloon; BMW X5 3.0d (2001-2007) – best SUV; Volvo V70 D5 (2000-2007) – best Estate; BMW 320Cd Coupe (2003-2006) – best sports car; Jaguar XJ 2.7D V6 (2005-2007) – best executive car; Vauxhall Zafira 2.0DTi (2000-2005) – best MPV; Mitsubishi Shogun (2000-2007) – best 4×4; and the Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab 2.5TD (2000-2006) – best pick-up.

Overall best Used Diesel car of the Year was the Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI (1998-2004).

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