Disaster struck the day before good Friday, my pristine 6 month old CLS was hit from behind quite severely, but an old MG Rover 75. A hell of a bang, but no one injured, so could always be worse. The thoughts of having to declare an accident for the next 5 years, every time I now renew my car insurance seemed as awful as the damage to my precious car. I just hope this clown is insured, since I've still not had confirmation of that. So I phone MB Grimsby, as I'm semi-aware that they have some system for dealing with such accidents, and of course I want the repairs to be done my the main dealer. Their service seems great (on face value) and it first appears I need to worry no more, they will deal it with all, lend me an equivalent car, return mine when repaired, and I'll have to do nothing and make no further calls. I only became aware that things maybe weren't quite so straightforward, when the guy from 'Accident Exchange' turned up to drop off a hire Jag XF 3.0D S, and I had to sign loads of paperwork. It was only when I got home and googled 'credit car hire', that the scheme that I's just allowed myself to be enlisted in, dawned on me. I'll be on the phone to them on Tuesday to ask a few questions now, as at £300 a day, I don't want to have to pick up the tab on this hire car if the third party isn't insured etc. Easter was bad timing, and the poor CLS remains awaiting collection. Bent exhausts, smashed LED brake light, plus of course a very dented bumper and boot lid, make it un-driveable as far as I'm concerned, and that was before I noticed that the front headrests had popped forward from their mounting on some sort of spring loaded mechanism. They did wonders to stop the whiplash, but I'm not yet sure if they're user resettable. So now to the XF. I very nearly defected to Jag before I got the CLS, after rejecting an approved used S Class, and feeling unloved by the dealers. We did maintain a protest though, and my wife has just taken delivery of an Evoque, so ironically having both been used to Merc controls, we both now have JLR, with the circular rising auto control, and the fussy touch screen nav. It's early days, but I'm sure glad I went for the CLS and passed on the XF. Did 300 miles in it yesterday, and although it's generally a fine car, It's no W218. The two main issues above all others that I have with this XF is; uncomfortable front seats with no lumber adjustment, and a ride that I found surprisingly unsettled and almost crashy of poor surfaces. Driving fast through demanding roads over the Pennines, I was tempted to think that the shell was not so stiff, as the doors and trim creaked as the ride crashed about at times. The steering also felt number than the CLS, and the XF felt heavier. There's no denying the power on top from the S spec V6, and it does sound good for a diesel, but it didn't respond to the throttle as instantly as the CLS, perhaps due to turbo lag? The stop-start system also felt more clunky, and the steering wheel controls not easy to use. Plus of course the XF cabin is now dated, and wind noise seemed higher. I think it's more a case of how good the W218 is rather that the state of the Jag, since whenever I drive a W212 now I find it disappointing. Hurry back my beloved CLS!