We do slalom runs on a snow- and icecovered course and quick turns on ice at 25 miles an hour. Even in Dynamic Mode the XJ’s AWD system does an OK job—if you’re used to driving RWD cars in bad weather. In Winter Mode, it’s a breeze.
On a circular skid pad that’s actually a round skating rink, we find much the same. In Winter Mode, the Jag is controllable; in Dynamic Mode, much less so.
As we break for lunch and walk by a row of parked XJs, it’s impossible to miss the dent in the trunk of a red one.
“Someone tried for too much speed in dynamic mode,” was the rumor.
Which proves the disclaimer: No system can overcome all driver errors.
And led to a chorus of“Wow, glad it wasn’t me.”