German magazine Truck & Trailer Welt Awards Driver & Cost Prizes to New XF

It seems the new XF and XG cab design is really paying off for DAF, as it appears to be winning from both the drivers’ and the operators’ perspectives. The German truck magazines like a side by side test – as do the winners of the tests.

This time it was the multi-brand ‘European Truck Challenge’ (ETC) test organized by the German trade magazine Truck & Trailer Welt. In the tests the XF 450 outperformed the competition in terms of lowest operating costs and won the ‘Drivers Choice’ award.

During the annual European Truck Challenge, trucks from leading European truck manufacturers are extensively compared in terms of costs, handling, performance and driver comfort.

“Throughout the European Truck Challenge 2023, one tractor unit in particular consistently impressed the ETC test drivers: the New Generation DAF XF 450,” said Philipp Bönders, editor-in-chief of Truck & Trailer Welt. “In the test, no other cab offered more comfort, better equipment or a more attractive design. The DAF XF 450 was duly rewarded with the highest score in the driver rankings, resulting in the ETC Drivers Choice award for 2023.”

“In addition, with the current fuel prices, the DAF XF 450 proved to be the most cost-efficient truck thanks to its very low combined fuel and AdBlue consumption,” according to test Truck & Trailer editor Hans-Jürgen Wildhage. “The smoothness the DAF XF 450 displayed while driving over the demanding ETC test route, including the mountain roads, was also impressive. I particularly liked the smooth running of the engine. And when it comes to fuel consumption when rolling on individual sections of the comparison test route, the Dutchman is clearly ahead of the competition.”

DAF XF450 Testing
In the test, no other cab offered more comfort, better equipment or a more attractive design

“We are extremely honoured to have received both the ‘Drivers Choice’ award and recognition for the lowest operating costs,” according to Bart Bosmans, member of the DAF Board of Management and responsible for Marketing and Sales. “Together with the XD, XG and XG+ series, the New Generation XF embodies both the driver’s dream and the owner’s delight. The cab is spacious, luxurious and comfortable and offers an unprecedented direct view, resulting in the best working space for any driver. In addition, the trucks run at the lowest operating costs. In these challenging times, the DAF New Generation line-up is simply the best series on the market!”