I have had my XJ for a year now from new. I switched from Land Rover products 8 years ago, and my first non-Land Rover was a Jaguar S-Type 2.7D. This was a superb car which I loved. I also really liked the looks. Then after I'd had it for four years I test drove an XF. Wow, it made the S-Type look 'ordinary'. So I bought an XF 3.0D. When I took it for its third annual service I asked to borrow an XJ. Oh dear! The XJ in turn made the XF look rather 'ordinary'....so I ordered one immediately. Overall, I think this is the best car I have ever driven. Taking account of the price it must rate as one of the best cars in thr world. Every journey is an event. In fact I often take it out for a drive for no reason at all, it is so lovely to drive. The performance from the 3.0D is all anybody could ever need, and I get 42 mpg on my long runs down to Cornwall...and I don't drive slowly!
As a driver's car it is perfect. It shrinks in size once you get on the move, and inspires total confidence. It is a large car, so parking can sometimes be a challenge, and I wouldn't have one without the rear view camera. My wife is only five feet tall, and although she finds the front seats fine, she says the rear seats are rather low for a short person. But that's no problems as there's only the two of us, and the rear seats are hardly ever used. Another plus, the boot is enormous. Fabulous car! Well done JLR!
I owned an S-type and XF before the XJ. I took my XF for service a year ago and was loaned an XJ. Oh my God! What a great strategy that was by the agent! The S type was very good, then the XF put it in the shade. The XF was very good, then the XJ put that in the shade! The XJ is such a joy to drive, I often go out for no reason other than to enjoy it. I was invited to go round the Jaguar factory to watch XJs being made, which I did. The factory is so impressive, and I was particularly interested in the bonded chassis construction. Some people say the XJ's looks are controversial, especially the rear. However I think it is sublime, and well in keeping with Sir William Lyon's tradition. Taking price into account, I think the XJ is the best luxury car you can buy. I had thought about a Bentley Continental GT, but overall there is no comparison with the XJ at half the price! Best car I have ever bought by a long way.
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