For The Jaguar XJ is brilliant to drive, has an imaginatively designed cabin and comes with loads of luxury equipment.
Against Rear headroom is tight, the low-speed ride is firm and the petrol engines are very thirsty.
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The somewhat controversial styling of the Jaguar XJ may divide opinion, but there’s no arguing with its classy cabin and engaging driving manners.
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There are 12 Jaguar XJ versions available
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If you spend most of your life being chauffeured, you’ll prefer a Mercedes S-Class. But, if you enjoy driving, no other luxury saloon will reward you like an XJ.
Money no object? Try the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol, with performance and handling to rival the quickest supercars. Yet, back off the gas, and it's a whisper-quiet cruiser.
Mind you, its thirst is as savage as its performance, so the diesel is the XJ of choice. It’s an effortless performer, with 47mpg economy and refinement to rival the petrol models.
The car comes in long- and short wheelbase forms, but neither is cramped.
If you’re feeling flush, Portfolio trim gives you a superb Meridian stereo, a rear parking camera, headlights that respond to your steering inputs and a suede headlining.
Even the ‘basic’ models are lavishly equipped, though, with leather-trimmed, electric front seats, dual-zone climate control, twin glass sunroofs and a touch-screen infotainment system.
Reader test team says:
After my VW Phaeton became too expensive to fix, I had a fairly straight choice between the XJ and S-Class. The S-Class wins (just) on comfort but the…
The cabin looks great but it is not well made, it creaks, rattles & vibrates. During the past two years I have lost track of the number of times it…
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…
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…