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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.

Jaguar XJ Saloon
44 5stars

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

Saloon 3.0D V6 Luxury 4dr £56,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0D V6 Luxury LWB 4dr £59,980
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury 4dr £60,670
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury LWB 4dr £63,780
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 S/C Premium Luxury 4dr £65,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0D V6 Portfolio 4dr £67,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 S/C Premium Luxury LWB 4dr £69,150
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0D V6 Portfolio LWB 4dr £70,980
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 S/C Portfolio 4dr £73,450
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 S/C Portfolio LWB 4dr £76,450
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 5.0 V8 S/C 550 XJR 4dr £92,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 5.0 V8 S/C Supersport LWB 4dr £95,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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:

Jaguar XJ Saloon 3.0 V6 S/C Portfolio LWB 4dr

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…

A.... Wren

1 out of 5 stars

Jaguar XJ Saloon 3.0D V6 Luxury 4dr

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…

Keith Ray

5 out of 5 stars

Jaguar XJ Saloon 3.0D V6 Luxury 4dr

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…

Keith Ray

5 out of 5 stars
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