What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The XJ has a strong heritage, and it's a good-value alternative to its German rivals

Against The switchgear is old-fashioned, as are the car's looks. Running costs are high, too

Verdict It's refined and comfortable, but possibly a little 'old hat' for some people

Go for… Late examples

Avoid… Pre-2000 cars

Jaguar XJ Saloon
  • 1. Go for an upgraded model, with touch-screen satellite-navigation, cruise control and electric front seats
  • 2. The 1998 XJ V8s had problems with throttles not opening properly, and some 1999 cars had transmission glitches
  • 3. Front suspension bushes need replacing every 25,000 miles
  • 4. Make sure - or get someone else to make sure - that the throttle is not fouling the bonnet liner
  • 5. Older cars feel cramped, but a longer-wheelbase car introduced in 2000 gave rear-seat passengers an extra four inches of legroom
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