What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The XJ is every bit as graceful as you’d expect, and this version even has decent room in the back

Against Rivals from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW beat it for quality and class

Verdict Buying nearly-new is unwise, but a three-year-old is a better prospect

Go for… 3.0 Executive

Avoid… 4.2 Super V8

Jaguar XJ Saloon
  • 1. Although aluminium-bodied cars can be expensive to repair, Jaguar's costs are sensible
  • 2. The wood and leather trim looks great, but the quality of some of the switches and minor trim isn’t quite what you’d want
  • 3. A few owners report recurrent problems with diesel engines that stall
  • 4. The boot is a fair size, but it’s awkwardly shaped
  • 5. The cabin is reasonably spacious, especially on the long-wheelbase models
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