Finding a suitable driving position is straightforward in the XJ. Standard equipment includes 14-way, electrically adjustable front seats. Higher up the range are seats with even more adjustment and a massage function as standard.
The controls for the seats are conveniently placed, and are easy to understand. As well as that, the steering wheel adjusts electrically for both reach and rake.
The pedals are well placed, meaning you’re not forced to sit awkwardly. The steering wheel is studded with buttons, but these are easy enough to feel your way around.
Jaguar XJ visibility
It’s easy enough to see where you’re going in the XJ thanks to the model’s fairly slender front pillars, and mirrors that aren’t too large. These, and a window line that isn’t too high, make pulling out of junctions or on to roundabouts easy.
Rearward visibility isn’t quite so impressive because of the car’s thick rear pillars. They make reversing quite tricky. To help you avoid expensive accidents, Jaguar includes rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard. This is a high definition system that includes a handy parking guide on the screen.
Jaguar XJ infotainment
The Jaguar XJ has an 8.0in touchscreen-based infotainment system as standard, complete with sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio. Syncing a phone is easy, and the navigation instructions are clear.
You can download an app for your phone to remote-start the car, and send routes for the sat-nav to follow or check fuel levels. That said, the Jaguar’s system is not as polished or sophisticated as those fitted to Audis and BMWs. Its graphics look a little dated, especially on the 12.3in fully digital instrument panel. Some of the icons are too small to hit on the move, as well, and the system can be slow to respond.
Jaguar XJ build quality
Inside, and at first glance, the XJ certainly looks the part. Even base models get plenty of leather, wood veneer and chrome trim. The trouble is that there’s far too much hard, rather cheap looking plastic elsewhere. Look at the lower parts of the dash, or around the centre console, and you’ll find materials that you wouldn’t get on an Audi or BMW costing half the Jaguar’s price.
The controls feel a little low-rent as well. Buttons never work in quite the same, well-oiled fashion as those on German rivals. The column-mounted stalks also feel like they’ve been lifted from a cheaper car, despite their chrome trim.