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.
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