What Car? says...
Despite changes in size, shape and styling, one thing has remained the same for the XJ since it began life 50 years ago: it has always been at the flagship model in Jaguar’s line-up.
The latest generation is quite old now, though, and finds itself in a class brimming with tech-laden luxury barges from big-selling manufacturers.
The XJ takes aim at luxury cars such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but Jaguar’s pedigree in creating high-powered, luxurious, rear-wheel-drive saloons should mean it has every chance to be a better car to drive than its rivals. Whether it can be fun to drive while being as smooth and comfortable as a luxury car, though, is the greater challenge here.
There is just one 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine available, but there are two wheelbase lengths and four trim levels to choose from. A long list of extravagant options is available, too.
Does the XJ keep up with the rest of the pack? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for which trim level to choose.