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.
And if you are already charmed by the XJ, head over to our New Car Buying section, where you could get a discount off list price without awkward haggling.