Jaguar XJ review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The XJ is very slightly cheaper than an Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series, but not by much, while a Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considerably pricier.

The V6 diesel has very high CO2 emissions and is roundly beaten by its rivals in this respect, meaning it won’t be the cheapest company car option. Claimed fuel economy, meanwhile, is also worse than what its rivals offer. It’s the same story for residual values – luxury cars don’t have a very good reputation when it comes to holding onto their value but, even then, the XJ is disappointing compared with the competition.

Every new Jaguar comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as standard, and this can be extended at an extra cost.

Safety and security

Euro NCAP has not tested the XJ, but every XJ has a raft of safety equipment as standard, including emergency brake assist, a lane-departure warning system, a pedestrian-friendly pop-up bonnet and six airbags. This is similar to the kit on offer in rivals.

There’s an optional Highway Pack, which adds blindspot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and a system that warns you if another vehicle is crossing your path while you’re reversing.

Overview

The Jaguar XJ will appeal to keen luxury car drivers, but in key areas such as build quality, space and running costs it trails behind the class leaders

  • Excellent handling
  • Punchy engines
  • Well equipped
  • Poor rear head room
  • Punchy engine
  • So-so interior quality