Used Jaguar XJ Saloon 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: What is it like?

1997 - 2003 review
Used Jaguar XJ Saloon 1997 - 2003
  • Used Jaguar XJ Saloon 1997 - 2003
  • Used Jaguar XJ Saloon 1997 - 2003
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What's the used Jaguar XJ saloon like?

A well equipped cabin complements the XJ's all-aluminium body to deliver a beautiful luxury car. It has proved a reliable charger, but the switchgear feels low-rent when compared with German luxury cars'.

The air suspension gives perfect poise, combining a comfortable ride with good handling. And, inside, the XJ's all wood, leather and chrome. It's like a belligerent old headmaster - stuck in its ways, but still commanding respect. Upgraded models have touch-screen satellite-navigation, cruise control and electric memory front seats.

Don't worry that you'll be short-changed by chosing the cheapest model. Even the entry level model gives owners enough power to feel satisfied.

The older examples feel cramped, though, but thankfully Jaguar addressed this with the introduction of a longer-wheelbase car in 2000, giving rear-seat passengers an extra four inches of legroom.