Used Jaguar XJ Saloon 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Our recommendations

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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Our recommendations

Which used Jaguar XJ saloon should I buy?

Earlier models are cramped in the rear and lack generous boot space, so give them a miss.

The smallest V8 engine in the XJ range is the 3.2-litre unit. It produces 240bhp, will propel you from 0-60mph in 7.8sec and take you to a top speed of 145mph. Which, to be honest, is plenty for most people.

That said, however, it is overshadowed by the 4.0-litre model, which takes you from 0-60mph in just 6sec. It's impressively quick in a straight line, and handles well enough to give its rivals a run for their money.

It's probably best to steer clear of the awesome XJR. This flagship high-performance version has a top speed of 155mph and manages 0-60mph in 5sec, but it's not exactly nimble, and as a result the brakes take a hammering.