Jaguar XJ (2009-present)

The Jaguar XJ is one of the few luxury cars that feels nimble and sporty to drive

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Attractive design
Sporty and agile to drive
Well-equipped

Weaknesses 

Not as comfortable as a Mercedes S-Class
Rear headroom tight for tall passengers
Lacks very latest technology
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Jaguar XJ Diesel Saloon 3.0d v6 autobiography 4dr auto [lwb]

Total RRP £82,665

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Captains of industry who fancy a spell behind the wheel could do worse than buy a Jaguar XJ. While rivals including the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 are good to drive, they’re really best enjoyed from the rear seats.

The Jaguar XJ is different. It’s not just good to drive, it’s great.

The current car certainly looks the part. It’s dramatically styled and a huge departure from conservative Jags of old. It’s made of aluminium, too, for lightness (comparatively speaking).

It’s powered by a choice of 3.0-litre diesel or supercharged petrol engines. The top-of-the range XJR sports model is powered by a 5.0-litre petrol. All are smooth and lusty but the diesel is the pick for all-round performance and efficiency. In any case, the petrol engine is only available from expensive mid-range trim upwards.

It may be a large car but the XJ handles like one half its size. It corners with aplomb, body lean is held in check and the steering is direct and full of feel. It rides superbly, too, at least on the smaller wheels. Larger ones give a firmer, slightly bumpier ride.

Of course, it’s in their interiors where cars like the XJ are also judged. Fortunately, the Jag is not found wanting here, either. To go with its sporty handling is a sporty driving position. You sit low (although the front seats are height adjustable) and the dashboard seems to wrap around you.

Inside is a leather-clad space bristling with equipment. As its name suggests, even the entry-level Luxury trim wants for little. The digital dashboard is very high-tech and the screen uses is Jaguar’s latest InControl Pro system that displays a moving sat-nav image with key instruments arranged to the side. Rival systems from BMW and Mercedes have more features, including advanced driverless functions but it’s still impressive.

It’s a bright and airy place thanks to the standard-fit panoramic glass roof.
There’s plenty of space front and rear, although if you want more there’s always the long wheelbase version, which has a little more rear headroom, too. Storage cubbies abound. The XJ drops points with its boot which isn’t quite as large as rivals’. It’s shallow and awkwardly shaped, so you need to pack it carefully.

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Jaguar XJ Prices

Jaguar XJ Autobiography

3.0d v6 autobiography 4dr auto [lwb]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £66,457

You could save up to: £16208

Jaguar XJ Luxury

3.0d v6 luxury 4dr auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £48,409

You could save up to: £13511

3.0d v6 luxury 4dr auto [lwb]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £51,019

You could save up to: £13901

Jaguar XJ Portfolio

3.0d v6 portfolio 4dr auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £57,300

You could save up to: £14840

3.0d v6 portfolio 4dr auto [lwb]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £59,910

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Jaguar XJ Premium Luxury

3.0d v6 premium luxury 4dr auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £51,889

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3.0d v6 premium luxury 4dr auto [lwb]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £54,499

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Jaguar XJ R-Sport

3.0d v6 r-sport 4dr auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £58,953

You could save up to: £15087

Jaguar XJ XJ50

3.0d v6 xj50 4dr auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £58,779

You could save up to: £15061

3.0d v6 xj50 4dr auto [lwb]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £61,389

You could save up to: £15451