Jaguar XJ (2009-present)

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

Strengths & Weaknesses


Attractive design
Sporty and agile to drive


Not as comfortable as a Mercedes S-Class
Rear headroom tight for tall passengers
Lack of engine choice
Best finance deal

Jaguar XJ Diesel Saloon (2015-2019) 3.0d v6 portfolio 4dr auto

Finance price £379 per month

Cash price £23,800

Jaguar XJ prices from £23,480   Finance from £379 per month

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).

There’s just one engine, a 3.0-litre diesel, in the line-up. It’s smooth and lusty, and reasonably efficient. Although it is beginning to look outclassed by modern diesel and petrol plug-in hybrids whose pure electric ranges of up to 30 miles gives them access to clean-air zones.

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. 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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Key facts 

Three-years/unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
5130mm (5255mm for long wheelbase version)
£830 in the first year; £450 per annum in years two to six


2009 Model launched with panoramic sunroof as standard. Engines are 3.0 V6 diesel, 5.0 V8 petrol and 5.0 supercharged V8.
2012 New supercharged 3.0 V6 engine joins the range. Similar performance to V8 but more economical.
2012 Major mechanical changes boost economy and refinement.
2013 Supercharged 5.0 V8 XJR arrives.
2015 Updated XJ launched with LED headlights, entertainment system, improved 3.0 V6 diesel engine, new long-wheelbase Autobiography version and R-Sport performance version with more powerful 5.0 V8 engine.
2017 More safety features, larger 10-inch touchscreen plus new high-performance XJR575.
2018 XJ575 dropped; engine line-up now just 3.0 V6 diesel.

Understanding Jaguar XJ car names 

  • XJ
  • Trim
  • Engine
    3.0 V6 diesel
  • Body
  • Trim
    There are five trim levels ranging from Luxury to top-spec Autobiography.
  • Engine
    The XJ is available with just one engine type: a mid-size, 3.0-litre diesel with six cylinders arranged in a V formation.
  • Body
    Like other large executive cars, the XJ is offered in two body lengths, short-wheelbase (SWB) (5130mm) and long (5255mm).

Jaguar XJ Engines 

3.0 V6 diesel

Low demand for petrol-engined XJs persuaded Jaguar to drop all engines bar the 3.0 V6 diesel. Given the majority of buyers of cars such as the XJ are limousine companies ferrying high flyers to meetings, it makes perfect sense. Performance and economy are both outstanding with the big XJ, in long as well as standard wheelbase forms capable of 40mpg and 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds.


Fuel economy



Top speed

3.0 V6




0-62mph: 5.9s


Jaguar XJ Trims 

Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, XJ-R Sport, XJ50 and Autobiography

As befits its market, the XJ has no less than six grand-sounding trim levels.

Autobiography, the most prestigious, is available only on the long-wheelbase model and XJ-R Sport on the standard car.

Looking at Luxury’s standard equipment list it’s hard to see how it could be improved. Soft-close doors, heated front and rear seats, and four-zone climate control are included.

Premium Luxury adds leather, heated and cooled seats and a premium Meridian sound system.

Portfolio builds on this with additional safety kit, LED headlights and massage seats with not 14 but 18-way adjustment. XJ50 is a special 50th anniversary edition based on Premium Luxury that brings 20in wheels and special detailing.

XJ-R Sport is unique to the standard wheelbase model and is an enhanced version of the Luxury model.

Autobiography, unique to the long wheelbase model, is based on Portfolio and adds rear reading lights and folding infotainment screens, a surround camera system and illuminated treadplates.

Jaguar XJ Reliability and warranty 

Jaguar’s record for reliability has improved beyond all measure in recent years. The XJ is made out of aluminium, and while this material resists corrosion exceptionally well (at least where it doesn't come into contact with steel), it does make body repairs that bit more complicated.

At three years with unlimited mileage, the XJ’s warranty is far from class-leading but for a car with the ability to cross continents with ease, the absence of a mileage restriction could be useful.

Used Jaguar XJ 

Despite the fact that the XJ has been around for nearly 10 years, it has never sold in huge numbers, so don't expect to find a huge number for sale on the used market.

There are currently 14 Jaguar XJs available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £23,480 to £44,900 for nearly-new models.

Monthly finance payments start from £379 per month.

Sub-£20,000 models are usually five-year-old 3.0 V6 Premium Luxury cars with around 35,000 miles or less. This should be music to the ears of anyone hankering after a slice of luxury Jaguar motoring. Its original owner will be less delighted but that’s expensive cars for you, especially ones not wearing Mercedes’ coveted badge. Even a BMW 7 Series can't rival an S-Class for residual values.

Petrol models depreciate faster, but, there are fewer around too.