Jaguar XJ - The flagship saloon

The Jaguar XJ is the flagship saloon model, which is loaded with the latest advanced technologies and premium exotic materials, where comfort and luxury are at the forefront. The XJ is the pinnacle of the Jaguar line-up and a car to compete with any equivalent German rival. The Jaguar XJ provides an opulent and sumptuous interior with sporty and innovative traits throughout.

Jaguar launched the XJ model back in 1968, and over the years it has gone through five major generations and a multitude of facelifts or updates. The current Jaguar XJ is the 5th generation model, although production ceased in 2019; however, stock models are still available. Jaguar is planning to release a new all-electric model of the XJ sometime in 2020/21.

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The Jaguar XJ is available in short-wheel-base (SWB) or long-wheel-base (LWB) body styles with four trim levels; Premium Luxury, Portfolio, XJ50 (50th Anniversary Edition) and R-Sport. With basic OTR starting prices ranging from £66,890 to £75,010 depending on the version selected, the Jaguar XJ offers great value for money.

The current Jaguar XJ features an all-aluminium (100%) monocoque body structure, which helps to reduce the overall weight; therefore, increasing the fuel economy and overall performance and driving experience. The XJ faces some stiff competition from the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class, so have Jaguar done enough?

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Engines, Power and Performance

The current Jaguar XJ was available with a mixture of petrol and diesel engines, with varying power and performance levels. The most powerful was the 5-litre supercharged V8 with a massive 575hp and 700Nm of torque. It will race from 0-62mph in 4.4secs and continue up to an impressive top speed of 186mph.

All engines are mated to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission which includes stop/start technology. There are flappy-paddles behind the steering wheel, allowing you to change gears manually when you feel like taking control.

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Jaguar has now discontinued the majority of the engines, leaving just one diesel option, but what an engine! The XJ is now powered by a 3-litre turbocharged V6, badged the TDV6, and develops 300hp and a staggering 700Nm of torque. It will hit 0-62mph in 6.2secs and climb to a limited top speed of 155mph.

Although it may not be the quickest, the diesel engine in the XJ is smooth, with plenty of low-down grunt to make any overtaking straightforward on just about any road. Jaguar has styled the body of the XJ to look aggressive and racy on the outside, whilst maintaining its elegant and luxurious interior to make passengers feel pampered.

The Jaguar XJ cleverly combines the comfort and relaxation capabilities of a GT car with the responsive and thrilling driving experience of a hot-hatch. The XJ is a better drivers car and offers more fun and excitement than the Audi, BMW and Mercedes equivalents.

All Jaguar XJ models are fitted with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology, along with an air suspension system and adaptive dynamics with four selectable driving modes; Drive, Sport, Winter and Dynamic. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) is a low-speed cruise control used to help when the cars traction levels are low, allowing you to concentrate on steering and controlling the vehicle.

Interior, Quantity and Technology

Jaguar cars of old have not always had the most appealing interiors and could be viewed as dull and old-fashioned. The current Jaguar line-up though has had a thoroughly modern makeover, and all models feature stylish and fresh dashboard and trim accents. The XJ is no different and features the latest advanced technologies throughout.

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Each XJ model comes with Jaguar's InConnect Touch Pro infotainment system, featuring an intuitive swipe and pinch-to-zoom 10-inch colour touchscreen. The home-screens are customisable, responsive and have voice control, allowing for personalisation and ease of use. There's a 12.3-inch HD colour TFT interactive Driver Display Screen, replacing the usual analogue dials which is linked to the touchscreen.

Some of the standard features all Jaguar XJ models get are; DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, allowing you to link up your smartphone. However, if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you have to purchase the Smartphone Pack at an additional cost of £200.

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The XJ has 14-way electronically adjustable front seats with lumbar support, which can be heated and cooled along with four-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel. As you move up the trim levels, there are other luxury features included such as front seats with massage function, an advanced Meridian Surround Sound System and a digital TV.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The Jaguar XJ, as you would imagine with a car of its size and stature, is spacious and comfortable, ideal for any length journey. There is ample space up front for driver and passenger, with plenty of headroom and adjustable seats, allowing for even the long-legged to stretch out. In the rear of the XJ, there is a generous amount of head and legroom, with the LWB models gaining an extra 121mm of legroom.

There are various useful storage compartments in the front and rear of the XJ including; large door pockets, cupholders, a cubby under the front centre armrest and seatback map pockets in the rear. The boot is generous if not class-leading, with a capacity of 478-litres with the inclusion of an 18-inch space-saver spare wheel and up to 520-litres with a tyre repair system included in place of the spare wheel.

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The Jaguar XJ has not been safety tested by Euro NCAP, but it features a wealth of advanced safety assists and features as standard, as well as its strong all-aluminium body. Some of the standard safety features are; traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, front and rear parking aids with a rear parking camera, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

There are various optional extras available, some of which come as standard on pricier trim models, such as Park Assist, a 360° Camera and parking aid and blindspot assist with reverse traffic detection.

The Jaguar XJ is a gorgeous car that combines power, performance and sportiness, with the luxurious opulence most XJ owner would expect. Although this current model is no longer being produced, you can still get your hands on one now direct from stock at your local Jaguar dealership. If not you could wait for the release of the new all-electric model which is sure to have buyers scrambling to the showrooms.

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