The latest generation Jaguar XJ has been in production since 2010, meaning it’s now almost nine years old.
Over its time, however, the British firm has given the car two minor facelifts – one in 2014 and one in 2015. So, with that in mind, we’re going to find out if the XJ can still be competitive against its main rivals – the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. Not to mention the rising threat from the fully electric Tesla Model S.
Due to the model coming towards the end of its current lifespan, there’s only one engine available – a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel. While it’s not necessarily a positive that there aren’t any engine choices, it helps that the one on offer is a good unit.
The V6 provides a nice balance of performance and economy. The 295bhp engine propels the XJ from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155mph. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the XJ should be able to return a respectable combined 40.4mpg and 185g/km CO2.
Ride & Handling
The XJ has a trick up its sleeve – the way it drives. The car manages to be comfortable (as a luxury saloon should be), yet sporty at the same time. You don’t feel detached from the car like some of the vehicles in this segment – despite it having electric power steering. The XJ inspires confidence through the bends and feels agile for a car of its rather large size.
This aspect of the Jaguar XJ is its trump card. If you want a limousine that’s relaxing to drive, but also engaging when going down a twistier section of road, take a good look at the XJ because it’s well ahead of its competition.
Interior & Equipment
Interior quality is as you would expect from a premium brand like Jaguar – everything is of a high quality to touch and use. Surprisingly, despite its age, nothing specifically seems out of date. The main reason for this is that, in 2015, Jaguar upgraded the infotainment system to the much improved InControl Pro unit, which has helped to keep the XJ with the times.
If you are carrying rear passengers on a regular basis, you’ll want to go for the long wheelbase model. In this form, the XJ offers ample legroom and headroom in the back. However, it must be mentioned that in standard wheelbase form, space in the back isn’t as generous due to the elegant sloping roofline.
The Jaguar XJ starts at £62,360 for the SWB and £65,360 for the LWB – that’s a slightly lower price tag than rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Considering that running costs should be reasonable from the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, it’s not a bad buy. The only main worry in the long run is the model’s depreciation.
On the plus side, there’s also plenty of scope to spec up your perfect one without breaking the bank. The most expensive trim, R-Sport, is £74,480 and comes with pretty much everything you could want as standard, including 18-way adjustable front sports seats with driver and passenger memory functions.Find local XJ prices
The XJ is a very capable luxury saloon that will please drivers and passengers alike. Even though it’s ageing – something that’s is noticeable unfortunately – the XJ offers some timeless qualities, like a good driving experience and high-end interior refinement. Admittedly, other cars in the segment have edged ahead in some aspects, but that doesn’t mean the XJ is a bad choice by any means.