The Jaguar XJ has picked up the award for the 'Best Large Executive Car' at the Auto Express Used Car Honours 2006, announced today in the Auto Express weekly magazine.
A panel of experts from Auto Express judged the entire second-hand market to reveal the best used models that money can buy, taking into consideration everything from resale values, reliability, specification and availability.
The Jaguar XJ, which first hit new car showrooms in 2003, was chosen because of its excellent value, great driving dynamics and strong image. Another winning factor was the comparatively low running costs due to the lightweight, all-aluminium construction of the XJ, for example the 300bhp 4.2-litre version returns 26mpg, while the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 can go even further on a gallon. With the recently launched diesel version returning 35mpg, this bodes well for future second hand values.
Pete Holden, XJ Vehicle Office Manager at Jaguar Cars said: "It is a great honour to receive this award. The comfortable interior, superior levels of refinement and high standard of equipment make the XJ comfortable and luxurious for the driver when they want it to be, yet the lightweight aluminium body enables agile dynamics, powerful performance and outstanding fuel economy."
The XJ has scooped a number of awards since its launch including most recently in 2005, the 'Diesel Car of the Year' at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards, 'Best Luxury Car' at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards and 'Best Luxury Car' in the 2005 Fleet World Honours.Published 17 April 2006