Jaguar XJ Review

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Jaguar XJ Review

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Getting in and out of the Jaguar XJ is a relatively easy affair although beware of the swooping roofline, the sills aren't particularly high and the doors are light to open.

Ease of Use

The Jaguar XJ is a very intuitive car to drive, the controls are ergonomically laid out and easy to operate. Keyless entry and start is a standard feature throughout the model range.

Getting in and out of the Jaguar XJ is a relatively easy affair although beware of the swooping roofline, the sills aren't particularly high and the doors are light to open.

The seating position is excellent keeping you in line with the steering wheel.

Rear seat passengers need to be a little more nimble but the leg room is not too bad (a long wheelbase option is available) but head room is a little limited. Both of the rear seats have Isofix child seat fixings which we would recommend you use over seat belt only solutions.

The boot is quite shallow for a large vehicle but does offer 520 litres of space and the boot lid opens electronically.
Front, side and rear vision is excellent but you are also supported with front and rear parking sensors and  a reversing assist parking camera.

Comfort and Refinement

Our test car was equipped with soft grain leather wrapped seats, the driver’s seat featured three-position memory and the front passenger seat is electrically adjustable. Front and rear seats are equipped with active ventilated front and rear seats - heated/cooled. We found the seats both comfortable and supportive.

The steering column features electrical adjustment for height and reach with entry and exit tilt-away.

The headlining featured premium suede cloth which was luxurious to touch. White and Phosphor Blue halo illumination and interior mood lighting added to the interior ambience.

Four Zone climate control with automatic air filtration, humidity sensing and four-zone temperature control for driver and front passenger was standard on our test car.

All XJ's are equipped with the panoramic glass roof with tilt/slide front section and electric blinds which enhanced the light and airy feeling inside the cabin.

The acoustic laminated glass (front screen / front door glass) kept exterior noise to a minimum.

The automatic Bi-Xenon headlights with washers and front LED signature lights automatically come on at dusk or when entering an underground car park or tunnel. Our test car was also equipped Adaptive Front Lighting with cornering lamps and intelligent high beam.

Approach illumination (via remote control) also enables you to put on the headlights when approaching the vehicle whilst lighting your path.

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Jaguar XJ Road Test Data
Model ReviewedJaguar XJ 3.0 Portfolio
Body TypeSaloon
ColourLunar Grey
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.4 secs
Top Speed 155mph
TransmissionSix-speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban29.6 mpg
Extra Urban50 mpg
Combined40.1 mpg
Insurance Group49
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 04/03/11)£66,500 OTR price excluding options

The information contained within this Jaguar XJ review may have changed since publication on the 4 March 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Jaguar dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018