Jaguar XJ Road Test (2011)

Jaguar XJ Interior (2011)

Jaguar XJ Review

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The standard Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system was absolutely superb, the reproduction was faithful to the source and we were able to explore the wide range of our CD collection - very impressive.

Safety and Security

Our test Jaguar XJ was equipped with a comprehensive range of active and passive safety systems including: airbags front and side (driver & front Passenger) with side curtain airbags, three-flash lane change indicators, tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) , pedestrian contact sensing - automatically deployable bonnet system, seat belt reminder (front & rear), front seats - whiplash protection system, power boot lid (open & close) with customisable height adjustment, remote control central locking with deadlocks and drive-away locking, parking aid – front & rear with camera (includes touch-screen visual indicator), security system - (perimeter alarm and ultrasonic intrusion sensing, battery backed sounder and inclination sensing with double locking and steering column lock), Jaguar Smart Key System - Keyless Start and Jaguar Smart Key System - Keyless Entry, Trac DSC (Dynamic Stability Control with three setting levels), ABS anti-lock brakes, EBA (emergency brake assist), tyre pressure monitoring, blind spot monitoring and door locks on the XJ are controlled remotely from the key fob, and each door can also be locked or double –locked with a button on the handle. In addition, the doors will lock automatically when the car reaches a pre-set speed, which can be chosen by the driver. The XJ is protected by an alarm and engine immobiliser.


Our test Jaguar XJ was equipped with Virtual Instruments - 12.3" (312mm) Full Colour TFT, Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system with Dolby Pro Logic ll Surround Sound, AM/FM radio, Single slot CD/DVD player, MP3 disc compatibility, hard disk drive (HDD) for audio files, EON, RDS, PTY, TA, remote power amplifier and 20 speakers including two subwoofers and two front door woofers, DAB Radio – £250 option, Digital / Analogue TV - £500 option and Driver Assistance Pack (Adaptive cruise control with forward alert; blind spot monitor; advanced emergency brake assist; active seat belts £1800 option. Bluetooth connectivity, Navigation System - with HDD mapping, postcode entry, destination entry on the move, voice guidance, voice control input, RDS and TMC (dynamic route guidance), access via touch screen with turn by turn indication in the TFT cluster, Eight inch full colour Touch-screen display, with controls for audio, navigation, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, climate control, trip computer and other user settings. Interactive Voice - Front voice control of audio, Bluetooth telephone connectivity & navigation - Say What You See (SWYS), also includes voice control of phone book contacts. Part of Jaguar iTech. Auxiliary power points in rear (x2) and front dual view functionality with Whitefire emitter and one set of headphones.

The standard Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system was absolutely superb, the reproduction was faithful to the source and we were able to explore the wide range of our CD collection - very impressive.

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What We liked
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Ride and handling
  • Jaguar kudos
  • The Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system
What We Disliked
  • Rear head room

There is no doubt that the new Jaguar XJ is a superbly executed saloon car which delivers an engaging driving experience combined with superb performance and excellent fuel economy.

Jaguar's flagship saloon is the product of decades of Jaguar heritage and craftsmanship, and this has resulted in a car that stirs the soul and it has certainly reawakened our love affair with Jaguar cars. In our opinion the lightweight aluminium bodied Jaguar XK is the best luxury saloon that you can buy.

4 March 2011 Melanie Carter
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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