Jaguar XJR Road Test

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Jaguar XJ Review

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Jaguar has worked hard on their build quality and now has a reputation for delivering well built and reliable cars.

What We Liked
  • The outrageous performance
  • Class leading ride
  • The engine / Supercharger note
  • The ambience
What We Disliked
  • Some of the unnecessary ‘R’ exterior styling
  • Fuel economy
  • The quality of the interior could be improved
What We'd Like To See
  • It pretty much has everything you could want
Build Quality

Jaguar has worked hard on their build quality and now has a reputation for delivering well built and reliable cars. Everything on our test car was of a high standard, materials were acceptable but perhaps not class leading. The rear electric blind at first wouldn’t rise but a quick poke and it solved itself, not really a major problem.

Jaguar dealerships have a good reputation for customer service and the whole Jaguar range has crept to the top of the customer satisfaction polls.

Value For Money

At a little over £60,000 the Jaguar XJR is around £4,500 cheaper than a BMW M5 or £10,000 less than Audi’s S8 and over £13,500 less than the Mercedes CLS AMG. Sure the Jaguar is the underdog, some might argue outclassed but it is very good value and we believe that it can hold its head up high amongst its peers.

Conclusion

The Jaguar XJ has evolved into a very desirable range of cars, from the entry-level diesels, with their fantastic engine through to the outrageous supercharged 400 bhp XJR.

If we were looking for a prestigious saloon then the XJ would probably be our choice, it faces very tough competition from Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz but although we find those cars technically very competent they don’t have the soul of the Jaguar, they are clinical - where the XJ has soul. Some ill-informed people consider the Jaguar brand to be for the old man, well I am a male in my early forties and my test partner female in her thirties and both of us felt very comfortable with the brand. It is credible with younger drivers, when I asked my twenty something nephew about the  Jaguar brand he considered it desirable and aspirational.

If it were my money I might look at the diesel model, saving on fuel bills with little compromise on every day ‘useable’ performance. Of course the XJR is far more capable, it is super car quick, with few five seat competitors but you do have to drive it hard to explore the true advantages, which is more of a reflection on modern road conditions than the XJR's performance.

The Jaguar XJR certainly comes highly recommended, in some ways it is better to live with than the XK coupe, which for the family user is a no no. It is very quick and yet it still has the decorum that other marques can only aspire to.

4 September 2007 Melanie Carter
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Jaguar XJ Road Test Data
Model ReviewedJaguar XJR
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourLunar Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph5.0 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban16.5 mpg
Extra Urban34.9 mpg
Combined25 mpg
  
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / Unlimited Mileage
Price (when tested on the 04/09/07)£59,995 OTR

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