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Jaguar XJ review The Jaguar XJ is a worthy rival to the German luxury car trio of the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 thanks to its dramatic styling, composed driving dynamics and high class cabin. The old Jaguar XJ was considered one of the most conservative looking luxury cars, but the latest XJ has shaken off the Gentleman's Club image thanks to its classy looks and superb driving experience. The speed of the Jaguar XJ, combined with its low driving position and wrap-around cockpit, make it the best handling car in its class and create the impression you're driving a sports car, until you look behind and see how much space there is. However, the nimble handling of the Jaguar comes as a result of the sacrifice of some comfort: even in the long wheelbase models rear headroom is not as good as that found in the Mercedes or Audi. The swoopy and dynamic looking XJ is available in short and long-wheelbase body styles, and its latest styling tweaks ensure there’s a close family resemblance to the smaller Jaguar XF and Jaguar XE models. Dealers offer the standard wheelbase Jaguar XJ for sale in a range of model trims, starting with the XJ Luxury which provides a panoramic glass roof, LED headlamps, 14-way heated seats and four zone climate control amongst its highlights. Next up is the XJ Premium which adds metallic paint, leather heated and cooled seats, and a 380 Watt audio upgrade, while the XJ Portfolio model delivers LED adaptive headlamps, 18-way seat adjustment, massaging front seats, blind spot and collision monitoring, reverse traffic detection, and an 825 Watt audio upgrade with digital TV. The XJ R-Sport is a moody looker with privacy glass, rear spoiler, gloss black window surrounds and suede headlining inside, while the Jaguar XJ-R is a full-on performance model with a 5.0 supercharged V8, active differential, red painted brake calipers, bonnet louvres and quad exhaust tailpipes to show the world you mean business. If you want the long-wheelbase model, then the first three trim levels are the same, but instead of the sporty options Jaguar offers the XJ Autobiography – a truly luxurious flagship with rear tables and twin rear 10-inch JD screens, a 1,300 Watt audio system, massaging rear seats and a surround camera system with park assist. Details of the facelift in 2015 include design tweaks comprising of a larger, more upright grille, twin 'J-blade' LED day-running lights and at the rear the light clusters have a similar 'J-blade' LED graphic and a new bumper with twin oval exhaust pipes. The 2015 model changes also brought in new electric power steering, a raft of new safety kit and a far more intuitive touchscreen infotainment system called InControl Touch Pro and a new configurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Engines, performance and drive 4.6 Sharp steering and agile chassis makes XJ the best limo to drive, but that also means it's firmer on the road than rivals There's no luxury car that handles quite like the Jaguar XJ. Like the Audi A8, it's made from lightweight aluminium so it feels nimble on the move, turns into corners swiftly and thanks to adaptive dampers, stays taut and adjustable even when cornering hard. The steering on the Jaguar XJ is light and precise, and it all adds up to create a car that seems to shrink around you in a way its rivals can't. However, the pay-off can be a jittery ride over poor surfaces and the rear visibility is poor because of the tiny rear window. If you can afford it, the 335bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 fitted to the Jaguar XJ is rapid and makes a great noise. Read More http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/jaguar/xj 2017 Features "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
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The 2018 Jaguar XJ swaddles its occupants in leather, delivers them in style, and offers sporty road manners for a large car due to its lightweight construction.
The 2018 Jaguar XJ is the British automaker's flagship luxury sedan, and the car that leads the way for the brand’s styling direction. It cuts a striking shape on the outside, and is luxurious though a bit blingy on the inside. It stands out among full-size luxury sedans for its sporty character, which is made possible by its body’s lightweight aluminum construction. Jaguar offers the XJ in short- and long-wheelbase body styles, with a model range that consists of the V-6-powered XJ R-Sport and XJL Portfolio, and the V-8-powered XJ Supercharged, XJL Supercharged, and the new high-output V-8 XJR575.
That XJR575 is the big news for 2018. It replaces the XJR, and an engine calibration change increases output of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 from 550 to 575 horsepower. The 0-60 mph time falls to 4.2 seconds and the top speed is an impressive 186 mph. It also gets some aerodynamic tweaks on the outside and some styling cues on the inside.
Other changes for 2018 include a new 10-inch center touchscreen that replaces an 8.0-inch unit; in-car wi-fi enabled by a 4G connection; new safety technologies including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings with active lane control, and a driver drowsiness monitor; and the addition of Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control system, which uses the traction control to help the car pull away on low-friction surfaces.
In addition to the 575-hp V-8, Jaguar offers a 470-hp version of the same engine in its XJ and XJL Supercharged models. These are good for a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds, while the 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the XJ R-Sport and XJL Portfolio can vault the car to 60 mph in just less than six seconds. The V-6 models are unique in offering all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy for the V-6 is decent at 18 mpg city, 27 highway, 21 combined. The V-8, however, does no better than 18 mpg combined.
Handling and ride quality vary by model. The XJ is generally quite composed and its aluminum body construction makes it lighter and sportier than most rivals. All models come with adjustable dampers and a rear air suspension that combine to smooth out most bumps, but the XJR575 is sport tuned and may be too firm for some tastes.
Inside, the XJ is well-equipped, swathed in leather and chrome, and quite roomy for front passengers. Much of the 5 extra inches of wheelbase in long-wheelbase models goes to rear leg room, making that measurement quite spacious, but the stylish, sloping roofline still steals some rear head room. Buyers can make up for that with the Premium Rear Seat package, which adds such amenities as twin 10.2-inch entertainment screens, massagers, seat heating and cooling, and rear tables.
The Jaguar XJ cuts a dashing shape, and its good looks flow down to the rest of the range. Unfortunately, its beautiful but somewhat blingy cabin doesn’t also influence other Jags.
The Jaguar XJ is a far cry from the staid but stylish sedans of yesteryear. It cuts a striking profile on the road, and its face is characterized by the signature Jaguar gaping maw grille, which is simple and commanding. Inside, the XJ doesn’t succumb to Jaguar’s new-found spartan touch, instead going with a richly appointed theme inspired by luxury yachts.