Jaguar XJ Review

By Nishanth   |  October 23, 2013


Tata Motors bought the British brand in March 2008 and since then we have seen a few launches but the XJ seemed to take forever to come to India, but not anymore. The Jaguar has always been an epitome of stunning design and intuitive technology. A contemporary luxury car that is beautiful, exhilarating and sustainable, all at the same time.

Sleek, sporty, beautiful and sophisticated. These are a few terms that would strike you when you see the magnificent Jaguar XJ. The car was first premiered worldwide in London in July 2009, in a ceremony hosted by Jay Leno, one of the world's best-known chat show hosts and a renowned car enthusiast.

Powertrain & Performance

The luxury saloon from Jaguar comes in a two petrol engine variants and one diesel engine variant. Powered by these engines, the car can be the dream of anyone who loves to cruise around in style. The 5.0L AJ-V8 GEN III engine produces a torque of 515 Nm @ 3500 rpm and 379 bhp. The diesel fueled 3.0L V6 engine generates 270 bhp. There is also a supercharged version of the 5.0L petrol motor. It delivers an output of 502 bhp.

The engine is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted 'paddles' that allows you to shift the gears without using the clutch. The automatic transmission featuring Jaguar's trademark lighting quick Sequential Shift System makes your driving experience an exhilarating one.

The Jaguar XJ has a fast pick up and accelerates from 0-100 km/h within a span of 4.9 to 6.4 seconds. The top-speed of XJ is limited to 250 km/h. The V8 engine provides seamless power delivery and refined performance but, thanks to its intelligent technologies, without compromising on the fuel efficiency. According to the EPA government fuel figures, the Jaguar XJ sports an average mileage of 10 kmpl and avoids the tag of being a gas guzzler.

Build & Styling

Jaguar XJ defies the age-old idea of conventionalism and transforms the idea of comfort and luxury. The body of the car is built using the aerospace-inspired aluminium body technology. The front-end suspension features unequal length wishbones with weight-saving forged aluminium components, suspended by coil springs. Multi-link rear suspension features lightweight cast aluminium links.

When it comes to describing the exterior of the Jaguar XJ, there are few words which can do justice to this immensely beautiful machine. It is a 4-door large luxury saloon that has the body of a sports car. As seen from the front, the XJ has a wide and bold profile, deep set mesh grille that is flanked by Intelligent High Beam Xenon headlamps.

The Jaguar XJ has a very striking teardrop shaped side window graphic which accentuates the length of the car. The waistline looks proud and complements the ultra-sleek lines of the car. The rear of the car breaks some rules of conventional designs with LED light clusters that flow smoothly down the rear wings, following through the lines of the boot.

The interior of the car could not have been done in a more sophisticated and luxurious way. The interior of the XJ is accentuated with glove-soft leather, warm veneers and cool chrome. The hand-finished soft grain leather adorns main surfaces, including the seats, instrument panel, door tops, centre console and armrests.

Jaguar XJ is equipped with an automatic four-zone climate control with air filtration, humidity sensing and air quality sensing. The cabin provides accommodation for 5 individuals with ample legroom and headroom. It also features a panoramic glass roof that accentuates the feeling of space. The glass roof slides glass upwards and outwards, ensuring there is no loss of headroom. And if you are bothered about the car becoming too hot, think again, because the glass has a dark tint and special reflective coating that protects the car from strong sun. Also, if you need extra privacy, the twin electric blinds close at the touch of a button.

The instrumentation of Jaguar XJ includes industry-leading Virtual Instrument display that appears real and solid on a 12.3 inch high-definition glass screen set behind the steering wheel. Climate control, telephone and audio system controls respond at the touch of a finger. XJ has a class-leading 1200W Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system that features the Audyssey MultiEQ audio tuning system, which delivers exceptional clarity through 20 speakers that provide the ultimate in digital sound processing technology. It also has a Media Hub that makes easily connect to the latest media storage devices including latest iPod touch and iPhone.

Jaguar XJ comes with other functional features that are the trademarks of luxury and comfort at their peak. Some of the very unique features are Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) and a 3-spoke leather steering column featuring electric adjustment for height and reach with entry and exit tilt-away. Also featured in the exotic XJ is Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless entry and start, door puddle lamps, Phosphor Blue Halo Illumination and Interior Mood Lighting, Rain sensing Windscreen Wipers and heated windscreen and rear window.

It also includes other features that set it above the competition. XJ features front parking aid with touch screen visual indicator and rear camera parking aid. Other standard features, among many others, include rear coat hooks, front ashtray with cigar lighters and illuminated front stowage tray.

The Jaguar XJ includes the latest in the automobile safety technologies. Fully functional with driver and front passenger side airbags and curtain side airbags, anti-whiplash technology and seatbelt reminder for front and rear seats. It is also equipped with Rear child safety locks and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). There are other features that enhance the safety quotient of this car, such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with TRAC DSC mode and Electric Parking Brake (EPB).

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless entry and start
    • Quick ratio power-steering system with electric adjustment for height and reach
    • Blind-spot monitoring system, tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Cons

    • Pricey