Jaguar XJ saloon
Price £58,690 - £100,000
- Sporty handling
- Beautiful design
- High-quality cabin
- Slightly firm ride
- Poor rear headroom
- Expensive running costs
At a glance
"The Jaguar XJ is beautiful, great to drive and has a sumptuous cabin, making it one of the best luxury limousines around."
The Jaguar XJ is the British brand's biggest saloon car, aimed at high-flying executives and those looking for more than a little luxury in their life. This top-of-the-range model rivals the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class, while the Porsche Panamera is also comparable when it comes to performance and luxury – if not price.
Just like any executive saloon worth its salt, the XJ has plenty of legroom in the rear and is as nice to drive as it is to be driven in. The long-wheelbase version in particular has enough space to rival a first-class seat on an airliner – and feels similarly luxurious, too.
The interior features plenty of leather and solid metal and is a step away from the traditional, if a little stuffy, Jaguars of old. Combine that with big slabs of dark wood, plus the latest technology, and the XJ's cabin is a winner. The distinctive Jaguar gear selector that rises up from the centre console is a particularly classy feature.
Although you're unlikely to buy an XJ for its fuel economy, Jaguar does offer the car with a 3.0-litre diesel engine that makes it both quick and efficient. The XJ Autobiography (long-wheelbase only) is available with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine that makes it extremely quick, but also very expensive to run, while the Jaguar XJR (short-wheelbase only) has an even more powerful version of the same engine. There's also a 3.0-litre V6 petrol that's smooth and quiet and sits between the diesel and the V8 petrol for fuel economy.
No matter what way you look at it, the Jaguar XJ isn't cheap, but the most basic version undercuts the entry-level Mercedes S-Class by several thousand pounds. A major plus point is that the Jaguar offers plenty of equipment, even in this cheapest model. It's stuffed with kit, including a panoramic sunroof, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Our choice would be the 3.0-litre diesel in Portfolio spec. The equipment list is as long as your arm and the diesel engine provides the best economy in the range, with solid performance to boot. Plus, it's around £7,000 cheaper to buy than an entry-level Mercedes S-Class. The long-wheelbase version is only worth it if you can afford a chauffeur.
The Jaguar XJ diesel engine offers decent fuel economy, but its petrol engines are quite thirsty
Powerful engines and sharp handling make the Jaguar XJ a joy to drive
The Jaguar XJ has lots of standard equipment but a fairly firm ride
The Jaguar XJ has decent boot space and a huge amount of legroom in the back
Owners rave about the Jaguar XJ in customer satisfaction surveys