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Jaguar XJ saloon - Engines, drive & performance (2010-2020)

Powerful diesel engine and sharp handling make the Jaguar XJ a joy to drive

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.6 out of 5

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Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Jaguar XJ is one of the best-handling cars in its class thanks to lightweight construction that makes it feel smaller than it actually is from behind the wheel. Add quick steering and very little body lean and you're unlikely to be disappointed when driving an XJ.

A low seating position, wraparound interior and plentiful grip mean the XJ is definitely the most involving car in the large executive saloon class, beating German rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series when it comes to driving pleasure.

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Even with a diesel engine, it's still surprisingly fast given the XJ’s vast bulk. It's capable of chewing up miles of motorway with ease yet still well suited to tackling B-roads with precision. The XJ does have a firmer ride than the likes of the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, though, especially when fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels.

Jaguar XJ diesel engine

There’s only one engine available for the XJ – a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Fortunately, it's genuinely excellent, and should be fast enough for most buyers. Its low-down grunt is good for overtaking, too, and helps it manage a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds – pretty quick given the XJ's size. The Porsche Panamera diesel manages it very slightly quicker, taking six seconds flat.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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