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Jaguar XJ saloon - Interior & comfort (2010-2020)

The Jaguar XJ has lots of standard equipment but a fairly firm ride

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3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.6 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

The interior of the Jaguar XJ is arguably one of the nicest in its class, no matter which model you go for. That’s because all versions get a healthy amount of luxurious equipment and technology, with leather trim on not just the seats, but also the dashboard and centre console.

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The only slight caveat is a firm ride; for the most part it’s a good compromise between handling and comfort, but the XJ can sometimes fidget on anything other than a smooth road surface, particularly with the biggest wheels and their wafer-thin tyre sidewalls.

Jaguar XJ dashboard

Being in an XJ is a very pleasant experience. You sit low in the car and feel cocooned inside. There’s leather seemingly everywhere, as well as modern features such as a digital dashboard that set this XJ apart from the stuffy, old-fashioned image of its predecessor. However, the infotainment system isn't quite as slick as its rivals', but it does come with modern technology like Apple CarPlay.

The air vents are made of solid metal and very easy to use, while the doors are finished with huge slabs of polished wood veneer. Carbon-fibre and piano-black wood trim can be specified, too. You also get a distinctive gear selector wheel that rises from the centre console, as well as a starter button with a ‘heartbeat’ flash.

Equipment

Traditional luxury combines with hi-tech kit such as the Dual View infotainment system that can display two things at once on a single screen. So the front-seat passenger can watch something on TV while you look at sat-nav directions.

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Since early 2016, Jaguar's latest InControl Pro infotainment system has been available on the XJ. Among its features is the ability to display a moving sat-nav map where you'd usually see the speedometer and rev counter, as well as Apple CarPlay.

A panoramic sunroof makes the interior feel light and airy, and kit like climate control and electronically operated seats is standard on all models. Keyless entry and sat-nav are also included across the range.

Portfolio models are treated to a Meridian stereo, DAB radio and a larger touchscreen with Dual View and four-zone climate control. The XJR has a suite of sporty upgrades, including a styling kit, adaptive suspension and a more powerful Meridian stereo.

The R-Sport model, which is short-wheelbase only, features a three-piece front splitter, deep side sills, side power vents and a rear spoiler, as well as a gloss-black finish for the grille mesh, rear valance and window finishers. It has its own design of 20-inch alloy wheels, while inside there are sports seats, an R-Sport steering wheel and piano-black trim.

The Autobiography, which is only available with the long-wheelbase body, has chrome front bumper air intakes and 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there are unique 'Intaglio' quilted leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner and oak inlay veneer, as well as illuminated stainless-steel tread plates, air vents and boot finisher.

Options

For those who prefer to be driven rather than drive themselves, the XJ can be specified with privacy glass. Adaptive cruise control also makes the list of options, along with the Meridian stereo upgrade and the Dual View screen on model where it's not standard.

The long-wheelbase versions can be fitted with a rear seat pack that includes kit such as rear television screens, footrests and 'business tables'.

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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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