Jaguar’s full-size cruiser is known for its interior craftsmanship, alert reflexes and sleek aluminum body. But what really sets the XJ apart isn’t so much its resume as its effortless elegance and sheer magnetism.
What's New for 2015
Aside from minor equipment shuffles, the XJ is unchanged.
Choosing Your Jaguar XJ
The XJ starts out with a classy wood and leather interior that’s packed with features like navigation with an 8-inch touchscreen, a flat-panel instrument screen with virtual gauges, and a premium Meridian audio system. You also get a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensor, a backup camera, a blind-spot warning system and soft-close doors. There's no denying that even the most basic XJ (if there is such a thing) is luxuriously equipped.
You have a choice between two wheelbases and three supercharged engines spread across the wide model range: a 3-liter 340-horsepower V6, a 5-liter V8 with 470 horsepower, and 550-horsepower version of the same. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and all-wheel drive is available on all V6 models.
The XJ's trim levels correspond to what's under the hood:
Any XJ variant can get a handful of individual options, including adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, a thunderous 26-speaker Meridian sound system and a heated windshield.
There's a $45,000 price spread between the top and bottom of the XJ line, so don't be scared off by the six-figure prices of some models. Not surprisingly, the V8 engines don't come cheap, but with 340 horsepower on tap from the V6, you can drive away in the "base" XJ without feeling deprived in the least.