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Jaguar’s full-size sedan has earned bountiful praise for its interior craftsmanship, alert reflexes, and sleek aluminum body. Yet, what really sets the XJ apart from its competitors isn’t so much its résumé. Rather, it’s the XJ sedan’s effortless elegance and sheer magnetism, building upon the marque’s renowned, long-standing British heritage.

What's New for 2017

Complete details on the 2017 model are not yet available, but it will essentially be a carryover.

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Choosing Your Jaguar XJ

The XJ starts out with a classy wood-and-leather interior that’s packed with such premium features as a 20-speaker 825-watt Meridian sound system, heated and ventilated seats in both front and rear, and a flat-panel 12.3-inch instrument screen with virtual gauges. There's no denying that even the most basic XJ (if such a thing exists) is indulgently equipped.

Buyers can choose 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 a 550-horsepower version of the V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on every XJ, and all-wheel drive is available on V6 models. Standard All Surface Progress Control provides automatic throttle and brake inputs when accelerating on slippery roads.

Fuel economy is estimated at 18/27 mpg (city/highway) with the V6 engine, and 15/23 mpg with the 470-horsepower V8.

Trim levels for the XJ correspond to what's under the hood:

XJ R-Sport

Starting at $75,395 (destination charge included), the “base” model contains the 3-liter supercharged V6, and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the features listed above, the R-Sport comes with a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive LED headlights. Also standard are automatic high-beam control, soft-close doors, soft-grain leather upholstery, and 19-inch wheels. All-wheel drive adds $3,500. The optional Comfort Pack adds massaging front seats with expanded adjustments, passenger memory settings, four-zone climate control, and a power rear sunshade. There's also an Illumination Pack with enhanced courtesy and accent lighting. The Parking Assist Pack adds surround-review cameras and an automated parking system.

XJL Portfolio

Priced considerably higher at $84,195, the Portfolio sedan rides on a five-inch longer wheelbase for extra legroom in the rear. Contents of the XJ R-Sport's option packages are standard fare for the Portfolio.

The optional ($8,500) Premium Rear Seat package adds individual rear seats with massage and memory, foldout tables, and an entertainment system with dual 10.2-inch LCD screens and a pair of wireless headphones.

XJ Supercharged

Gets the 470-horsepower supercharged V8, plus 20-inch wheels with performance tires and a sport-tuned suspension. The Illumination Pack and Parking Assist Pack remain available. Sticker price is $92,995.

XJL Supercharged

Same as above, but with the extended wheelbase and available Premium Rear Seat package.

XJR

Hottest XJ of the lot, the XJR stands ready to unleash its 550-horsepower V8. Included are specific suspension tuning, sport seats, hood louvers, and quad exhausts. Both wheelbases are offered, and the Illumination Pack and Parking Assist Pack remain available. Note that the Premium Rear Seat package is not offered on this trim level. Exclusive to the XJR is the optional Chrome Pack with generous exterior chrome trim and a chrome-surrounded gloss black grille. Naturally, you have to pay a substantial price for the ultimate XJ model: $118,995 for the regular-length sedan, and $121,995 for the long-wheelbase edition.

A handful of individual options are available, including adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, a carbon fiber engine cover, and a heated windshield.

CarsDirect Tip

There's a $46,600 price spread between the top and bottom of the XJ line, so don't be scared off by the six-figure prices of upper models. Not surprisingly, the V8 engines don't come cheap, but you have an easy alternative. With 340 horsepower on tap from the V6, you can drive off in the “base” XJ without feeling the least bit deprived.

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