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Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - October 1, 2018

2019 Jaguar XJ OVERVIEW

The 2019 Jaguar XJ envelops passengers in luxury, which is par for the course. What's unique about the XJ is its gorgeous styling and athletic handling characteristics. The XJ may be a modern sedan, but it exudes an old-school aura that capitalizes on Jaguar's rich heritage. Opting for the available V8 engine brings a muscular aural note and feel to the sedan that's uncommon for the segment.

What's New for 2019

A new special-edition model joins the lineup for 2019. The XJ50 is meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the XJ model. It's based off of the long-wheelbase variant of the XJ and can be fitted with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 or a 470-hp V8. As a special-edition model, the XJ50 gets bespoke features, which include unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch wheels, gloss black trim, and distinctive badges.

Jaguar XJ

Choosing Your Jaguar XJ

As the largest and most opulent sedan in Jaguar's arsenal, there are a copious amount of choices to explore when it comes to the XJ. To begin with, there are two wheelbases: one that measures in at 119.4 inches and another that's 124.3 inches long. Then, there are three engines to explore, all of which are supercharged. Lastly, the XJ is offered in six trims, following a simple ladder of more luxury features as you go higher up the pecking order.

The base engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. Despite the XJ's large stature, the base engine has a large amount of thrust, allowing the vehicle to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds. The motor is also the most fuel-efficient offering for the XJ, as it's rated by the EPA to get up to 18 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 combined.

Those seeking more performance have the option of choosing between two V8 engines. The "pedestrian" variant is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that generates 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph is even more impressive for the V8, as it takes just 4.9 seconds. Needless to say, the larger engine isn't as fuel efficient with ratings of 15/23/18 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Higher up the pecking order sits an even more powerful variant of the supercharged V8. Instead of 470 hp, the motor has been upgraded to crank out 575 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque. The beast of the engine helps the XJ get to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, which is great when taking the sedan's large proportions into consideration.

All of the available engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $2,900 option for models equipped with the supercharged V6 engine.

There are six trims to choose from for the XJ:

XJ R-Sport

The R-Sport is the most affordable way to get into an XJ with a starting price of $76,395 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). While the R-Sport may be the most affordable way to get a XJ, the trim comes with a lengthy list of standard features. Heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, adaptive full LED headlights, auto high beam assist, a rear heated window, LED taillights, a trunk lid spoiler, soft door close, keyless entry and 19-inch wheels are standard exterior features. On the inside, the trim comes with a 10-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a 20-speaker Meridian surround-sound audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a garage door opener, a panoramic glass roof, 14-way power front seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 12.3-inch interactive driver display, heated and cooled front seats, and interior mood lighting as standard.

There are a few major available packages for the base R-Sport trim. The Illumination Package ($510) adds illuminated air vents, illuminated stainless steel tread plates, and LED reading lights. The Comfort Package ($2,040) brings 18-way power front seats, front massaging seats, a memory system for the front passenger's seat, four-zone climate control, and an electric rear window sun blind. Notable standalone options include a heated front windshield ($385), an upgraded 26-speaker audio system ($4,285), adaptive cruise control ($1,625), a surround-view camera system ($815), a 360-degree parking aid ($305), and park assist ($815).

XJL Portfolio

The XJL Portfolio is the first trim in the lineup to come with the long wheelbase and has a starting price of $85,495. Over the base trim, the XJL Portfolio adds a chrome radiator grille, a chrome lower grille, extended side sills, an electric rear window sun blind, manual side sun blinds, quilted softgrain leather seats, and 18-way power front seats as standard.

Available options for the XJL Portfolio mimic the ones found on the R-Sport, but the long-wheelbase model can also be fitted with the Premium Rear Seat Package ($4,080). It comes with two individual electric rear seats with memory, four-zone automatic climate control, LED reading lights, electric rear side window sun blinds, a rear seat entertainment system, rear business tables, and winged front headrests.


Pricing for the long wheelbase XJ50 starts at $88,495, Upgrading to the available 5.0-liter, 470-hp V8 engine raises the price to $100,295. Standard equipment builds off teh XJL Portfolio and adds chrome XJ50 side power vents, bespoke badging, illuminated treadplates, unique engraving, an embossed center armrest, 20-inch wheels, gloss Shadow Walnut veneer, bespoke front and rear fascias, black grille mesh, aluminum gearshift paddles, bright metal pedals, and a surround-view camera system. The only major package for the XJ50 is the Premium Rear Seat Package ($4,080) that brings the same features as it does on the XJL Portfolio.

XJ Supercharged

If you're looking to get into a XJ model with the V8 engine, the standard wheelbase XJ Supercharged is the most affordable option with a starting price of $93,995. Over the R-Sport trim that's it's based off of, the XJ Supercharged comes with four-zone automatic climate control, gloss Rich Oak veneer, and an electric rear window sun blind as standard. The only available package for the XJ Supercharged is the Illumination Package ($510) that adds the same features as it does on the R-Sport.

XJL Supercharged

The XJL Supercharged is nearly identical to the XJ Supercharged trim, but adds the long wheelbase to the equation. The XJL Supercharged starts at $97,295. The XJL Supercharged combines the features from the XJL Portfolio and the XJ Supercharged into one powerful, lengthy sedan. Available features are the same as on the ones found on the XJL Portfolio trim.


The range-topping XJR575 costs $123,395 and comes with the 575-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. It adds red brake calipers, a carbon fiber engine cover, an active sports exhaust system with quad tailpipes, a three-piece front splitter, an R-Badge front grille, a trunk lid spoiler, “575” badges, gloss black exterior trim pieces, R front and rear treadplates, “575” dashboard embossing, and suedecloth premium headlining as standard. The heated windshield ($385), adaptive cruise control ($1,625), and surround-view camera ($815) remain options.

CarsDirect Tip

With 575 horses on tap, we're sure the XJR575 is worth every penny of its price tag, but it's probably overkill for the majority of consumers. The fact that there's a $47,000 difference between the base R-Sport and XJR575 in the 2019 Jaguar XJ lineup is also another reason to go with one of the lower trims. In fact, the R-Sport and, for those that want more rear leg room, the XJL Portfolio are fine choices. The V8 engines are steeply priced and with 340 hp, it's not like the supercharged V6 is down on power. The Comfort Package, adaptive cruise control, and 360-degree camera are all options that are worth looking into.

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