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.
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2019 Jaguar XJ Overview
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.
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:
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.
2019 Jaguar XJ Review
A flagship sedan for the British cat. Regardless of the ongoing popularity of utility vehicles, luxury car manufacturers aren't taken seriously without a full-size sedan to lead the fleet. The 2019 Jaguar XJ is all that and much more. Ultimately, it's also a capable competitor to the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Jaguar offers the XJ in standard- and long-wheelbase versions. We recommend the latter as it supplies ample leg room and aligns with what competing models offer. One demerit that cannot be overlooked is its cramped rear-seat head room, which is due to the sloping roofline.
Superchargers all the way. Lexus relies on a twin-turbocharged V6 engine to move its beautiful LS. Jaguar supplies superchargers, which supply superior step-off power and robust acceleration.
The standard 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine generates 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. For customers wanting optimum power, an available 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine delivers 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. There’s even a 575-hp version of that V8 for the XJR575.
Handsome exterior, exquisite interior. The XJ wears the brand’s styling convention in a more subtle way than other Jaguar models. Its sheet metal is smooth and elegant, tapering rearward from the signature grille to its sloping roofline. In long-wheelbase form, this big sedan is all the more impressive with its limousine-like layout. We think it looks best when dressed in deep colors, although silver and black do nothing to diminish its elegance.
Inside, the cabin is nothing less than cavernous. Ample amounts of high-end woods, bright chrome, soft leather, and glossy piano black trim supply it with the touches we expect in this segment. The available rear-seat comfort package adds heating, cooling, and massaging seats along with an entertainment system, clearly making this compartment the most desirable of all.
Technology finally caught up. We love the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and the 10-inch infotainment screen. These are features we expect in a model of the XJ’s competence. What’s been lacking is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. This year, they’re both options as Jaguar releases a measure of control with its InControl interface.
On the audio front, the XJ shines with its standard 18-speaker and two subwoofer audio system from Meridian. If that’s not enough, upgrade to the 1300-watt Meridian Reference system with an additional six speakers to spread concert-hall quality sound throughout the cabin.
Final thoughts. The shrinking market for sedans comes as buyers place a priority on utility vehicles. Jaguar doesn’t have an SUV that matches the XJ in size and comfort, although its sister Land Rover brand does. If you desire a sedan that would impress a statesman, the 2019 Jaguar XJ simply doesn't disappoint.
However, the XJ isn't cheap. Its appeal is to a narrow segment of shoppers, including executives who prefer the timeless comfort of a land yacht. Base models start at $76,725 including destination and increase from there depending on wheelbase, engine, and drivetrain.