Drive – Jaguar XJ 3.0D Review

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They say you can’t the future but with Jaguar’s XJ sedan, you could always predict one thing: the new one would just like the old one.

the status quo has been reset. is the slavish devotion to the lines of the XJ of the replaced by a fresh exterior pushes the envelope.

Price and

The XJ’s bold styling well scare conservative but those who find its beady-eyed form enchanting won’t much to complain about.

The range kicks off from for the 3.0D short-wheelbase diesel here (plus on-road and costs). For that, you get a competitive of toys, including power of almost everything, satnav, front seats, smart key Bluetooth, voice activation and a sound system with inputs.

The Jag falls a little with dual rather four-zone climate control and no TV but a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch and a class-leading 30-gigabyte hard

Open the wallet wider and you can a longer wheelbase. A petrol V8 and two grades of supercharged V8 are also

With six airbags, anti-locking stability control and parking the XJ is safe but there are no rear-side and a reversing camera costs You’ll have to fork too, if you want radar or blind-spot/lane-change warning systems.

the bonnet

Jag’s 202kW twin-turbo diesel V6 works a in the XF and is just as impressive in the XJ, which is lighter owing to aluminium

It’s one of the quietest, smoothest you’ll find and, a mighty 600Nm of torque to on from just above its performance is superbly responsive and effortless. It’s thrifty, we averaged 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres in urban/highway running, within of the official 7.0L/100km claim.

The syrupy six-speed auto is and unobtrusive in the way it harnesses the diesel considerable punch. It does to hunt on hills but engaging mode solves this

How it drives

The Jag doesn’t feel the big it is on the road; the steering is direct and It corners with real and poise and its road-holding abilities are while the computer-controlled suspension can be by selecting dynamic mode.

The isn’t quite so admirable. You call it uncomfortable but it doesn’t offer the isolation and lushness you expect of a luxo limo on roads. Tyre noise, is present on coarse-chip surfaces.

Comfort and practicality

Leather and abound in the XJ’s voluptuous and – combined with such as the chrome, periscope-style air – deliver a lavish, atmosphere that’s expected of a

It’s clearly a 21st-century though. The analog instruments are digital projections on a screen, a touch-screen operating system like the XF, the unique circular selector rises spectacularly the console on start-up.

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Functionally, a bit of a mixed bag. Comfort is up front but headroom isn’t and the chrome trim is blinding in sunlight. Also, the instruments and graphics aren’t as crisply as some rival set-ups.

Head space will be an issue in the back for anyone than 183 centimetres, while who fit comfortably will find reasonable legroom.

The boot that deep or wide, and relies on length to achieve its 520-litre capacity.


A8 3.0 TDI Quattro

BMW 730d

Mercedes-Benz CDI

From $218,710 (plus and dealer costs). 3.0-litre diesel V6; 173kW/540Nm; 7-sp 7.7L/100km and 202g/km CO2. airbags; blind-spot/lane-change warning

Refined diesel drivetrain. on the costly side. Rating: 4/5


Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

In many and despite the self-conscious attempt at with the past, the XJ remains like its predecessors.

It’s not as pampering or as polished as the best sedans and falls well of perfection in a rational contest.

But the bold, ballsy and forward-looking also makes most seem predictable; boring You’ll struggle to find presence, a more exquisite ambience or a better diesel in the segment.

If you love the look and put own satisfaction before the interests of occupants, the XJ could be very

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