Jaguar XJ Review |CarAdvice

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Jaguar XJ


We Review the XJ and our verdict: It#8217;s 100 percent a Fast Car

It’s big, and fast, but right now the Jaguar XJ is in ‘Dynamic Mode’ mode as we together a series of wickedly bends at a punishing pace and the composure is in a class of its own.

and the lack of general maintenance decimated the road surface driving on but you wouldn’t know it behind the wheel of the new Jaguar XJ. I like this car.

is no ordinary cat. It’s the new Jaguar XJ 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged armed with a no-nonsense 346 kW and 575 Nm of and capable of blasting from in 5.2 seconds.

Squeeze on the throttle and a definite urgency but power is so velvety smooth that it feels civilized regardless of how the needle inside the rev gauge is

For those who want even excitement (for some never enough), then probably want to step up to the grade XJ Supersport with its V8 and grin inducing 625 Nm of torque, to things along.

For those of you long distances each day to the or to the weekend farm or beach you might want to consider the option.

The XJ 3.0D Premium gives nothing away to its powered siblings in its 250km/h top (limited) yet this is a car that it’s size, sips at the remarkable rate of 7.01

It’s also one of quietest powered cars I’ve driven, and there is no audible way you pick it as a diesel over rpm, unless someone the beans.

With 202kW and a 600 Nm of torque, this greener Jag is no Drop your right and 0-100km/h is accomplished in just 6.4 while emitting just of CO2. It also happens to be the level XJ and at less than two grand, this will be the choice.

At just over long, the XJ is a seriously big car and that’s in wheel base guise. The wheel base version another 125 millimetres for that style legroom in the rear clever design means you’ll be hard pressed to it from the exterior view.

the wheel though, you won’t you’re driving a car of such except of course, if you happen to end up in a Sydney CBD carpark spiraling way down ten floors to the public where even a ‘smart’ car have issues.

This is a car that drives like a its Jaguar XF sibling, despite its That’s hardly surprising the XJ’s aluminium construction, it actually weighs slightly than its XF equivalent, and is at least 150 lighter than any of its German

Handling is in the master class too point accurate steering and agile cornering, even in the The more we pushed the XJ, the better the seemed to work. There’s no rebound or hint of bump even on these patchwork

However, I wouldn’t call the ride supple. The big 20-inch follow every pimple and in the road (good thing) but the quality on some surfaces has compromised in the interest of exceptional and driver enjoyment. I’m not complaining, but are some buyers who might be a softer and more compliant from Jaguar’s flagship

Best practice insulation life inside the cabin of the XJ is quiet, but that doesn’t the glorious supercharged V8 engine from being heard, as you one of the world’s smoothest shifting gearboxes by German manufacturer, ZF.

engineers saw absolutely no need for any seven or eight speed in the XJ, six does the job nicely and also less weight. This has to be one of the few automatic gearboxes made, successfully pairs up  with a set of shifting paddles as well as any clutch unit does its disappointing to see them finished in rather a more sophisticated metal look.

After 50 of perfectly dry conditions, we drove first into an afternoon of wet and roads, and the XJ didn’t flinch. The from the extra wide at the rear is prodigious, while the oversteer situation was easily before Jaguar’s electronic kicked in.

The brakes got a proper workout too but expect any fade from monster discs (380mm 376mm rear) no matter how you push. Pedal pressure is beautifully progressive and surefooted, being grabby.

Looks are subjective when it comes to but make no mistake, the 2011 XJ is a bona-fide head turner, and the average punter on the street doing the head turning.

Fast Cars’ is the current edict and it’s what living soul at Jaguar’s Bromwich factory dreams after they hit the lights out each night.

It all started the legendary English design Ian Callum (he’s most for the Aston Martin DB7) and the of the XK Series in 2006. This was the Jaguar design with a stamp, which thankfully saw the end of retro-modern designs of preceding

Callum produced yet another fast car’ in 2008 release of XF, a thoroughly contemporary which has continued to collect design awards, both for its and interior design executions.

the new XJ flagship, Jaguar has leapfrogged the with a bold design, and a looker it is.

This is a car that’s a long time coming. The of the previous generation Jaguar XJ was the final installment in an update dating back to the original XJ 1 of 1968.

This was undoubtedly most saloon car of its time and even Jaguar’s founder, Sir William to appear on a TV advertisement calling the car finest Jaguar ever”.

The XJ6 was in a different league to its German when it came to blending and luxury with on road and like the pervious XK Series it had no peers in the sports saloon

If the interior cabin of the Jaguar XJ a hotel, it would be a blend of the and London’s premier boutique to stay, The Hempel.

You’ll be aware of the JaguarDrive Control out of the centre console as you fire up the via the red-lit starter button.

The view touch screen is a familiar import from the XF but about where the similarities end and the XJ dash starts to look like that on board the luxurious Riva ‘Aquariva speed boat.

The entire is upholstered in some of the finest leather this side of a Royce Phantom, and is finished off a contrasting twin stitch. there’s no leather, you’ll plenty of exquisite gloss walnut veneer, and not just a few strips of the stuff, these would measure 10 or more wide in places.

I’m all for analogue and this superb blue piece in the centre of the dash like it’s from a end watchmaker although, sadly, is no branding to speak of.

I had no idea that there was a sounding or more powerful system than the brilliant Bang Olufsen audio from the Aston Martin

There is #8211; and it’s the Bowers Wilkins 1200W sound system, and it’s fitment on the Supercharged XJ’s.

Believe me when I say you want twenty-speaker (Kevlar cones) I was streaming a Roisin Murphy number off my iphone and maxed out the and not only was there zero but the sheer power of the speakers was moving my body.

The all-new XJ is already a success in the UK with 600 sold in the first full of sales, and Ian Callum’s Jaguar is almost complete, but for one last in the company stable.

What is missing from the current line-up is a proper two-seat every bit the looker that was still is) the incomparable E-Type only this time, a car that can compete head-to-head likes of a Porsche Cayman in the department. That’s what be dreaming about after I the lights out tonight.

Driven – XJ 5.0 Supercharged SWB: RRP $311,000

– Jaguar XJ 3.0D Premium SWB: RRP $198,800


Jaguar XJ 3.0D LWB Premium RRP $206,800

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 SWB Premium RRP $251,000

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 LWB Premium RRP $259,000

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 SWB Portfolio: RRP

Jaguar XJ 5.0 S/C SWB Supersport (375kW): RRP

Jaguar XJ 5.0 S/C LWB Supersport (375kW): RRP

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