It’s good, better or the best with the new Jaguar XJ
Completely revamped, the 2011 Jaguar XJ has competition coming from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series and the Porsche Panamera – all classy, but no need to worry. Opting for a complete sedan overall, the Jaguar suits opted for an all new design with exterior changes most notable in the rear view. Inside its one classy ride with all leather and wood trim deluxe.
Another major standout is engine size choices from the base XJ with 385 horsepower to the big bad version with 510 horsepower. You can choose the Jaguar XJ in either a regular or long-wheelbase (L) with a four-door body style on either. Whether you choose the regular or the L there are also options from three trim levels; the XJ, XJ Supercharged or XJ Supersport.
I had the XJL Supercharged for a week and it couldn’t have gotten any better unless I had a need for that 510 horsepower, but the 470 horse I drove suited me just fine.
Under the hood there is a smorgasbord of goodies from which to choose. The base XJ has a 5.0-liter V8 with the 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque under the hood and fro most that’s good enough. You also get a six-speed automatic and manual shift control on the XJ. Keep in mind as well that the Supercharged has a 5.0-liter V8 with 470 horsepower and 424 pound feet of torque and the XJ Supersport takes it all the way to that V8 with the 510 horsepower and 461 pound feet of torque.
We’ve already talked about the interior – it’s classy plus, but for specifics consider the all-leather on the seats and the doors and dash as well. There’s a large stock of wood trim and chrome and baby-blue lighting for just the right touch when you need it. The knobs and controls are easy to navigate too and the touchscreen is intuitive for any driver.
Final answer; It’s a keeper and folks will definitely see you coming.
Need to Know: Looking at the 0 to 60 factor; the XJ is 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds and the Supersport kicks in around 4.7 seconds.
Out of Pocket: Anywhere from $90,000 to well over $100,000 on this one, but the mileage is not as bad as you’d imagine. The XJL Supercharged came in at 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway and an estimate of $2,822 a year in fuel costs.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor who has written over 1000 articles during her career on a variety of topics. A member of the Texas Auto Writer’ Association, Cook has published a number of books her latest “A Brief
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