2014 Jaguar XJ Review

March 12, 2014
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The rear-wheel-drive, five-seater XJ, Jaguar’s flagship sedan, has impressive ride quality and an array of powerful engines to boast of for 2014. Jaguar also updated the standard and optional features lists for the new XJ. Check out the Jag sedan below and see how it compares with some of its rivals such as Porsche Panamera and Audi A8.

NEW FOR THE 2014 XJ

  • XJR trim level
  • 3.0-liter V6 engine in the XJL Portfolio
  • standard soft-door close on all models
  • optional 26-speaker Meridian audio system
  • discontinuation of the Ultimate trim level and optional rear-seat wood tray tables

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Jaguar XJ and XJL Portfolio have a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The XJ supercharged gets a more powerful engine, a 5.0-liter V8 which has a power output of 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. The high-performance version of this engine is under the hood of the new XJR, releasing 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. All XJ models have an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

The 2014 Jaguar XJ gets the following fuel economy ratings from the EPA:

City

Highway

Combined

3.0L V6 340 hp supercharged (RWD)

18 mpg

27 mpg

21 mpg

3.0L V6 340 hp supercharged (AWD)

16 mpg

24 mpg

19 mpg

5.0L V8 470 hp supercharged

15 mpg

23 mpg

18 mpg

5.0L V8 550 hp supercharged

15 mpg

23 mpg

18 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The 2014 XJ is gracious on the road. Ride quality is excellent even if the large sedan wears bigger wheels and tires, thanks to the suspension enhancements done last year. The XJ is made with aluminum which keeps it light despite its size. Most of the Jag’s rivals couldn’t match its agile handling.

Instant power? Go with the V8 engines. The new XJR model has a stiffer suspension and delivers great power. It’s the XJ to buy if you want to push the XJ’s performance potential to its limits and see how it would deliver.

INSIDE THE 2014 XJ

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The 2014 XJ’s interior is highly-detailed and largely made up of first-class materials. The digital gauges with blue backlighting are attractive, so is the way the cabin was crafted.

Compared with the other vehicles in the segment, Jaguar offers more ways to customize the XJ. The XJ has a wider array of color and material choices for the body paint and interior trimmings.

The seats are supportive but not as comfortable as what the XJ’s rivals offer. The sloping roofline gives the XJ a stylish look from the outside. But it compromises the headroom in both the front and rear seats. The regular models do not have much legroom in the backseat. You could, however, opt for an L model if you want a roomier rear seat.

The 15.2-cubic-foot trunk is typical in the segment. The rear seatback cannot be folded down, unlike with the other luxury sedans, so there’s no way to add to the available cargo space. There are also few storage spaces in the cabin.

KEY FEATURES

There are two versions of the Jaguar XJ. One has a regular wheelbase and the other has a longer one. The former has four trim levels namely, XJ, XJ AWD, XJ Supercharged and XJR. Models with longer wheelbases also have four styles: XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged and XJR.

The XJ and XJL Portfolio models are standard with keyless entry and ignition, 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, adaptive suspension, power trunk lid, driver-selectable steering, automatic bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, soft-close doors, rearview camera, heated rear seats and steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory function, heated 8-way power front seats with lumbar support, USB connection, 8-inch touchscreen multimedia display, HD radio, navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice control technology, and 14-speaker Meridian audio system (with  USB connection, HD radio, satellite radio and CD player). The XJ AWD has the same standard features and adds all-wheel drive.

The supercharged models feature 20-inch wheels with performance tires, 20-speaker Meridian audio system, and adaptive headlights.

The new top-of-the-line XJR model is equipped with quad-tip exhaust, trim-level-specific suspension, Piano Black interior trim, 18-way adjustable front seats, rear spoiler, and front splitter.

Some of the available features for the 2014 XJ are a 26-speaker Meridian audio system, adaptive cruise control (includes brake assist and forward collision warning), and heated windshield.

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