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Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 (2011)
The flagship model in Jaguar’s range, the new XJ, is a luxury car that impresses at so many levels. It starts with the sleek, striking lines of the all-aluminium body.
There are three grades and four engines to choose from.
All bar the Portfolio model reviewed here offer the option of a long wheelbase model with an extra 134mm of rear leg room. Not that rear passengers are cheated for space in the standard wheelbase, though the centre rear position has an intrusive driveline hump in the floor and tighter head room than the outer positions. Front seats offer plenty of adjustability and are firm enough to offer support and comfort that endures for the long haul.
The naturally-aspirated V8 endears with its robust performance that makes highway passing a breeze and the sequential-shift six-speed auto is its ideal partner.
The XJ’s suspension with adaptive dynamics makes for luxury comfort soaking up the bumps yet still provides a level of feline agility and poise that truly surprises in a large luxury model. The sporty flavour continues with brakes that are strong and unrelenting in their retardation.
There’s no shortage of features inside to surprise and delight, while cabin ambience is complemented by refinement and serenity befitting a premium model. And that’s all the better for enjoying the stunningly good 1200 w Bowers and Wilkins audio system.
Performance, refinement, features
Price, uses more fuel than diesel
Four-zone climate control, DVD, TV, dual view functionality, navigation, heated and cooled seats, leather trim, 20” alloys, rear camera and parking aids, JaguarDrive control, smart key system, virtual instruments, metallic paint, sunroof
Front/side/curtain airbags, dual mode electronic stability and traction control (ESC, TC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EB), adaptive dynamics, tyre pressure monitoring, front seat whiplash protection
||XJ 5.0 V8
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||5.0-litre petrol V8 (naturally aspirated)
||283 kW @ 6500 rpm
||515 Nm @ 3500 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||6.4 sec (average, as tested, two occupants)
|Braking from 80 km/h
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.