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Jaguar XJ Portfolio SWB 5.0 litre (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2011

The new XJ is the premier model in the current Jaguar range.
Those looking to savour the considerable pleasures of the 346kW supercharged V8 Portfolio version rather than its naturally-aspirated sibling (reviewed April/May 2011) will need an extra $36k. Still comparing numbers, it slices 1.2 seconds from its brother’s 400m sprint time, stopping our clocks at an impressive 13.3seconds.

The veritable torrent of performance on offer from the blown V8 feels immensely usable though, transferring to the road without fuss or brutal savagery.

With a cosseting ride, agile handling, powerful brakes, a standard equipment list to delight and pamper, and luxury cabin ambience, owners will feel like the cat that got the cream.
Jaguar XJ Portfolio SWB 5.0 litre 2011


Performance, sophistication



Key features

Four-zone climate control, leather heated steering wheel, Bowers and Wilkins 1200W sound system, DVD, TV, dual view functionality, navigation, heated and cooled seats, leather trim, 20” alloys, electric park brake, power boot lid, rear camera and parking aids, JaguarDrive control, active differential control, smart key system, power adjustable steering column with access system, virtual instruments, metallic paint, sunroof


Dual front, front side and curtain airbags, dual mode dynamic stability and traction control (DSC, TCS), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), adaptive dynamics, tyre pressure monitoring, front seat whiplash protection, rain sensing wipers, adaptive xenon headlamps with intelligent high-beam control, auto-dim mirror

Car Details

Vehicle make Jaguar
Vehicle model XJ Portfolio SWB 5.0-litre
Vehicle type Large Over $60,000
Year 2011
Price when new $311,000 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8

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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.