Jaguar XJs have always been elegant, dashing drivers' cars, but until recently, they've lacked all-wheel-drive and a thrifty small-displacement engine. Now they have highly effective all-wheel-drive individually tailored to Jaguar's driving preferences and a V6 with EPA Highway fuel mileage ratings up to 25 mpg. The XJ's automotive and broader social appeal has never been greater, and its sales stand poised to grow vigorously.
Ted West filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from Quebec.
all mandated airbags, reverse camera with parking guidance, tire-pressure monitor, blind-spot monitor, remote central locking, valet function, drive-away door locking, rear child restraints, perimeter-sensing vehicle immobilizer, anti-lock brakes, DSC stability control, traction control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, cornering brake control, engine drag torque control
Safety equipment (optional):
adaptive headlamps, active cruise control with collision warning and braking, active differential control; all-wheel drive
4 years/50,000 miles
Castle Bromwich, England
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD ($83,700)
dual-zone climate control with air filtration and humidity control, soft grain leather seats and interior, heated leather steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, 12/12-way power adjustable front seats, three-way memory driver's seat, burl walnut veneer, Morzine headliner, keyless entry and start, 12.3-inch display, premium analog clock, full-color 8-inch touchscreen console, GPS navigation, traffic-message channel, 380-watt 14-speaker premium audio, 300GB hard drive with music storage, media hub for iPod/MP3/USB/Bluetooth, satellite radio, automatic window demisting, blue mood lighting, electronic parking brake, front and rear parking aid with touchscreen visual aid, reverse camera with parking guidance, remote central locking, valet function, drive-away door locking, 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps, sunroof with sun blinds, power trunk, rain-sensing wipers
Options as tested (MSRP):
heated front windshield ($375); 19-inch Toba polished wheels ($1,500)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.0-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
340 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
332 @ 3500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.2 cu. ft.
independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent multi-link, air prings, anti-roll bar
245/45R19 front, 275/40R19 rear
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 16, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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