Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 18, 2008


The Jaguar XJ holds its own with the best luxury cars in the world. It's beautiful and stately. It swaths its occupants in traditional British club-room luxury, with contrasting seat piping, lots of polished wood and deep-pile wool rugs, and it spares us the excessive gadgetry. Its rigid aluminum chassis and sophisticated suspension offer a smooth ride and good grip. The long-wheelbase versions offer more rear seat space without significant trade-offs in response or ease of handling. The XJ is attractively priced when compared to Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes.

Contributing to this report were correspondents Kirk Bell in Chicago; Larry Edsall in Phoenix; Greg Brown in Las Vegas; Mitch McCullough in Los Angeles; and John Rettie in Santa Barbara, California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Jaguar XJ8 ($63,835); XJ8 L ($67,335); Vanden Plas ($76,085); XJR ($83,585); Super V8 ($94,085)
Engines:300-hp 4.2-liter V8; 400-hp supercharged 4.2-liter V8
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual front airbags, front occupant side-impact airbags, full-cabin head-protection airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS) with emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitor, rear park assist
Safety equipment (optional):front park assist
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Coventry, England
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jaguar XJ Super V8 ($94,085)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, heated and cooled front R Performance sport seats; heated rear seats; automatic xenon headlights with power washers; four zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; power tilt/telescoping wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; 16-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors, steering wheel and pedals; heated power-folding exterior mirrors with auto-dimming; power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; sunroof; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; rain-sensing variable-intermittent wipers; theft-deterrent system; front and rear fog lights; self-leveling suspension; twin-stitched leather dashboard; walnut trim with Peruvian boxwood inlays; rear-seat picnic trays; lamb's wool rugs; 320-watt Alpine AM/FM stereo with 12 speakers and six-CD changer; front and rear park assist; navigation system; power rear sunshade; adaptive cruise control; Brembo brakes; adjustable rear-seats; rear adjustments for front passenger's seat; manual side sunshades; rear DVD entertainment system with two 6.5-inch screens; P255/35ZR20 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):Sirius satellite radio receiver ($450)
Destination charge:$665
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$95200
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:4.2-liter dual overhead cam 32-valve supercharged V8 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):400 @ 6100
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):413 @ 3500
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/22 mpg
Wheelbase:124.4 in.
Length/width/height:205.3/83.0/57.3 in.
Track, f/r:61.3/60.9 in.
Turning circle:39.5 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.4/NA/43.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.6/NA/39.3 in.
Cargo volume:16.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbone with air springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone with air springs and stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:5.1 in.
Curb weigth:4001 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with four-channel ABS, brake assist
Fuel capacity:22.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 18, 2008.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-4-JAGUAR -