Jaguar XJ Review
The 2014 Jaguar XJ ranks 8 out of 9 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar XJ, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 Jaguar XJ’s athletic handling and powerful engine choices impress auto writers, but they say the XJ falls short with a tight back seat and frustrating tech features.
The XJ comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and test drivers say that the base XJ will please most shoppers with its quick acceleration and ample power. Reviewers also approve of the Jaguar XJ’s eight-speed automatic, which they note is smooth and refined in normal driving situations, and quick to react when more power is needed. More-powerful supercharged V8 engines are available in Supercharged and XJR models. The 2014 XJ gets up to 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder super luxury car. Critics love the XJ’s agile handling and accurate steering, noting that it drives like a much smaller car. While a handful of reviewers write that the 2014 XJ rides more firmly than some of its competitors, they also say that it’s still comfortable and composed over imperfect roads.
Reviewers think that the 2014 Jaguar XJ has an attractive cabin design and top-notch materials that include leather, wood and aluminum trim. However, some reviewers report that the XJ’s interior lacks the exceptional build quality found in competitors like the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Jaguar XJ’s front seats are generally considered comfortable and supportive, though some auto writers note that the back seat is less spacious than those in other cars in the class. Critics note that audio, climate and navigation functions can be difficult to access through the XJ’s touch-screen display, which can be slow to respond to user inputs. The XJ comes standard with soft-closing doors, heated front and rear seats, a power trunk lid, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system, navigation, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite and HD Radio and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Options and features available on higher trims include adaptive cruise control, four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front and rear seats, reclining rear seats with massage, a rear-seat entertainment system and an upgraded stereo system.
- "The XJ offers uniquely eye-catching style, a high-fashion interior and a driving experience that's more sport sedan than limousine. It's as alive and dynamic as its competitors are cold and calculating." -- Edmunds
- "The 2013 Jaguar XJ still boasts tasteful, minimalistic luxury, but its once-standout drivability has lost a step, and reliability issues should concern anyone looking to buy rather than lease one." -- Cars.com (2013)
- "We're certain there will still be plenty of takers for the higher-level XJs such as the 510-hp Supersport with its optional Speed Pack, or the hyper-exclusive Ultimate and its over-the-top interior. But the six makes an unquestionably strong case for itself as the entry-level car, and as the only engine option available with all-wheel drive, it's likely to get more than its share of takers, in Britain and over here with us Yanks." -- Motor Trend (2013)
- "Jaguar automobiles have been cultural icons for nearly a century, and while the brand once suggested old-fashioned eccentricity, the 2013 Jaguar XJ boasts contemporary design, impeccable craftsmanship, modern amenities and sparkling performance." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A8 comes standard with all-wheel drive and it gets comparable fuel economy to the base XJ. Critics agree that the A8 also has one of the nicest interiors in the class, and they love the A8’s athletic handling.
The Porsche Panamera has a bit more cargo space than the XJ and reviewers say that its four-seat cabin is extremely spacious and comfortable. The Panamera also wins points for its sharp handling and responsive base engine, which critics say make it one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.
Details: 2014 Jaguar XJ
The 2014 Jaguar XJ seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The XJ comes in regular and XJL (long wheelbase) body styles, and is available in base, Portfolio (XJL only), Supercharged and XJR trims. The Jaguar XJ was last redesigned for the 2011 model year and sees a few minor updates for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.