2013 Jaguar XJ Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Jaguar XJ was new.
Reviewers say that the 2013 Jaguar XJ has an extravagant, highly-detailed interior with quality wood, metal and leather trim. Additionally, one test driver notes that unique features like digital gauges and a distinctive dash panel help differentiate the 2013 XJ from its German competitors.
- "Climbing into a V-6, rear-wheel-drive XJ, we're immediately struck by the strong smell of its opulent leather and the warmth of its wood trim, which together offset the modernity of the digital gauges and center touch screen." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Stepping into the XJ and sampling the interior accommodations makes you realize just how severe and clinical other luxury sedans can feel. The XJ cockpit features magnificent natural surfaces, exquisite ambient lighting and some of the best man-made materials found in any vehicle at any price." -- Edmunds
- "The XJ's interior, with its unique digital instrument panel, distinctive circular air vents, supportive and comfortable seats, and leather- and wood-swathed cabin with its enveloping wraparound dash panel is a welcome respite from the cold, industrial feel of its German rivals." -- Motor Trend
- "Thanks in part to the minimal number of center-stack controls, the Jaguar XJ's cabin features a clean, elegant design that separates itself from its rivals with superior materials and remarkable fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
The XJ comes standard with leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include semi-aniline leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, 20-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, reclining rear seats with massage and rear-seat footrests.
The XJ’s front seats are generally considered comfortable, but a couple reviewers say that head- and legroom in the back seat is a little tight. Additionally, one critic writes that deep-set lower LATCH anchors make it difficult to secure car seats in the XJ’s second row.
- "Relatively tight legroom and the XJ's sloping roof line mean that rear-seat passengers aren't treated to the expansive accommodations found in other flagship sedans; if a roomy backseat is important to you, consider the longer XJL." -- Edmunds
- "The seats are comfortable and supportive. A power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a multitude of seat controls help drivers find an agreeable position." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- “The 2012 XJL has two sets of lower Latch anchors. Using them wasn't as smooth as everything else about this car. They're buried in the most inflexible part of the leather seat cushions and require some profanity to employ.” -- Mother Proof (2012)
- "There's also a slight headroom issue in the rear seats. Six-footers will find their hair gently stirring as if they are walking through attic cobwebs. Anyone over that height will be forced to slump slightly and suffer for that sexy roofline." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)
The 2013 Jaguar XJ comes standard with a power trunk lid, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass roof, keyless entry with push-button start, navigation and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, CD/DVD player, satellite and HD Radio and an 8-inch color touch-screen display. Options and features available on higher trims include a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, four-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded stereo.
The 2013 XJ’s audio, climate and navigation functions are controlled through a touch-screen display. Jaguar upgraded its infotainment system for 2013, but one reviewer says some shoppers may prefer a knob-based system, which can be found in cars like the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series. However, another reviewer praises the XJ for its exceptional Meridian sound systems.
- "The XJ features a touchscreen interface to command most of the sound, navigation and phone controls. The speed with which the system executes its commands has been improved, and other 2013 enhancements are aimed at upgrading the system's overall operation. It does work better than before, but some people will prefer the systems favored by some competitors that are manipulated via one large control dial." -- Edmunds
- "The 380-watt, 14-speaker Meridian system that comes standard in the lower-range XJs is awfully good, but the premium system in the Supercharged, Supersport and Ultimate models is awesome: 7.1 surround-sound architecture with 825 watts and 20 speakers including two subwoofers." -- Kelley Blue Book
At 15.2 cubic feet, the 2013 Jaguar XJ’s trunk has a typical amount of space for the class. However, one test driver points out that there isn’t much small-item storage space inside the XJ’s cabin. If you need some additional cargo space, consider the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which have 15.7 and 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space, respectively.
- "The XJ's trunk size, at 15.2 cubic feet, is about average for the segment." -- Edmunds
- "The XJ has one of the larger trunks in its class, however the rear seat backs do not fold to increase capacity. Interior storage is meager and consists of a tiny glovebox and center console and small door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2012)