Jaguar XJ Interior
Reviewers say that the 2014 Jaguar XJ has an extravagant, highly-detailed interior with quality wood, metal and leather trim. Still, some test drivers report that the XJ’s cabin lacks the vault-like construction that’s found in competitors like the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
- "Jaguar's distinctive rotary shift knob feels chintzy, but it sure looks slick as it rises out of the center console upon ignition. We'll award further style points for the array of available leathers and woods that can be mixed and matched to suit your creativity." -- AutoTrader
- "Although the XJ's cabin is a feast for the eyes and fingertips, the quality of construction isn't quite as bulletproof as its primary, German-brand competitors: the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)
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 upgraded leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, heated and ventilated front and rear seats and reclining rear seats with massage. 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. As a result, some critics recommend opting for a long-wheelbase XJL model if you want a roomy back seat.
- "Front-seat comfort is fine in the XJ, though the chairs lack the range of adjustability and support BMW or Mercedes offers. In back, passengers will have to cope with a bottom cushion that is unusually low by class standards, but legroom is plentiful even in the short wheelbase XJ, extending to limolike generosity in the XJL." -- AutoTrader
- "In the base models, there's also not as much legroom back there as you'd expect. If you need a roomy backseat, consider the long-wheelbase L models, but bear in mind that no XJ will feel as limo-like as its competitors do." -- Edmunds
- "Seats are comfortable and supportive, and numerous adjustments combine with good overall room to allow most any driver to find an agreeable position." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The seats offer good comfort, though one editor thought they bordered on being too narrow. Backseat legroom was snug in our regular-wheelbase test car." -- Cars.com (2013)
The 2014 Jaguar XJ comes standard with a power trunk lid, soft-closing doors, 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, proximity key, push-button start, navigation, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a 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 upgraded stereo systems.
Many of the 2014 XJ’s audio, climate and navigation functions are controlled through a touch-screen display, which reviewers generally say is slow to respond to user inputs and difficult to use. Additionally, some test drivers note that the XJ’s virtual gauge cluster can be tricky to see in bright light, and that instruments such as the tachometer have a delayed response under hard acceleration. Still, the XJ earns praise for its available Meridian sound systems, as critics note that the base and optional stereos both offer exceptional sound quality.
- "The virtual gauges change color depending on drive mode, but the tachometer needle lags behind during rapid acceleration. The XJ's aging touchscreen interface is also a risk in this segment, as practically every competitor has a newer, more capable infotainment system." -- AutoTrader
- "The XJ's touchscreen interface commands most of the sound, navigation and phone controls. While its speed and operation has improved over the years, competitors' systems (which are typically manipulated via one large control dial and adjacent menu buttons) are easier and quicker to use and give the driver control over a wider array of vehicle functions." -- Edmunds
- "Jaguar augmented the standard navigation system for 2013 with more functions, and it now requires fewer actions for basic commands, but the touch-screen still lags too long between menus. Behind the steering wheel, the simulated gauges looked OK when the current XJ first arrived, but seem too low-res now." -- Cars.com (2013)
- "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 (2013)
At 15.2 cubic feet, the 2014 Jaguar XJ’s trunk has a typical amount of space for the class. However, test drivers point out that there isn’t much small-item storage space inside the XJ’s cabin, and that the trunk’s odd shape makes it difficult to use all of the available space. If you need some additional cargo space, consider super luxury cars like the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.
- "… the XJ's 15.2-cubic-foot trunk is average in size for the segment, but has a few awkward protrusions that limit your loading options." -- Edmunds
- "The trunk on AWD models loses some space to a large spare tire, but it's still adequate for normal uses. Trouble is, the rear seat backs don't fold, so there's no way to load long objects. Interior storage is disappointingly sparse." -- Consumer Guide (2013)