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Jaguar XJ Interior

Test drivers note that the 2015 Jaguar XJ's cabin has exquisite styling, but some think it isn't as well-built as some German rivals'. According to automotive journalists, unique details like the rotary shift knob look great, but feel cheap, and the XJ has an outdated and slow touch-screen infotainment system. Reviewers write that the XJ's front seats aren't as supportive as its rivals', and its rear seats aren't very spacious. The XJ's shallow trunk and minimal cabin storage also disappoint critics.

  • "Taking little in the way of influence from the smaller XF, the XJ features a unique, wrap-around dash, complete with plenty of wood and leather accents. A large LCD screen is front and center while rounded air vents give the XJ's cabin an air of sportiness." -- Left Lane News
  • "Although the XJ's cabin is a feast for the eyes the quality of construction isn't quite as bulletproof as its primary German-brand competitors: the 2015 Audi A8 2015 BMW 7 Series and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior design is a strong suit for all XJ models. From the prominent, jetlike air vents to the 12.3-in thin-film-transistor instrument panel, the style of the low-set dashboard is a refreshing departure from the stoic designs of other luxury sedans. Jaguar's distinctive rotary shift knob feels chintzy, but it looks slick as it rises out of the center console upon ignition." -- AutoTrader
  • "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)

Seating

The 2015 Jaguar XJ seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. Available features include ventilated front and rear seats and massaging front seats. Long-wheelbase models are available with a package that includes power-reclining and massaging rear seats, power side sunshades, folding tray tables and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Test drivers report that the XJ's front seats are fairly comfortable, though some comment that they're not as supportive as the front seats in BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. A few auto writers say that rear-seat legroom is decent, but others note that the back seat is a bit tight. Reviewers add that the XJ's sleek roofline cuts into front and rear headroom.

  • "Front-seat comfort is fine in the XJ, though the chairs lack the adjustability and support that BMW and Mercedes offer. In the 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
  • "Although its vast exterior profile suggests otherwise the XJ's sloping roof line sacrifices both front- and rear-seat headroom for style. In the base models there's also not as much legroom back there as you'd expect." -- 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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Jaguar XJ include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, soft-closing doors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, navigation, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio and an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, quad-zone automatic climate control and a 20- or 26-speaker Meridian audio system.

Reviewers are disappointed with the XJ's cabin technology, saying the touch-screen infotainment system is slow and outdated, and the transmission knob that rises out of the center console when you start the car is cheap-feeling. The Jaguar XJ has an LCD screen in place of physical gauges, and critics say it is low-resolution and shows information like speed with a slight delay. Some also note that the XJ is missing some active safety features, such as lane keep assist, that are available in rivals. Auto writers report that any of the available Meridian audio systems have excellent sound quality.

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  • "Inside, however, the XJ technology team took risks that didn't quite pay off. The chrome shifter disc that rises from the console upon starting up draws oohs and aahs, but it feels chintzy. The virtual gauges change color depending on drive mode, but the tachometer needle lags behind during rapid acceleration. Moreover, the XJ's aging touchscreen interface is a liability in this segment, as practically every competitor has a newer, more capable infotainment system." -- AutoTrader
  • "Technology is another area where the XJ brings up the rear. Its touchscreen interface is less advanced and ultimately less functional than rival infotainment systems and there are several high-tech features (especially in the active safety realm) that are not offered at all." -- Edmunds
  • "There are three Meridian audio systems from which to choose - each better than the next, but all superb in their own right." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2015 Jaguar XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. A power trunk lid is standard. Reviewers complain that the XJ's trunk is oddly shaped and shallow, and the XJ lacks folding rear seats, which means that longer items won't fit. They also note that the XJ has limited cabin storage.

  • "… the XJ's 15.2-cubic-foot trunk is average in size for the segment and has a few awkward protrusions as well as a shallow profile that limits 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)
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