2019 Jaguar XJ

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$75,700 - 122,700 MSRP

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative lineup of supercharged engines
  • Agile, poised handling
  • Dated, mediocre infotainment system
  • Interior refinement trails the competition
  • Passenger areas and trunk aren't as spacious as some
  • Ride quality isn't exceptionally smooth

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Jaguar XJ has a score of 6.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 41 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 6.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 2.0 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.

Is the Jaguar XJ a Good Car?

By super luxury car standards, the 2019 Jaguar XJ is merely OK. While its cabin appears stately and refined at first glance, a closer look reveals how the XJ lags behind most of its competitors in terms of both cutting-edge technology and quality cabin materials. That's a problem at this price point. On the plus side, the XJ's robust supercharged engine and athletic handling – especially for the short-wheelbase sedan – make it fun to drive. Long-wheelbase models are a bit less agile but smoother on the road.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XJ?

Large luxury vehicles aren't typically associated with thrilling driving dynamics. The Jaguar XJ is an exception. It functions a bit like a more affordable variant of the performance-oriented Porsche Panamera. Shoppers will also do well to check out the Lexus LS, which costs about the same as an XJ and has a sterling record of predicted reliability.

If you prefer to stay within the Jaguar brand, consider one of the automaker’s other vehicles as well.  Models include midsize cars such as the Jaguar XF, electric vehicles such as the I-Pace, sports cars like the F-Type, and SUVs including the subcompact E-Pace and compact F-Pace.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XJ?

The 2019 XJ belongs to a generation that was launched for the 2011 model year. Jaguar updated the XJ’s styling and gave it a new infotainment system for 2016. For 2018, a larger touch-screen, a driver condition monitor, and lane keep assist became standard. Since there are no major changes for 2019, you can likely buy a used XJ that costs less but is nearly identical to a new XJ.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 XJ, 2017 XJ, and 2018 XJ reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Reviews Analyzed

Our Jaguar XJ review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 39 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2019 Jaguar XJ review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Jaguar XJ Cost?

The XJ is one of the least expensive models in its class. Prices start at $76,000 for the standard-wheelbase XJ model and $85,500 for the long-wheelbase version. For more information on vehicle pricing and features, see our Which Jaguar XJ Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Jaguar XJ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar XJ or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Although the Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class belong to the super luxury car class, these two competitors are worlds apart. The S-Class pampers travelers with some of the most comfortable seats around, thanks to an abundance of power adjustments and ample space. The Mercedes also has a smoother ride, yet it also has an array of robust engines to please driving enthusiasts. Though its price is far afield from the XJ, many professional reviewers say the extra money is worth it. 

Which Is Better: Jaguar XJ or BMW 7 Series?

Compared with the XJ, the only obvious flaw of the BMW 7 Series is its relatively short list of advanced safety features. However, the 7 Series is the better car in almost every other way. Its handling is both nimble and comfortable, and its varied engine lineup includes a brisk base engine, a plug-in hybrid, and a monstrous V12. To top it off, the 7 Series has superb rear seats and lots of high-tech features.

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XJ Interior

How Many People Does the XJ Seat?

The four-door XJ has seating for five in its exceptionally quiet cabin. The leather seats are comfortable, and both front and rear seats come standard with heating and ventilating functionality. Average-sized adults will find the accommodations to be comfortable, but the narrow front seats and limited headroom all-around may feel confining for larger travelers. Additionally, the low rear-seat quarters take extra effort to climb out of. Legroom in the back is a little below average with the standard wheelbase and grows by almost 5 inches with the extended wheelbase.

XJ and Car Seats

For child safety seats, the XJ has three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors.

XJ Interior Quality

The interior of the XJ is moderately charming, boasting quality leathers, real wood trim, and an elegant design. A few cracks in its presentation appear under closer inspection, however.  Examples of the XJ's shortcomings include a smattering of hardware and materials that are out of place in a super luxury car.

XJ Cargo Space

Both XJ body styles have a 15.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is smaller than the trunks of most classmates. Roomier sedans such as the BMW 7 Series and Porsche Panamera provide space for an extra suitcase or two. A power trunk lid is standard.

XJ Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Even with Jaguar's enhancements for 2019, the XJ's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system isn’t as state of the art as what you’ll find in competitors. Professional reviewers grumble that the system is complicated, has an outdated appearance, and doesn't come with advanced smartphone integration such as Apple CarPlay. That said, there is some good news. InControl Touch Pro earns some compliments for its graphics. It also comes nicely equipped with features such as a 10-inch touch screen, a 20-speaker surround-sound system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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XJ Performance

XJ Engine: Authoritative

The XJ's standard six-cylinder engine is robust enough to move this large car quickly, but it's the optional V8 engines that leave most automotive reviewers drooling. Horsepower ratings range from 340 with the base engine to 575 with the range-topping trim’s V8. Each trim delivers gratifying acceleration from a potent supercharged engine, which comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

XJ Gas Mileage: Not Very Efficient

The XJ's base engine gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, making it one of the thirstiest cars in its class. The V8-powered models get 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

XJ Ride and Handling: Composed and Athletic

The XJ handles like a smaller car. Its stable demeanor takes on corners with minimal body roll and a shade of sportiness. The standard suspension system isn't as silky smooth as some in this class, while the upgraded air suspension that comes in the long-wheelbase editions provides a more comfortable ride. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with select models.

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XJ Reliability

Is the Jaguar XJ Reliable?

The 2019 XJ does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar XJ Warranty

Jaguar covers the XJ with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty. That's a longer warranty than you'll get with a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series.

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XJ Safety

XJ Crash Test Results

The Jaguar XJ has not undergone crash test evaluation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is typical for high-end luxury cars.

XJ Safety Features

Standard safety features in the XJ include emergency brake assist, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition, cruise control with an automatic speed limiter, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, active blind spot assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Available safety upgrades include forward collision alert with intelligent emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, a surround-view parking camera system, 360-degree parking sensors, and active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking.

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XJ Dimensions and Weight

The XJ measures between 16.8 and 17.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,891 to 4,156 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Jaguar XJ Built?

Jaguar builds the XJ in the United Kingdom.

Which Jaguar XJ Model Is Right for Me?

The Jaguar XJ series has two different body styles. The standard-wheelbase XJ is available in two trims: R-Sport and Supercharged. The long-wheelbase model comes in four trims: Portfolio, XJ50, Supercharged, and XJR575. This body style extends an additional 4.9 inches, almost all of which is dedicated to rear-seat legroom.

A V8 engine is available in all but the base R-Sport and Portfolio trims, but the supercharged six-cylinder engine that comes standard has plenty of punch to move this large car quickly. Plus, these well-equipped editions come with front and rear heated seats, a surround-sound audio system, and a panoramic sunroof.

The XJ’s comprehensive suite of standard safety features includes systems that prevent you from speeding, make sure you are paying attention, and automatically brake if it detects a forward collision. Because all these treats and more come standard, we recommend the R-Sport and Portfolio trims because they give you the most for your money.

Jaguar XJ R-Sport and Jaguar XJL Portfolio

The short-wheelbase XJ R-Sport ($76,000) and long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio ($85,500) are nearly identical, save for the different body styles. The standard powertrain includes a supercharged 340-horsepower V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on both models for $2,900, but there are no optional engines for these trims.

Highlights of the R-Sport and Portfolio trims include a 10-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a 20-speaker Meridian surround-sound audio system, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, heated and ventilated seats (both front and back), a full suite of advanced safety features, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

A handful of differences are worth mentioning. The R-Sport has soft-grain leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control. On the other hand, the XJL Portfolio boasts quilted leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with five massage programs, rear side-window sunshades, and a power rear-window sunshade.

Jaguar XJ50

Similar to the base trim levels, the XJ50 ($88,200) comes with a 340-horsepower V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. You can upgrade to all-wheel drive for $2,900 or pair a 470-horsepower V8 engine with rear-wheel drive for an added $8,900. The XJ50 comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminum paddle shifters, metallic foot pedals, illuminated air vents, and a 360-degree parking camera.

Jaguar XJ Supercharged and Jaguar XJL Supercharged

Available only with rear-wheel drive, the Supercharged trim starts at $93,900 with the standard wheelbase and $97,200 with the long wheelbase. A 470-horsepower V8 is the only engine available with this model. In addition to the list of standard features in the Portfolio, the Supercharged trim also comes equipped with a retuned suspension system and active differential control.

Jaguar XJL XJR575

The XJL XJR575 ($123,300) boasts a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. This performance-oriented model features sport seats, a sport-tuned exhaust system with quad pipes, 360-degree parking sensors, and active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking.

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The Final Call

The Jaguar XJ is a super luxury car that radiates old-world elegance, feels lighter on its feet than the typical large sedan, and costs less than $80,000. However, the XJ can’t measure up its rivals, which have extravagant interiors with more cutting-edge technology. Take a look at similarly priced competitors like the Lexus LS before you buy, or check out the BMW 7 Series, which is well worth the extra $8,000.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Most large luxury sedans prioritize comfort and smoothness over nimble handling. The 2019 Jaguar XJ is different. It's still luxurious, with a well-appointed interior and many of the high-end features that are expected from this category. But its all-aluminum construction, adaptive suspension and powerful engine options ensure occupants know that Jaguar's priorities also include engaging performance. … The XJ, however, comes with some minor downsides. While Jaguar has steadily improved the usability and capability of the infotainment system, it's still behind what the competition is putting out. … Even so, we think the XJ stands as a stylish and desirable pick." -- Edmunds
  • The 2018 Jaguar XJ is a large and luxurious sedan in the twilight years of this current generation. As such, it cannot offer some of the semi-autonomous technologies that newer rivals come with almost as a matter of course. Instead, the XJ provides a singular driving experience, one that combines all the comfort worthy of a flagship sedan with a sinewy control. Put one of Jaguar's mighty supercharged V8 engines into the mix and the thrill of the thrust becomes intoxicating. Ease off the throttle though, and there's still much to enjoy, from the quality of the leather to the burled walnut trim to the excellent Meridian sound system." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • As gorgeous and sleek as this car looks, the relentless march of technology has left it lagging. … Even so, the XJ is wonderful to drive, particularly the V8-powered models." -- Autotrader (2017)
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