2019 Jaguar XJ


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2019 Jaguar XJ Review

The 2019 Jaguar XJ offers potent engine choices and pleasing handling, but it trails the competition in interior luxury, passenger space, and infotainment usability.

Pros & Cons

  • Lineup of powerful engines
  • Composed handling
  • Long list of standard features
  • Mixed interior quality
  • Infotainment system can be cumbersome
  • Limited headroom

New for 2019

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available
  • Automatic emergency braking became standard
  • XJ50 trim introduced
  • Final model year of production

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Jaguar XJ has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 41 pieces of research and data.

7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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.
TBD

Is the 2019 Jaguar XJ a Good Used Car?

No, the Jaguar XJ isn’t a very good used super luxury car. While it's fairly engaging to drive, its shortcomings are especially notable compared to much stronger competitors. This Jaguar simply doesn't have the interior elegance or space you would expect from a flagship sedan. It comes chock-full of features, but the infotainment system feels outdated and sluggish. Overall, there's little reason to pick the XJ over any number of other luxury cars.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 41 Jaguar XJ reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 XJ is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 Jaguar XJ?

Based on listings for the 2019 Jaguar XJ, the average list price is $50,824. Prices range from $50,824 to $78,415 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Jaguar XJ Cost to Own?

The 2019 XJ’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $39,100, or $7,820 per year. That’s the lowest amount in the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ: What's the Difference?

There are a few notable differences between the 2019 and 2018 Jaguar XJ. For 2019, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay were introduced as available features, the infotainment system received updated graphics, and voice control was added to the navigation system. Also for 2019, automatic emergency braking became standard, and the XJ50 special edition model debuted.

Notably, 2019 was the final model year of production for the XJ, but Jaguar plans on reintroducing it as an all-electric vehicle in the future.

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Here are key changes for the Jaguar XJ over the past few years:

  • 2016: refreshed exterior design; new infotainment system; traffic sign recognition and automatic parking assist became available
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: XJR575 model debuted; 10-inch touch screen, driver attention monitoring, and lane keep assist added to standard features list
  • 2019: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay made available; automatic emergency braking became standard; special edition XJ50 model introduced

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 XJ, 2017 XJ, and 2018 XJ full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about great deals and savings you can find on new vehicles at a local dealer.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Jaguar XJ?

The 2019 Jaguar XJ does not have a predicted reliability rating.

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2019 Jaguar XJ Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS Recall Date: 01/16/2019
  • Summary: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2019 Jaguar F-Pace, F-Type, and XJ vehicles equipped with V6 or V8 gasoline engines. The crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may have been improperly manufactured, possibly causing the crankshaft pulley bolt to fracture, potentially resulting in engine failure.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 443
  • Consequence: Engine failure may increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Jaguar has notified owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft pulley center retaining bolt, free of charge. The recall began February 11, 2019. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is H181.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 18, 2018 to DEC 11, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: H181
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V039000

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Which Used Jaguar XJ Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Jaguar XJ comes in six main trims that are spread across two body styles: regular and long-wheelbase. There are three engine options, and both rear- and all-wheel drive are available. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Most shoppers should be satisfied with the base model. The entry level XJ comes with a long list of standard infotainment and active safety technology, as well as comforts such as leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats. Other trims add even more luxurious amenities. Your only other major decision will be if you want an extended-wheelbase model or a more powerful engine.

  • Jaguar XJ R-Sport: The 2019 Jaguar XJ R-Sport comes standard with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine and rear- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated and heated front and rear seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with satellite radio, HD Radio, an 18-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, navigation, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Standard driver assistance features in the XJ R-Sport include full LED adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, automatic speed limiting, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The XJ R-Sport also comes standard with alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry, soft-closing doors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory settings, and a power trunk.
  • Jaguar XJ Supercharged: The Jaguar XJ Supercharged features a 470-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. This trim adds quad-zone automatic climate control, an active differential, a retuned suspension, 14-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, passenger seat memory settings, and a power rear-window sunshade.
  • Jaguar XJL Portfolio: The Jaguar XJ XJL Portfolio is a long-wheelbase model that comes with the base engine, heated and ventilated rear seats, power rear-side window sunshades, and quilted leather upholstery.
  • Jaguar XJL Supercharged: The long-wheelbase Jaguar XJL Supercharged combines the features of the Portfolio trim with the supercharged V8 engine, an active differential, and a retuned suspension.
  • Jaguar XJ50: The Jaguar XJ50 adds unique interior and exterior design elements and a surround-view parking camera system.
  • Jaguar XJR575: The Jaguar XJR575 has a supercharged V8 engine tuned to 575 horsepower and comes with a sport exhaust, carbon fiber accents, front sport seats, automatic parking assist, and red brake calipers.

See 2019 Jaguar XJ trims and specs »

What Does Jaguar's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jaguar extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Jaguar must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

Jaguar has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus is one of the very few that offers a better program.

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How Safe Is the XJ?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Jaguar XJ. That's common for luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic speed limiting
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Automatic parking assist

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2019 Jaguar XJ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Jaguar XJ or 2019 Audi A8?

The fully redesigned 2019 Audi A8 is a better luxury sedan than the XJ. Seating is more comfortable in the Audi thanks to its longer wheelbase that provides expansive rear legroom, though its trunk has several less cubic feet of space than the XJ’s. Also, the A8 has a much nicer cabin and a more high-tech and straightforward infotainment system. The Jaguar does come out ahead in performance, though. It has livelier handling and more powerful engine options, including supercharged V8s that top out at 575 horsepower. The A8, by contrast, is only available with a somewhat tame turbocharged V6.

Which Is Better: 2019 Jaguar XJ or 2019 Jaguar XF?

The 2019 Jaguar XF is not available with the outrageous engine options or the over-the-top seating upgrades that the XJ offers, but it’s a better overall car. The XF doesn’t quite match up to the XJ in terms of passenger space, but it has more cargo room, especially in its Sportbrake hatchback variant. The XF is very fun to drive, and the engine lineup features options such as a fuel-efficient turbodiesel and a supercharged V6 that's more powerful than the XJ's standard fare. To top it off, a used XF will likely be tens of thousands of dollars less expensive than a used XJ.

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2019 XJ Performance

How Does the 2019 Jaguar XJ Drive?

The 2019 Jaguar XJ's engine lineup consists of three great supercharged options. The standard V6 is plenty potent, and it gets this big sedan moving very quickly. For more authoritative acceleration, look to one of the two supercharged V8s. Horsepower differs by about 100, depending on the model. When equipped with the most powerful V8, the XJ can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 miles per hour.

All engines are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Notably, the standard V6 is the only model available with all-wheel drive. Models with a V8 are rear-wheel-drive only.

Despite its relative bulk, the XJ handles like a smaller, sportier car. It can take corners with little noticeable body roll. An adaptive air suspension comes standard, but the overall ride quality isn't as plush as some class rivals.

  • Base engine: 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 470-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8
    • 575-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Jaguar XJ Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 XJ's standard fuel economy is slightly worse than the best numbers achieved by some other super luxury cars. However, this is not a class known for great gas mileage.

  • V6, RWD: 18/27 mpg city/highway
  • V6, AWD: 17/26 mpg
  • V8, RWD: 15/23 mpg

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2019 XJ Interior              

How Many People Does the 2019 XJ Seat?

The 2019 XJ seats five people in two rows. The front seats are plush and comfortable, but they are a little narrow. Taller people may wish for more headroom whether they're seated in the front or back row.

Rear legroom isn't particularly impressive in the standard short-wheelbase body type. Additionally, the back seat is set a little low, so it can be hard to get in or out of the XJ. Long-wheelbase models add almost 5 extra inches of second-row space, as well as a host of other pampering upgrades.

This Jaguar's interior mostly makes the grade for this class, thanks to supple leathers, real wood trim, and a pleasing general design. However, it's not as opulent as most rivals. You might notice some lower-quality materials that seem out of place in a range-topping car.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
  • Driver's seat memory function
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Soft-closing doors

Available seating features:

  • Quilted leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Front sport seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Rear-seat controls for front passenger seat
  • Front passenger and rear-seat memory settings
  • Wood and leather heated steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable and massaging rear seats
  • Rear-seat footrests and seatback tables
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Jaguar XJ?

The 2019 XJ has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2019 Jaguar XJ Features

Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system has sharp, modern graphics, but it’s more complicated to use than more refined systems in many competitors. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make their first appearance in the XJ for 2019, providing a much-needed infotainment alternative.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 18-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, navigation, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 24-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: a panoramic roof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control, a power rear-window sunshade, and power rear-side window sunshades

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2019 Jaguar XJ Dimensions

Jaguar XJ Cargo Space

The Jaguar XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for the class.

2019 Jaguar XJ Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 10 inches to 17 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,891 to 4,156 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,180 to 5,401 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Jaguar XJ Built?

Jaguar Land Rover built the 2019 XJ in England.

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