2012 Jaguar XJ Interior

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2012 Jaguar XJ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Jaguar XJ was new.


Interior: 7.6

The interior of the 2012 Jaguar XJ is extravagant, but some reviewers say that it might have too much going on. It’s a well-detailed interior with quality wood, metal and leather, but certain elements, such as the clock in the center of the dash, make the XJ’s center stack seem a little too busy. The front seats are comfortable and climate-controlled. But on the downside, some reviewers think that headroom is a little tight for those over 6-feet tall. In the back, the standard seats are also heated, but some test drivers say that the regular wheelbase model doesn’t have enough rear seat legroom. The XJL, however, offers plenty of room for back seat passengers to stretch out.

  • "Our biggest reservation with the XJ is its control interface. It attempts to blend simple touchscreen mechanics with an "all-in-one" design found in many premium vehicles, and it fails spectacularly." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Jaguar XJ's interior is exquisite. Not only is the design unique and appealing from an aesthetic standpoint, but the craftsmanship and materials are beyond reproach. Parallels to Bentley are not unwarranted." -- Edmunds
  • "The design isn't meant to communicate formality or businesslike status: It's about panache and extroversion and a bit of fun. Just look at that interior. The most stylish cabin in the world today? I wouldn't disagree." -- Motor Trend 
  • "The twin ceiling lights lend an airy quality to an interior which might otherwise appear cramped. The double-glazed side windows and insulation mean that wind noise is more muted than in any previous Jaguar model." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "This is where things get a bit weird. The XJ's interior is an odd meld of continental disco, high gloss, high finish, low finish, sharp English style, self-conscious sharp English style, twee technoglitz, cool retro touches, and the inside of Robbie Williams's jacket." -- Jalopnik 


The seats inside the Jaguar XJ are generally considered comfortable, but a couple reviewers say that headroom might be a little tight if you’re over 6-feet tall, a common complaint among super luxury cars. And although legroom is impressive in the back seat of the XJL, some say that the standard XJ’s rear row is a little tight.

The XJ comes standard with heated seats at all four corners. The front row features a 16-way power driver’s seat and a 12-way power passenger’s seat, which are both also ventilated. The XJL gets these features as standard equipment, but also adds front seat massage and back seat ventilation.

  • "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 
  • "As before, the regular-length XJ's backseat is on the small side. If you regularly have backseat passengers, consider an L model. The Jag's lower roof line provides enough headroom for most occupants, but competitors offer profiles that feel more like a limousine." -- Edmunds
  • "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 

Interior Features

Reviewer opinion on the XJ’s interior features is a mixed bag. Most like the cabin materials, which include high-quality wood, metal and leather. Still, some say that certain small pieces, such as chrome and black plastic trim, feel cheap in comparison with the otherwise sumptuous accommodations.

The XJ’s gauge cluster, which houses virtual gauges on a screen rather than traditional analog dials, is also up for debate. Some say the system works well, and like that the gauges can be changed to display different vehicle information. Other reviewers comment that these displays lack the attractiveness of the gauges in rival cars, and that they’re difficult to read in bright sunlight.

Many reviewers also take issue with the central touch screen, which controls all audio, ventilation and navigation settings. More than one reviewer says that it operates slowly and is more difficult to navigate than knob-based user interfaces such as BMW’s iDrive. The stereo system has been both praised and panned by test drivers for its sound quality.

  • "Most audio, climate, and navigation controls are manipulated through a central screen and are frankly a mess. Performing simple tasks often requires multiple steps, and the screen is often unresponsive to touch inputs. The navigation system itself has vague, confusing graphics. Much of its programming is unintuitive." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "A large touchscreen dominates the in-car electronics. It works OK, but doesn't operate as quickly as screen-and-knob systems like BMW's iDrive. Processing speed is also slow. The instrument panel is, in fact, a big LCD screen, and adapts to different driving scenarios and in-use vehicle functions (navigation, for instance)." -- Edmunds
  • "Resembling a California landslide, the dash seems to have sunk a few inches from the windshield, with a band of the requisite burled wood filling in the gap and reminding one of the prow of a handmade yacht. The dropped dash puts everything lower, making the cabin more intimate and deemphasizing the car’s size." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Not so successful is the digital three-dial fascia, which even Jaguar insiders admit is a bit ‘first generation,’ giving the impression of bogus instruments rather than a brave leap into modernity." -- Popular Mechanics 


At 15.2 cubic feet, the trunk of the 2012 Jaguar XJ is about average when compared with other super luxury cars. 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 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 
  • "Trunk volume is about average, with 15.2 cubic feet. A raised portion in its rearmost area may impede storage depending on what you're hoping to place in the trunk." -- Edmunds

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