2013 Jaguar XJ

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2013 Jaguar XJ Review

Note: This review was created when the 2013 Jaguar XJ was new.

While other super luxury cars might be more spacious, test drivers say the 2013 Jaguar XJ offers loads of standard features, powerful engine choices and an attractive interior design.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Attractive, high-quality cabin
  • Cabin electronics trail the competition
  • Back seat could be more spacious

New for 2013

  • Base supercharged V6 engine
  • All-wheel drive becomes available
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Ultimate trim introduced
  • Revised infotainment and stereo systems

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Jaguar XJ has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Jaguar XJ Overview

The XJ comes with a supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, which are both new for 2013. Although the new V6 isn’t quite as powerful as the 2012 model’s V8, reviewers say that the XJ still accelerates quickly and offers ample power in most situations. The new eight-speed automatic also earns praise for its smooth, refined operation, though one test driver writes that it can be slow to downshift when more power is needed on the highway. More-powerful V8 and supercharged V8 engines are available on higher trims. The 2013 XJ gets up to 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Many reviewers agree that the XJ drives like a much smaller car, thanks to agile handling, accurate steering and strong brakes. 

Like most super luxury cars, the Jaguar XJ impresses automotive journalists with an attractive cabin design, as well as first-rate materials that include leather, wood and aluminum trim. A few auto writers also note that the 2013 XJ’s cabin feels more modern than some competitors, thanks to its electronic gauges and wraparound dash design. While one reviewer notes that the XJ offers comfortable front seats, a few critics write that the back seat isn’t as spacious as what you’ll find in some competing luxury sedans. The XJ’s touch-screen infotainment system also loses points with one test driver, who says that some shoppers may prefer the knob-based systems found in rival flagship sedans. The XJ comes standard with a power trunk lid, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, heated front and rear seats, a blind spot monitoring system, navigation and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, 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, ventilated front and rear seats and an upgraded stereo.

  • "Compared with what Mercedes-Benz charges for even the least expensive S-Class, the Jaguar XJ seems like a bargain, and while the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series are quite close in price to the XJ, they aren't nearly as opulent inside." -- Edmunds 
  • "We're certain there will still be plenty of takers for the higher-level XJs such as the 510-hp Supersport with its optional Speed Pack, or the hyper-exclusive Ultimate and its over-the-top interior. But the six makes an unquestionably strong case for itself as the entry-level car, and as the only engine option available with all-wheel drive, it's likely to get more than its share of takers, in Britain and over here with us Yanks." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Jaguar automobiles have been cultural icons for nearly a century, and while the brand once suggested old-fashioned eccentricity, the 2013 Jaguar XJ boasts contemporary design, impeccable craftsmanship, modern amenities and sparkling performance." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The new XJ marks a shift in styling from previous generations. It has a distinctive presence outside and splendid materials inside." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Other Cars to Consider

The Porsche Panamera costs a bit more than the XJ, but reviewers say that it’s one of the best-handling cars in the class. Additionally, critics write that the Panamera offers comfortable seating for four and a unique hatchback design.

The Audi A8 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and test drivers say that it offers balanced handling and a comfortable ride. The A8 also earns praise for its attractive interior design, which is built with top-notch materials.

Compare the XJ, Panamera and A8 »

Details: 2013 Jaguar XJ

The 2013 Jaguar XJ seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are new for 2013 and standard on the base model. More powerful V8 and supercharged V8 engines are available in higher trims. The 2013 XJ is available in a total of nine trims, as well as regular and extended-wheelbase (XJL) body styles. Each trim adds to the list of interior features, or includes performance upgrades. For 2013, a new Ultimate trim debuts and the Jaguar XJ gains optional all-wheel drive. The XJ’s infotainment and stereo systems also get updated for the 2013 model year. Aside from these additions, the Jaguar XJ is basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.

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