2015 Jaguar XJ

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2015 Jaguar XJ Review

The 2015 Jaguar XJ offers athletic handling and powerful engine options, but it ranks at the back of its class because of its outdated technology and mediocre interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Long standard features list
  • Muscular V6 and V8 engines
  • Agile handling
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Interior quality can’t match rivals

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Jaguar XJ has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Jaguar XJ Overview

Is the 2015 Jaguar XJ a Good Used Car?

The Jaguar XJ is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used super luxury car. The XJ boasts a lineup of potent V6 and V8 engines. It’s quite agile and fun to drive, and its interior has generous seating space. The XJ is also one of the least-expensive used cars to buy and maintain in this class.

That being said, the Jaguar XJ doesn’t dazzle like a car in this segment should. Its infotainment system is outdated and awkward to use. The XJ’s ride quality is stiffer than some drivers may prefer, and it lacks some prominent active safety features like automatic emergency braking. Before you buy, consider higher-rated alternatives like the 2015 Porsche Panamera and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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How Much Is the 2015 Jaguar XJ?

Based on listings for the 2015 Jaguar XJ on our site, the average price is $38,700. Prices range from $31,400 to $48,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Jaguar XJ Cost to Own?

The XJ’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $33,300, or $6,660 per year. That’s lower than average for an executive luxury car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XJ?

The 2019 Jaguar XJ starts at around $76,000 but its price can hit $123,000 in its top trims. This model boasts a sleeker grille and headlights than the 2015 model, and it’s available with a few more features, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and lane keep assist. Otherwise, it’s still very similar to the 2015 XJ, in terms of both performance and interior quality. If you can do without the updated looks and features, you can save quite a bit of money by sticking with a used XJ.

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There are some comparable new cars that you can buy for less than a used 2015 XJ, but due to the XJ’s high depreciation, there aren't as many as you might think. One of the best and the least-expensive alternatives is the 2019 Kia Stinger, which starts at $32,990. The Stinger offers enjoyable handling, a refined interior, and a practical cargo space. The 2019 Tesla Model 3, 2020 Volvo S60, and 2019 Audi A4 are also worth a look too. Starting prices for these models range from $35,000 to $38,000.

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Which Model Year of the XJ Is Best?

The 2015 XJ sedan belongs to a generation that includes the 2011 to 2019 model years. Jaguar has made small but continual updates over these years.

For 2013, Jaguar replaced the XJ’s standard V8 engine with a punchier supercharged V6. The XJ also gained an eight-speed transmission that year, as well as an available all-wheel drive system and an updated touch screen. The next changes arrived for 2016. The XJ gained refreshed styling, a new infotainment system, and an available hands-free parking assist feature. Jaguar added a larger touch screen for 2018 and more standard safety features, such as lane keep assist. The 2019 model added support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There isn’t a standout model within this generation, though we suspect most buyers will prefer the 2016-and-newer models for their updated styling and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jaguar XJ?

The 2015 XJ has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Jaguar XJ Recalls

The 2015 XJ is affected by two recalls. Jaguar is recalling models for a potential brake line leak. The XJ is also under recall for a loose belt, which could cause the vehicle to lose power steering assistance. Make sure all recalls are addressed before buying a used vehicle.

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Which Used Jaguar XJ Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Jaguar XJ is available in two body styles – standard length and XJL extended length – as well as four trim levels: base, Portfolio, Supercharged, and XJR. The base model is the best bet for most shoppers. It’s well equipped, offers punchy engine performance, and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Supercharged and XJR models are only available with rear-wheel drive.

The base model XJ sedan has a 340-horsepower V6 engine. This trim comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, 14 speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, an adaptive suspension, and 19-inch wheels.

The XJL Portfolio trim has the same V6 engine, but it adds quad-zone climate control, ventilated front and rear seats, and rear sunshades. The XJ Supercharged trim comes with a 470-horsepower V8 engine, a 20-speaker stereo, and larger 20-inch wheels. The XJR trim adds a 550-horsepower V8 and racing-inspired front seats.

Available upgrades include massaging front and rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens and folding tray tables, and a suite of safety features.

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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 a good CPO program compared to other luxury automakers, but according to our analysis, brands such as Volvo and Lexus have better ones.

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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 2015 XJ. This is fairly common for high-end luxury vehicles.

The XJ comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. Available features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive pivoting headlights with automatic high beams.

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2015 Jaguar XJ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Jaguar XJ or 2015 BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series is a better pick than the XJ. The BMW boasts a higher-quality interior with an easier-to-use infotainment system. It offers a wider array of engine options, including many with better fuel economy, like the 740Ld diesel model. The 7 Series also has more-advanced safety features, a larger trunk, and a smoother ride on rough roads than the XJ. Better still, used models of both cars tend to go for around the same average price. Opt for the 7 Series.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jaguar XJ or 2015 Audi A8?

The Audi A8 outshines its Jaguar rival. The A8 has an outstanding interior with crisp design lines, top-notch materials, roomy seating, and an intuitive infotainment system. It's fun to drive but also does a better job of soaking up rough pavement than the XJ, and all A8 models have standard all-wheel drive. The Audi offers a wider array of engines and more safety features than the Jag. You may have to spend a bit more to buy a used A8, but the car’s overall refinement is worth it.

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2015 XJ Performance

How Does the 2015 Jaguar XJ Drive?

The 2015 XJ is available with three supercharged engine options: a 340-horsepower V6 (base and Portfolio models), a 470-horsepower V8 (Supercharged), and a 550-horsepower V8 (XJR). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available with V6 models.

The big V8 engines provide brisk acceleration and a deep rumble from the exhaust, which makes for a fun driving experience, but this comes at the expense of lower gas mileage. For most buyers, the supercharged V6 will be more than up to the task. It hustles the XJ up to speed confidently and supplies strong passing power, thanks in part to the transmission’s quick shifts.

The XJ stands out as one of the more agile and sporty sedans in this class. Its steering feels direct and responsive. The brakes provide assertive stopping power, and the car remains stable around sharp turns. All models come standard with an adaptive suspension, allowing the driver to dial in a tauter setting for slicing through tight curves, or set it to a smoother profile for a softer ride when traversing over rough pavement. That said, the XJ doesn’t soak up bumps and dips quite as well as its class rivals.

Does the 2015 Jaguar XJ Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XJ gets decent fuel economy for the class. With its V6 engine and FWD, the XJ returns an EPA-rated 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That drops to 16/24 mpg city/highway with AWD. With either of the V8s, this Jag gets 15/23 mpg.

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2015 XJ Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XJ Seat?

The Jaguar XJ is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and nicely contoured, and they provide sufficient head- and legroom for taller occupants. The rear seats are comfortable as well, especially in XJL models, which have an additional five inches of legroom compared to the standard version. Heated front and rear leather seats are standard, while cooling and massaging functions are available. There's also an available rear-seat entertainment system and optional rear folding tray tables.

The XJ’s cabin is well put together, and many surfaces are wrapped with soft leather upholstery and accented with wood and chrome trim. However, the styling looks stale compared to other vehicles in this segment, like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and 2015 Porsche Panamera. Additionally, some trim pieces look similar to those found in lower-end Jaguar models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Jaguar XJ?

The XJ has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Jaguar XJ Features

Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, 14 speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 20-speaker stereo and a pair of 10.2-inch screens for back-seat passengers.

The XJ hits and misses with its tech features. The infotainment system isn’t very user-friendly, partly because it covers too many functions. The display looks quite dated, and the menus are cumbersome. Additionally, the small on-screen buttons are hard to make out while driving.

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2015 Jaguar XJ Dimensions

Jaguar XJ Cargo Space

The XJ has a decent 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

2015 XJ Length and Weight

The standard XJ is roughly 16.8 feet long. The XJL models are slightly longer, at 17.25. The XJ weighs between 3,854 and 4,151 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Jaguar XJ Built?

Jaguar built the 2015 XJ in England.


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