2015 Jaguar XJ

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2015 Jaguar XJ Review

The 2015 Jaguar XJ’s weight-reducing aluminum construction helps it deliver good handling for its size, but this super luxury car stumbles with an interior that looks nice yet has low-rent materials for the segment.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.1
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Powerful supercharged V8 engines
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Unremarkable interior build quality

2015 Jaguar XJ Overview

Is the 2015 Jaguar XJ a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Jaguar XJ is a good used car, but others in the super luxury car class are better. The XJ keeps pace with rivals thanks to its wide array of engines, long-wheelbase variants, and well-designed interior. Unfortunately, the feel of the interior doesn’t live up to the luxury ideal. Rivals also have better standard safety equipment.

Used 2015 Jaguar XJ Performance and Interior

All 2015 Jaguar XJ engines are supercharged. The base XJ and XJ long-wheelbase models have a 340-horsepower V6 engine. There are two V8 engines: the Supercharged trim’s produces 470 horsepower, while the XJR variant delivers 550 horsepower. All engines are mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in some models. The XJ is nimble for its size, thanks in part to its weight-reducing aluminum construction. The Jaguar has a firm but comfortable ride. EPA fuel economy numbers range from 15 to 18 mpg in the city and 23 to 27 mpg on the highway.

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The 2015 Jaguar XJ seats five on standard leather upholstery, and its front and rear seats are heated. They are comfortable, but not as supportive as those found in German rivals. Massaging front seats are available, as are cooled front and rear seats. Some long-wheelbase XJs have power reclining and massaging rear seats. The XJ’s sloping roofline can impede front and rear headroom. The rear outboard passenger seats offer two complete LATCH systems for securing child seats.

Inside the XJ, you’ll find standard equipment including dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen. The touch-screen infotainment system has a low-resolution LCD screen instead of physical gauges. It can be slow to show data.

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Used 2015 Jaguar XJ Prices

The price of a used 2015 Jaguar XJ ranges from about $46,500 for the base trim with rear-wheel drive to around $76,700 for the high-performance XJR long-wheelbase trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 28 professional reviews for this 2015 Jaguar XJ overview to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jaguar XJ?

The 2015 Jaguar XJ has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s above average for the industry as a whole, but slightly below average for the super luxury car segment.

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How Safe Is the XJ?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted crash tests on the XJ. Active safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning can be found in some XJs.

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Should I Consider Another Used XJ?

The Jaguar XJ has been around as a sedan or coupe since 1968. The 2015 XJ sedan last underwent a redesign for the 2011 model year. There have been few significant changes beyond adding standard soft-closing doors and a 550-horsepower XJR trim for 2014, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission for 2013. You might save money by considering a 2013 XJ or 2014 XJ, and you’ll sacrifice none of the technology found in the 2015 model.

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Which Used Jaguar XJ Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Jaguar comes in four trims: Base, Portfolio, Supercharged, and XJR. There are two body styles: standard and long wheelbase. Long-wheelbase sedan models, available in all but the base trim, are 4.9 inches longer than the standard body style. All trims are well-appointed, but the base XJ should meet most of your needs. If you plan to carry passengers in the back seat often, you might prefer a long-wheelbase model.

Even with the XJ’s above-average predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. 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 and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

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2015 Jaguar XJ and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Audi A8 has a more luxurious interior than the Jaguar XJ. It is well-constructed and features lavish attention to detail. The A8 also has a much better infotainment system, with crisp graphics and fast responses to driver inputs. The sedans have similar horsepower, but the Audi gets the handling edge thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. Overall, the more luxurious A8 is the better choice.

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

Like the XJ, the 2015 BMW 7 Series is available in both standard and long-wheelbase versions. The BMW’s cabin sports more upscale soft-touch materials, while the XJ’s interior feels cheap in comparison. Interior dimensions are similar, but the 7 Series has a larger trunk. You’ll get more oomph and better handling with the base XJ, making it a better choice than the 7 Series if performance is your primary desire. Otherwise, the 7 Series makes more sense.

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