2016 Jaguar XJ Interior

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2016 Jaguar XJ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Jaguar XJ was new.


Interior: 7.5

The 2016 Jaguar XJ impresses some auto journalists with its elegant styling and quality materials, but others argue that rivals like the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are more luxurious. The seats are less comfortable and more confined than in competing vehicles, and the infotainment system lags a bit behind as well, though it is updated for 2016 and is generally user-friendly. Cargo space is adequate, although the trunk's unusual shape will impact your ability to carry larger items.

  • "… the XJ features a unique, wrap-around dash, complete with plenty of wood and leather accents. A large LCD screen is front and center while rounded air vents give the XJ's cabin an air of sportiness." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Although the XJ's cabin is a feast for the eyes the quality of construction isn't quite as bulletproof as its primary German-brand competitors: the 2015 Audi A8 2015 BMW 7 Series and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Interior design is a strong suit for all XJ models. From the prominent, jetlike air vents to the 12.3-in thin-film-transistor instrument panel, the style of the low-set dashboard is a refreshing departure from the stoic designs of other luxury sedans. Jaguar's distinctive rotary shift knob feels chintzy, but it looks slick as it rises out of the center console upon ignition." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Climbing into a V-6, rear-wheel-drive XJ, we're immediately struck by the strong smell of its opulent leather and the warmth of its wood trim, which together offset the modernity of the digital gauges and center touch screen." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)


The XJ seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front and rear seats. Massaging front seats are optional, and massaging and reclining rear seats are available in long-wheelbase models.

The front seats offer less support than those found in the XJ's German rivals, and the car's sloping roofline reduces headroom for all occupants. The short-wheelbase model's rear seats offer little legroom compared with competitors. While some reviewers think the long-wheelbase model offers generous space in the back, others remark that it lacks the expansive rear seats that many consumers associate with luxury vehicles.

  • "Although its vast exterior profile suggests otherwise, the XJ's sloping roof line sacrifices both front- and rear-seat headroom for style. In the short-wheelbase models, there's also not as much legroom in the rear as you'd expect. If you need a roomy backseat, consider the long-wheelbase L models, but no XJ will feel as limolike as some of its competitors do." -- Edmunds
  • "Front-seat comfort is fine in the XJ, though the chairs lack the adjustability and support that BMW and Mercedes offer. In the back, passengers will have to cope with a bottom cushion that is unusually low by class standards, but legroom is plentiful even in the short-wheelbase XJ, extending to limolike generosity in the XJL." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Seats are comfortable and supportive, and numerous adjustments combine with good overall room to allow most any driver to find an agreeable position." -- Consumer Guide (2013) 
  • "The seats offer good comfort, though one editor thought they bordered on being too narrow. Backseat legroom was snug in our regular-wheelbase test car." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the XJ include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth, a 20-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, emergency brake assist, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and smartphone app integration.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 26-speaker Meridian audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

The infotainment system is drastically improved for the 2016 model year but still falls short of competitors' systems. Though it may seem complicated at first, it's relatively easy to figure out, and the touch screen responds to pinch and swipe gestures as a smartphone would. However, the system feels slow at times, especially when switching between vehicle functions. The navigation and audio systems are state-of-the-art.

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  • "For the most part, the new InControl system works well and is a vast improvement over the outgoing unit. …Despite the upgraded hardware, we found some hesitation, especially when the system was asked to swap between functions. But our praise for the new navigation is unambiguous-it's smart, smooth-scrolling, looks good, and features a clever address-guessing trick that tries (and normally succeeds) in figuring out where you want to go before you finish typing. It also will learn regular routes, such as your commute to work, and recommend alternatives to beat traffic, in the manner of the popular Waze smartphone app." -- Car and Driver
  • "The XJ's touchscreen interface commands most of the sound, navigation and phone controls. … Jaguar has updated it for 2016, but we still find competitors' systems (typically manipulated via one large control dial and adjacent menu buttons) easier and quicker to use." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, however, the XJ technology team took risks that didn't quite pay off. The chrome shifter disc that rises from the console upon starting up draws oohs and aahs, but it feels chintzy. The virtual gauges change color depending on drive mode, but the tachometer needle lags behind during rapid acceleration." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "There are three Meridian audio systems from which to choose - each better than the next, but all superb in their own right." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)


The 2016 XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for the class. A power trunk lid is standard. The trunk provides enough space for most occasions, but its awkward shape and the lack of a folding rear seat can make it hard to transport large items.

  • "Similarly, the XJ's 15.2-cubic-foot trunk is average in size for the segment and has a few awkward protrusions as well as a shallow profile that limits your loading options." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk on AWD models loses some space to a large spare tire, but it's still adequate for normal uses. Trouble is, the rear seat backs don't fold, so there's no way to load long objects. Interior storage is disappointingly sparse." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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