2017 Jaguar XJ Interior


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2017 Jaguar XJ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Jaguar XJ was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2017 Jaguar XJ, like all super luxury cars, offers elegant styling and quality materials inside. However, its rotary shift knob looks a little cheap. The seats are less comfortable and more confined than in competing vehicles, and the infotainment system lags a bit behind as well, though it was updated for 2016 and is generally easy to use. Cargo space is below average for the segment.

  • "There is much to enjoy while in the XJ's quiet, comfortable and well-appointed cabin, less any latest nifty gadgets you'd want to show off to the neighbors. And like many Jaguars before it, the design should stand up to the test of time." -- Edmunds
  • "… 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)
  • "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)

Seating

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.

Up front, the Jaguar XJ's seats are plenty comfortable, though competitors offer more seating support and adjustment. The back seats have a good amount of head- and legroom, but their seating cushions are positioned too low.

  • "Although others have surpassed it in this area, the XJL is still extremely comfortable. It comes with standard dual-pane side glass, four-zone climate control, soft-close doors, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and one of the quietest cabins around." -- 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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 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, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

While the XJ's latest infotainment system has sharp graphics and is an improvement over its previous systems, it's not as user-friendly or responsive as some rivals' systems. The XJ's standard and available sound systems provide robust sound. Instead of a traditional shifter, the XJ's shifter is a knob that raises from the console. It's a fairly cool feature, but the knob feels shabby.

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  • "Despite recent updates, the infotainment touchscreen interface still falls behind some newer systems. The graphics are attractive, but functionality is average. Also, the many mirror-finish surfaces throw off glare when it's sunny out and can be distracting." -- 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)

Cargo

The 2017 XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for the segment. The trunk's awkward shape makes it difficult to stow items, and the rear seats don’t fold for additional space. However, the XJ does have a good amount of interior storage compartments, including a big glove box and a decently sized center control bin. A power trunk lid is standard.

  • "The XJ's long-but-shallow trunk has a total carrying capacity of 15.2 cubic feet, which puts it on the lower side of average for the class. The rear seats are fixed in place and don't fold to expand the trunk, which is a common in this class of car." -- 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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