2017 Jaguar XJ Performance

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2017 Jaguar XJ Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.6

The 2017 Jaguar XJ has more than enough power to provide thrills on the open road, and it handles well for a car of its size. Still, rivals provide more engine options. And while the XJ is a mix of sport and comfort, some competitors provide more resolute driving characteristics.  

  • "It's not top-of-the-class, but the Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD is thoroughly competent, and it has the driving characteristics of a much smaller car." -- Edmunds
  • "As before, the XJR combines the sort of effortless low-down performance that luxury-sedan buyers expect with the ability to deliver truly startling pace at very little notice." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "No matter the trim level, the XJ promises to be one serious sports sedan. With a relatively low curb weight - courtesy of its aluminum-intensive construction - the sedan's prowess on curvy roads belies its jumbo-sized dimensions." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Jaguar XJ R-Sport and XJL Portfolio (long wheelbase) come standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that puts out 340 horsepower. The XJ Supercharged and XJL Supercharged feature a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 470 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models. The base XJ gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are average numbers for the class.

The high-performance XJR and XJR LWB trims feature a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 550 horsepower. According to Jaguar, the XJR will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph.

The base V6 delivers more than enough power for most drivers, but if you want the car to really move, consider one of the V8-powered models. The eight-speed transmission delivers smooth, timely shifts and helps to maximize the engine's potential, whether cruising around town or blazing down the highway.

  • "The base engine, a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6, never feels sluggish, even with 4,400 pounds of Jaguar to lug around. It allows the XJ to execute passing maneuvers with ease and sprint from zero to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds, a solid showing for any sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The supercharged V6 is nice enough and gets much better fuel economy (with rear-wheel drive), but the siren call of those V8s would be too much for us to resist. Acceleration in the XJ Supercharged and XJR is astounding in both its force and immediacy." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "Acceleration, even with the V6, is a thoroughly satisfying event, and the ZF 8-speed transmission makes the journey all that much more enjoyable. However, if you want to be immersed in the total Jaguar experience, having one of the V8 engines beneath the bonnet is still the best choice." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Handling and Braking

The Jaguar XJ has a firm yet comfortable ride quality. It's nimble for its size, as the car has a good grasp of the road and little body lean in turns. Steering is well-weighted and provides good communication. Still, some other cars in the class feel a bit more athletic.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the XJ, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Ample grip, all-wheel-drive traction and modest body roll deliver confident handling on twisty roads that's likely beyond what most will expect from a luxury sedan. That said, competitors in this space continue to push the envelope and offer sharper response characteristics." -- Edmunds
  • "Under normal commuting conditions, the XJ has a tauter ride than some in this class, but it filters out harsh impacts satisfactorily." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "XJs feel quite athletic for such large cars. Steering is properly weighted with good feel." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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