2018 Jaguar XJ

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MSRP: $75,400 - 122,400

2018 Jaguar XJ Review

Nimble handling, muscular engines, and sophisticated styling help make the 2018 Jaguar XJ an attractive super luxury sedan. However, a poor predicted reliability rating and an abundance of interior setbacks place it at the bottom of its class. 

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Commanding trio of supercharged engines
  • Refined, agile handling

 

  • Poor reliability rating
  • Some low-quality interior materials
  • Technology is dated and mediocre
  • Limited passenger and trunk space

 

New for 2018

  • XJR LWB trim replaced by XJR575 trim
  • Driver condition monitor and lane keep assist now standard
  • 10-inch touch screen replaces 8-inch touch screen

 

Is the Jaguar XJ a Good Car?

The Jaguar XJ is a mixed bag. It drives like a much smaller car and boasts a lineup of powerful supercharged engines. It also features a mostly commendable interior (with cushy seats and available niceties like footrests and fold-down tables). However, the XJ doesn't seem as elegant, spacious, or up to date as other super luxury cars.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XJ?

The 2018 XJ may be a super luxury car worth considering, but you’ll want to check out its top-rated competitors first. The Porsche Panamera outshines the XJ with superior driving dynamics. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series offer far more luxurious interiors, more advanced tech features, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XJ?

For 2018, the Jaguar XJ adds standard lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, and a larger 10-inch touch screen. A new XJR575 trim replaces the previous model year's XJR LWB. If these changes aren't important to you, you may want to shop for an older – but largely similar – model to save some money. Just keep in mind that the XJ was redesigned for 2011, so you'll get a noticeably different vehicle if you go back any further than that.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our 2015, 2016, and 2017 Jaguar XJ reviews. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

Our Jaguar XJ review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 36 sources and combined them with concrete data such as fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs. The 2018 Jaguar XJ uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Jaguar XJ Cost?

The Jaguar XJ is one of the least expensive models in our super luxury car rankings. Prices for standard-wheelbase models start at $75,400 (for the XJ R-Sport) and reach as high as $93,000 (for the XJ Supercharged). The three versions of the long-wheelbase configuration include Portfolio ($84,500), XJL Supercharged ($96,300), and the all-new XJR575 ($122,400).

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Jaguar XJ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar XJ or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series is a better car than the XJ, but its starting price is about $8,000 higher than the XJ’s. The 7 Series boasts handsome styling, a more user-friendly infotainment system with hand gesture controls, and more rear-seat legroom. It also has stronger engines, including two V8s and a vigorous V12. The 7 Series is also available as a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid. Factor in the BMW’s higher predicted reliability rating and nicer interior materials, and it’s the winner in this comparison.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XJ or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Fork over about $15,000 more for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and you'll be swimming in absolute luxury. The S-Class boasts tremendously soft, supportive seats featuring copious power adjustments and space for all occupants. This super luxury vehicle also has a coddling suspension and robust engines reaching as high as 621 horsepower (with the available twin-turbocharged V12). The S-Class’ infotainment system has a slight learning curve. However, it's easy to use once you get the hang of it, and the system is much more modern and intuitive than the XJ’s setup. The S-Class is the superior choice.

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XJ Interior

How Many People Does the XJ Seat?

The XJ has five seats, but only four adults can fit comfortably inside. A chunk of rear floor space is taken up by a large drivetrain bump. The cushioning is adequate, though not as sumptuous as some. There's enough room in either row for the average Joe. You get more room to spread out with a long-wheelbase version, which offers an extra 4.8 inches of legroom in the rear seat. 

XJ and Car Seats

The back seat of the XJ has three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors for connecting child safety seats.

XJ Interior Quality

The XJ's interior exudes old-world charm, with sophisticated styling, a leather-wrapped dash, and soft-close doors. Elements like standard burl wood and available piano black trim add elegance, but a few lower-grade items (such as plastic paddle shifters) bring down the level of luxury.

XJ Cargo Space

Between the few interior cubbies and the small trunk, overall cargo space is limited in the XJ. Its 15.2-cubic-foot trunk holds two fewer carry-on suitcases than the BMW 7 Series’ trunk.

XJ Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The XJ's interior score gets dinged for its technology. There's lots here (goodies like a 10-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and smartphone integration all come standard), but the system doesn't feel as high-tech as Audi’s or BMW’s. Additionally, Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro interface is more complicated than most and lags in response time, though it does feature crisp graphics.

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XJ Performance

XJ Engine: Splendid Supercharged Engines

The XJ comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine that's capable of propelling this 3,900-pound car to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. You can trim your sprint time down to 4.2 seconds with the supercharged V8 powering the XJR575. The same size engine sits under the hood of the Supercharged trims, but it offers less power. It is capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. You can't go wrong with any of these three.

XJ Gas Mileage: Typical for a Large Luxury Car

The XJ's standard 3.0-liter engine gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is a typical fuel economy rating for this class. Gas mileage with the supercharged 5.0-liter engine is 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

XJ Ride and Handling: Refined With a Touch of Sport

Jaguar has tuned the XJ toward the athletic side, which results in engaging driving dynamics and a taut suspension system. It soaks up the majority of road imperfections, but some will find the ride quality a little too firm.

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XJ Reliability

Is the Jaguar XJ Reliable?

The 2018 XJ has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

Jaguar XJ Warranty

The 2018 XJ comes with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is longer coverage than what you get with a BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Clas.

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XJ Safety

XJ Crash Test Results

The Jaguar XJ has not undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. High-end luxury sedans often remain untested given the high costs associated with crash testing.

XJ Safety Features

The XJ comes standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with start and stop functionality, forward collision alert with brake assist, a surround-view camera system, 360-degree parking sensors, and active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking.

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Which Jaguar XJ Model Is Right for Me?

In its standard-wheelbase configuration, the Jaguar XJ is available in two trims (R-Sport and Supercharged), each with a different engine. The long-wheelbase trims are the Portfolio and the Supercharged. Jaguar's high-performance edition is the XJR575, an all-new trim level that replaces last year's XJR and XJR LWB models. 

For the power of a supercharged V8 engine, you'll want one of the Supercharged trim levels (available in either short- or long-wheelbase configurations). However, if peaceful highway cruising is more your speed, stick with the R-Sport or longer Portfolio. Standard delights include heated and ventilated seats in the front and back, a Meridian surround-sound system with 20 speakers, a well-equipped infotainment system, and a suite of active safety features.

Jaguar XJ R-Sport and Jaguar XJL Portfolio

The short-wheelbase XJ R-Sport ($75,400) and long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio ($84,500) come standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive bumps the price up on each by $2,900. Inside, travelers are treated to leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, a heated leather steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, and push-button start.

The standard infotainment system consists of the InControl Touch Pro infotainment interface, a 10-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a 20-speaker Meridian audio system, smartphone integration, a built-in 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Active blind spot assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, rain sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition are also standard. The XJL Portfolio also gets four-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with five massage programs, and power rear side window sunshades. 

Jaguar XJ Supercharged and Jaguar XJL Supercharged

The XJ Supercharged ($93,000) and XJL Supercharged ($96,300) are rear-wheel-drive models with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Standard features include 14-way power-adjustable front seats with five massage programs, power rear window sunshades, a re-tuned suspension system, and active differential control (for improved traction).

Jaguar XJL XJR575

Highlights of the performance-oriented XJL XJR575 ($122,400) include a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, a sport-tuned exhaust system, aluminum paddle shifters, sport seats, 360-degree parking sensors, and active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking.

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The Final Call

The Jaguar XJ blends old-world elegance with a fleet of commanding engines. It’s a sizable yet surprisingly nimble and vivacious car that will tempt back-seat passengers to take a turn behind the wheel. Many applaud its handsome styling, but the XJ doesn't win everyone's favor. A dated and complex infotainment system, some low-grade cabin trimmings, less interior room than some rivals, and a low reliability rating diminish its overall appeal.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • As gorgeous and sleek as this car looks, the relentless march of technology has left it lagging. … Even so, the XJ is wonderful to drive, particularly the V8-powered models." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • Lovely as it looks, the XJ lacks the vault-like feel and the high-end features found in German rivals such as the 2016 Audi A8, 2016 BMW 7 Series and 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Also absent are fuel-efficient powertrain options such as a hybrid drivetrain or a diesel engine, and together these missing pieces have resulted in an Edmunds.com 'B' rating. But for those who favor comfort and opulence over nifty gadgets to show off to the neighbors, the 2016 Jaguar XJ offers timeless appeal: grace, space and pace indeed." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • You'll Like This Car If... A leather-wrapped interior, an array of powerful engines, available all-wheel drive, and even a long-wheelbase model with executive rear seating are all available in this uniquely styled big Jaguar. If standing out for all the right reasons is what you're looking for, it's hard to find a better solution. You May Not Like This Car If... While Jaguar has narrowed the gap between itself and its rivals, it still lags, and quality and reliability issues contribute to the XJ's lower resale value. Additionally, some of its features have a distinctly last-generation feel, and its small dealer network means just finding one can be a hassle." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
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