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2018 Jaguar XJ Review

Despite its respectable road manners, the 2018 Jaguar XJ's abysmal predicted reliability rating makes it a difficult one to recommend.

6.4

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 6.4
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Lineup of muscular engines
  • Engaging handling
  • Roomy interior
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Some chintzy interior materials
  • Sluggish infotainment system
  • Undersized trunk

New for 2018

  • XJR575 trim
  • 10-inch touch screen, driver attention monitoring, and lane keep assist became standard

Is the 2018 Jaguar XJ a Good Used Car?

No, the Jaguar XJ is not a very good super luxury car. In its competitive segment, you're better off with any number of competitors.

The 2018 XJ has a number of strengths:

  • Three powerful supercharged engine options
  • Agile handling
  • Long list of standard features
  • Spacious cabin

However, it has more weaknesses:

  • Terrible predicted reliability rating
  • Cumbersome infotainment operations
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • A few unimpressive cabin materials
  • Below-average trunk space
  • Ride may be too stiff for some
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How Much Is the 2018 Jaguar XJ?

Based on listings for the 2018 Jaguar XJ on our site, the average price is $68,700. Prices range from $58,000 to $83,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jaguar XJ Cost to Own?

We don't currently have data for the 2018 XJ’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XJ?

Jaguar makes a handful of updates to the XJ for the 2019 model year. Among the highlights are the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for the first time, which you can add as a no-cost option to any model. The infotainment system gets enhanced graphics, and navigation now features voice recognition. Finally, rear-wheel-drive models receive standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Buying a used model typically costs a lot less than a new 2019 Jaguar XJ. The 2018 model ranges in price from about $58,000 to $83,500, while the 2019 XJ starts at $76,000 and can cost over $123,000.

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The XJ received newly standard lane keep assist and driver attention and condition monitoring for 2018. A 10-inch infotainment touch screen replaced the 8-inch touch screen from prior models. Finally, the XJR575 was introduced as the new range-topping model with – you guessed it – 575 horsepower. If these changes aren't that important to you, consider shopping for a 2016 XJ or 2017 XJ. Those two models are nearly identical to each other, and they likely cost less than a 2018 XJ.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Jaguar XJ?

The 2018 Jaguar XJ has an abysmal predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. All other cars in the class earn a score of at least three, which is considered average for the industry as a whole.

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2018 Jaguar XJ Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Jaguar XJ.

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Which Used Jaguar XJ Trim Is Right for Me?

In its standard-wheelbase configuration, the Jaguar XJ is available in two trims (R-Sport and Supercharged). The long-wheelbase trims are the XJL Portfolio and the XJL Supercharged. The all-new XJR575 is a high-performance model. R-Sport and Portfolio models feature a supercharged V6 engine and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Supercharged models only come with rear-wheel drive and the supercharged V8.

Most of the car's comfort and convenience features – including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, an infotainment system, and a few active safety features – come standard. All models are available with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view parking camera, and automatic parking assist. Available features include a premium 26-speaker Meridian stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system in long-wheelbase models.

  • Jaguar XJ R-Sport: The 2018 Jaguar XJ R-Sport comes standard with a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, proximity key entry, push-button start, a power trunk, genuine leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated. The standard InTouch infotainment system comes with a 10-inch touch-screen, navigation, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 20-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and two USB ports. Driver assistance features for the base model include adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention monitoring, traffic sign recognition, adaptive speed limiter, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Jaguar XJL Portfolio: The long-wheelbase Jaguar XJL Portfolio adds quad-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, and power rear sunshades.
  • Jaguar XJ Supercharged: The XJ Supercharged has active differential control and a retuned suspension. This model comes with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.
  • Jaguar XJL Supercharged: The XJL Supercharged is nearly identical to the XJ Supercharged, but it's a long-wheelbase version.
  • Jaguar XJR575: The high-performance XJR575 boasts front sport seats, a surround-view parking camera, automatic parking assist, and a sport-tuned exhaust. This model has a trim-exclusive V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.

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What Does Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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.

According to our analysis, Jaguar's CPO program has fairly robust coverage and benefits compared to other luxury brands.

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How Safe Is the XJ?

Like many high-end vehicles, the 2018 XJ did not undergo crash testing by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive headlights
  • automatic high beams
  • driver attention monitoring
  • traffic sign recognition
  • adaptive speed limiter
  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • surround-view parking camera
  • automatic parking assist

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2018 Jaguar XJ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XJ or 2018 BMW 7 Series?

The 2018 BMW 7 Series is one of the most well-rounded super luxury cars. It also has the lowest average list price in the class – about $4,200 less than the XJ's. The 7 Series only comes in a long-wheelbase version, serving up 44.4 inches of rear legroom. That’s more than the 38.9 inches offered in the standard XJ and the 43.7 in the extended version. BMW's iDrive infotainment system is one of the best on the market. There are multiple ways to change settings, such as a physical knob, touch screen, and gesture controls. The 7 Series boasts an impeccable interior quality, heavenly seats, and a huge trunk. Both of these cars deliver well-rounded performance, but the BMW has the edge in fuel economy and a higher power output from its top engine choice. Throw in a much better predicted reliability rating, and there's really no reason to buy an XJ over the 7 Series.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XJ or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a solid pick and a better choice than the XJ – that is, if your budget allows it. The S-Class' average list price almost cracks six figures, and even the low end of prices is around $73,000. For your money, though, you'll be swimming in absolute luxury. This Benz boasts soft and supportive seats with a ton of power adjustments and ample space, no matter where you park your rear. The S-Class has among the best overall performance in the class, with muscular engines rated as high as 621 horsepower, and a coddling suspension. Its infotainment system has a slight learning curve, but overall, there are few knocks against the S-Class.

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2018 XJ Performance

How Does the 2018 Jaguar XJ Drive?

The 2018 Jaguar XJ is available with one of three monstrous supercharged engines. The standard supercharged V6 allows this Jag to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 470-horsepower supercharged V8 does that run in 4.9 seconds. The 575-horsepower supercharged V8 can get to 60 in a snappy 4.2 seconds.

This big luxury sedan handles like a smaller car, thanks to a suspension tuned more for sport than for comfort. The XJ takes corners with confidence while soaking up the majority of road imperfections. Some drivers may think the ride is a bit stiff for an upscale flagship sedan, though.

  • Base engine: 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 470-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (Supercharged trim)
    • 575-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (XJR575 trim)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (except Supercharged and XJR575 trims
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Jaguar XJ Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XJ gets about average fuel economy for a super luxury car.

  • V6, RWD: 18/27 mpg city/highway
  • V6, AWD: 17/26 to 17/25 mpg
  • V8, RWD: 15/23 mpg

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2018 XJ Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XJ Seat?

The 2018 XJ seats up to five people in two rows. The front seats are comfortable enough, but they don't leave you feeling coddled like in other high-end cars. Both rows offer plenty of head- and legroom.

Long-wheelbase versions serve up an extra 4.8 inches of rear legroom, allowing occupants to really stretch out. Those trims are also available with the Premium Rear Seat package, a configuration that drops seating to four. A rear center armrest features touch-screen controls for seat positions, including reclining and massaging features.

The XJ's cabin has timeless, simple styling with elegant touches like a leather-wrapped dash and wood or piano black trim accents. Nearly all materials are up to the high standards set by this class, but a few lower-grade items (such as plastic paddle shifters) bring down the level of luxury.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated seats
  • heated steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • 14-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats
  • front sport seats
  • power rear sunshades
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Jaguar XJ?

The 2018 XJ has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 Jaguar XJ Features

Jaguar's technology offerings in the XJ are a mix of good and bad. There's a long list of standard amenities, including a 10-inch touch screen and a Wi-Fi hot spot, but the infotainment system is more difficult to operate than those in other luxury brands. It lags in response to inputs and generally doesn't feel as high-tech as what rivals offer. Additionally, this Jaguar doesn’t support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch-screen, navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 20-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 26-speaker Meridian premium surround-sound stereo and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Jaguar XJ Dimensions

Jaguar XJ Cargo Space

The XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is unimpressive for a super luxury car. These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Jaguar XJ Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 10 inches to 17 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,891 to 4,156 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,181 to 5,401 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jaguar XJ Built?

Jaguar built the XJ in England.

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