2018 Jaguar XJ Interior


$53,900 - $85,936

2018 Jaguar XJ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Jaguar XJ was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

Although the 2018 Jaguar XJ's cabin is nice enough, a lack of over-the-top features means this interior falls behind the super luxe cabins of many competitors. A mix of high- and medium-grade materials brings down the overall level of opulence. Seating comfort, technology, and cargo space are sufficient, but they won't inspire any oohs and aahs.

  • "Where the XJ falls down is in the details. Compared to high-tech infotainment systems from Audi and BMW, even the updated system in the XJ feels antiquated." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "The rich and sumptuous interior is a premium effort, with stitched leather everywhere and lots of posh wood trim and gleaming chrome accents. Carpets and mats are soft and plush as is the headliner. Tray tables for the rear passengers fold down from the front seatbacks. The only letdown is that some switchgear feels a little cheap." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "Excellent paint and leather, but other aspects come up a little short. The interior appears impressive at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals seat cross-stitching that doesn't look as clean as it should, and the use of plastic parts is a little too liberal for a vehicle of this ilk." -- Edmunds (2017)

Seating

The XJ seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front and rear seats, and a heated leather steering wheel. Available features include 14-way power-adjustable front seats with five massage programs, massaging rear seats, rear-seat footrests, power sunshades for the rear side and back windows, and front sport seats. For installing child safety seats, there are two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors in the rear.

Seat cushioning is decent, but accommodations in this price range should aim for more decadence. The XJ is spacious enough for average-sized adults, though the cabin feels a bit closed in for some. For an extra roomy back seat, pick a long-wheelbase model; it grants almost 5 inches more space for your legs.

  • "Comfort up front is fine, although the seats don't have the same kind of adjustability and support BMW and Mercedes-Benz can offer. In the back, passengers will have to cope with a bottom cushion that's unusually low by class standards, but legroom is more than adequate in the short-wheelbase version, extending to more generous dimensions in the XJL." -- Autotrader
  • "The rear seats are well shaped for two adults and our long-wheelbase XJL affords plenty of leg room, but head room is tight for tall people. Limited head room and the wide transmission tunnel render the center-seat position barely usable. Access is pretty good front and rear but climbing out of the low seats takes a bit of effort; there are no assist grips." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "The XJ is large enough inside to qualify as a short limousine. There's ample room for rear passengers, but front occupants may feel a little cozy due to the high center console and the way the dash wraps around like a cockpit. There's plenty of headroom both front and rear for average-height adults." -- Edmunds (2017)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2018 XJ is comprised 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, satellite radio, HD Radio, and two USB ports. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, and push-button start are also included. 

Available features include four-zone automatic climate control and a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with two 10.2-inch screens that fold into the front seats, a touch-screen remote control, and two wireless headphones.

The infotainment interface draws criticism for its complex menus and slow response times. On the plus side, the graphics are beautiful and the navigation system works well.

See 2018 Jaguar XJ specs »

  • "The instrument panel is a digital display with simulated analog gauges. Some of the on-screen lettering is small. A central touch screen controls manual climate settings, radio presets, seat heaters, and other functions, making common tasks needlessly complicated. Bright daylight washes out the screen. Also, the screen is slow to respond to commands, a further annoyance." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "As gorgeous and sleek as the car looks, the restless march of technology has put it out of step. The virtual gauges change color depending on the drive mode, but the rev counter's needle can't keep up during rapid acceleration. The XJ's touchscreen interface is showing its age, and virtually every competitor has a newer, more capable infotainment system." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

No matter which wheelbase you select, the XJ has a 15.2-cubic-foot trunk. That's one of the smaller sizes in the class. You can't expand this, as there's no pass-through and the rear seats are fixed in place. A power trunk lid is standard. 

  • "Storage space in the cabin is a little sparse and the trunk is small, especially for a big sedan. The rear seats do not fold down to accommodate bulkier cargo." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "There's good small item storage front and rear, thanks to the center armrest bins and a large glovebox, but the XJ's shallow trunk is slightly smaller than those of most competitors." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The trunk on AWD models … [is] 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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