2019 Jaguar XJ Interior


$50,989 - $109,642

2019 Jaguar XJ Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.6

Highlights of the 2019 Jaguar XJ's cabin include supple leather upholstery, comfortable seat cushions, and styling that oozes old-world charm. Park the XJ alongside one of its top competitors, though, and its shortcomings become more apparent. These include some lower-grade materials, an outdated infotainment system, and a small trunk. 

  • "The paint and leather are excellent, 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
  • "Spacious and inviting, the interior of the 2018 Jaguar XJ is awash in soft hides, real woods and chrome trim. Its leather-covered dash and door panels exude old-world luxury and craftsmanship with a classy analog clock and double stitching. Yet the modern shapes and switchgear are pure 21st century. It's a wonderful and dynamic blend that never feels old-fashioned or stuffy. " -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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)

Seating

The XJ is a four-door luxury sedan with seating for five people. The seat cushions are pleasant for average adults, and the cabin has plenty of room to stretch out. Larger travelers may find the front seats to be too narrow and the headspace to be a little low in both rows. The standard-wheelbase model has 38.9 inches of rear-seat legroom, and long-wheelbase models have 43.7 inches.

Soft-grain leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Upgrades include quilted leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with five massage programs, massaging rear seats, rear-seat footrests, rear side-window sunshades, and a power rear-window sunshade.

For child safety seats, the XJ has three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors.

  • "The XJL is exceptionally quiet at any speed with wind and road noise distant and dispersed. It, in fact, isolates you from the outside world so well that the sounds of the seat cooler fans are much more noticeable." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "The seats are exceedingly comfortable, and the quilted upholstery imparts a look and feel of fine furniture. The Jag's rotary shift knob rises theatrically when the engine is fired up." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

The XJ comes nicely equipped, and some automotive reviewers say the infotainment system's graphics are crisp and attractive. The touch screen responds to smartphonelike gestures, such as pinching and swiping. However, the system doesn't feel as state of the art as what you’ll find in many competitors, and it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, and push-button start. The standard InControl Touch Pro infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, a navigation system, limited smartphone integration, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, a 20-speaker Meridian surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

The XJ’s lengthy list of advanced safety features includes brake assist, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition, cruise control with an automatic speed limiter, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, active blind spot assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Optional include four-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, forward collision warning with intelligent emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-start functionality, a surround-view parking camera system, 360-degree parking sensors, and active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking.

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  • "Jaguar's technological strengths rest on its well-sorted active safety aids, but it falls short of the competition with an average nav and voice control system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available but not standard. The response and graphics of the InControl Touch system are improved for 2019." -- Edmunds
  • "Compared to high-tech infotainment systems from Audi and BMW, even the updated system in the XJ feels antiquated. The rotary shifter dial is easy enough to use, but lacks some desired features to prevent the car from accidentally rolling away when parked, should the driver not select Park as needed." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "Jaguar's InControl infotainment system includes features like swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls, the kind of gestures we use daily with smartphones." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Cargo

The XJ has a 15.2-cubic-foot trunk in both the standard- and extended-wheelbase models. Most other super luxury cars have larger trunks, including the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. A power trunk lid is standard, but a folding rear seat is not available.

  • "There's good small-item storage front and rear thanks to the center armrest bins and large glovebox. But the XJ's shallow trunk is slightly smaller than those of most competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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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