Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ 2012

While Jaguar has struggled in the past with breaking out into a more modern consumer base, the XJ does a good job of helping the carmaker to shed its stodgy, old-fashioned rep and enter the full-size luxury sedan market with poise and style. With a low-profile, super-aerodynamic roofline and all the interior appointments you’d expect from the name, this car is one classy ride.

Key Features

While it may be slightly superficial, the leather-wrapped dashboard is a treat in and of itself. But perhaps the best thing about this model is the elimination of analog controls in favor of a completely digital interface to program all interior preferences as well as monitor the car’s data. Bonus, this configuration opens up the console area for a cleaner feel.

Changes for 2012

The Supersport variant got an entertainment boost for 2012 with the addition of a standard DVD system, and if you opt for the XJL Supersport your rear passenger will get a soothing massage.

What We Like

The suspension is built with active damping which means more protection for passengers on bumpy roads. The acceleration is invigorating, and the optional Bowers and Wilkins audio package may just blow away most of the competition.

What Concerns Us

The power is fantastic but the brakes have a very sensitive touch – so stopping can be a bit jolty. The size makes parking a bit more challenging and the steering could have a firmer, more thrilling feel of control.

Available Models

The XJ comes in base, XJL Portfolio, Supercharged, XJL Supercharged, Supersport, and XJL Supersport. The L versions offer five additional inches of legroom in the rear, and the Supersport provides trim upgrades like metal foot pedals and a rear entertainment system. All choices feature a 6-speed shift automatic transmission.

Engine choices include:

  • 5.0L V8 with 380 lb.-ft. torque, 385 HP, and 16/23 mpg (15/22 with the long wheelbase)
  • 5.0L supercharged V8 with 424 lb.-ft. torque, 470 HP, 15/21 mpg
  • 5.0L supercharged V8 with 461 lb.-ft. torque, 510 HP, 15/21 mpg

Major Recalls

There are no major recalls associated with the 2012 Jaguar XJ.

Common Issues

It’s tough to find many complaints regarding the XJ, however there has been a report of vibrating in the steering wheel above 50mph. This could be partially due to the very light steering feel inherent in this vehicle’s architecture.

Jaguar XJ 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...


Related questions

Q: Trunk light out, but all else is fine

If the bulb is good, there is probably a loose connection in the bulb receptacle or wiring. You can use a test light or a volt ohmmeter to see if there is 12 volts at the bulb receptacle. One side...

Q: Is a 2010 750i a reliable vehicle? There is so much stuff on the internet. I can't get a straight answer.

With any car, the life expectancy of it depends largely on the maintenance schedule the owner has maintained, the driving conditions it is subjected to, the driving habits of the owner and many other factors. There are inherent maintenance issues...

Q: How do I use the steering wheel mode control button?

The steering wheel mode control button is on the left side of the steering wheel, and says MODE. Press this button to turn on the sound system, or, if the sound system is on, to select the audio source.