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