The supremely luxurious Jaguar XJ saloon turns heads with its chic styling and class-leading driving dynamics. The Jaguar XJ is the flagship executive saloon in the Jaguar’s line-up. Buyers who opt for the long wheelbase have a choice of Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and Autobiography models. The standard wheelbase variant offers range-topping R-Sport and XJR trims instead of Autobiography.
The low, sporty stance and sculpted curves of the Jaguar XJ gives it a confident road presence. Full LED headlamps are fitted as standard on every trim level in the range and Portfolio variants and above feature Adaptive Lighting and Automatic High Beam Assist. The sleek exterior enjoys classy finishing touches such as stylish alloy wheel designs and a chrome trim.
There is plenty of space inside the Jaguar XJ, particularly in the long wheelbase model, and a panoramic glass roof is fitted as standard to lend an airy feel. Driver and passenger comfort is paramount: soft grain leather upholstery and electrically adjustable heated seats with lumbar adjustment are all standard fit.
The Jaguar XJ is lightweight and high-powered, making it one of the most thrilling saloons to drive. It has exceptional handling abilities with precise, responsive steering. Buyers have a choice of strong engines: the flagship XJR variant boasts a supercharged V8 engine with 542bhp which delivers supercar-like performance. Other models have the option of a 3.0-litre V6 with 335bhp which powers the Jaguar XJ from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.
The streamlined dashboard and intuitive central console showcase cutting-edge infotainment features and a Meridian digital sound system on Premium Luxury trims and above. The comfort-focused long wheelbase Autobiography variant enjoys 10.2-inch entertainment screens fitted to the rear of the front headrests. Boasting All Surface Progress Control as standard along with a suite of driver assistance technologies, the Jaguar XJ is an exceptionally safe car.
The XJR575 is the super-saloon in Jag’s range. Formerly named plain XJR, the 575 moniker has been added as part of Jag’s range-wide updates.
The first addition is the 575 name. It’s taken from the power output: 575 PS, equivalent to 567bhp, an upgrade on the previous XJR’s 542bhp.
The other changes to the Jaguar XJR575 are pretty subtle. There are some 575-specific styling details on the treadplates, seats and dashboard, while you can also pick two new colours – Satin Corris Grey and a stunning Velocity Blue.
Other changes are shared with the rest of the XJ range, and include a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system plus upgraded safety equipment consisting of forward traffic detection, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking and a tiredness monitor.
Under the bonnet of the Jaguar XJR575 sits a 5.0-litre supercharged V8, which we’ve become familiar with across the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges. This is its most powerful iteration yet, though, and it pushes out an amazing 567bhp.
However, being supercharged rather than turbocharged has some benefits. The Jaguar’s massive power and 700Nm of torque is very much delivered in a velvet glove, with a relentless surge right from low revs rather than a sudden burst as you hit the power band. It sounds biblical too, reaching 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds.
It might surprise you to discover the XJR575 is actually a sweet handler. Though it’s a big car – longer in standard-wheelbase form than both the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series – it doesn’t feel like 5.1-metre length on the road. In fact, the 575’s pinpoint-accurate steering makes it a joy to pilot even down narrow country lanes, and the smooth power delivery helps prevent unruly wheelspin – though of course, if you’re generous with the throttle you can be positively juvenile.
There’s a sense that the XJR575, even in the eye-catching colour of our test car, is the gentleman’s choice in the sector – adhering flawlessly to Jag’s old adage of pace and grace.
The XJR is considerably lighter than its German rivals – around 300kg less, in fact, and not much heavier than the smaller XF thanks to its lightweight aluminium construction. That really helps out in the handling stakes, and makes the XJR575 feel like a hot hatchback next to its rivals.
Head off the country roads and onto the motorway and the XJR575 is a great cruiser, too. Avoid the temptation to test the 186mph top speed at the higher end of the rev range and you’ll find it every bit as refined as the standard XJ – making it a truly wonderful car to cover big miles in.
However, even the soft and supportive seats can’t disguise the XJR575’s firm ride. You’ll feel every motorway expansion joint, and rough roads definitely make themselves known in the cabin.
The XJ has a look unlike anything else in Jaguar’s current model portfolio – a hangover from its release almost a decade ago. While the front end has been updated with Jaguar’s corporate grille, the rear features swooping lines and vertical taillights. It’s sleek, distinctive and – unlike the S-Class and 7 Series – is instantly distinguishable from smaller models in the Jaguar range.
As far as badge prestige goes, the Jaguar brand carries considerable cachet even in the face of premium German rivals. Residuals are rock solid, but best of all is the feeling you get from driving a Jaguar.
The XJ’s interior, like the outside, is distinctive and different, but still unmistakably Jaguar. It’s characterised by round ‘eyeball’ air vents and a sweeping curve across the top of the doors and dashboard.
Beautifully sculpted and comfortable seats, F-Type-inspired steering wheel, and plenty of room. The swooping dash and high-set centre console give a pleasantly cocooned feeling, too.
The XJR575 comes with everything you’d expect of your super-saloon as standard. Soft perforated leather seats with contrast stitching match with a suede headliner and piano black detailing to give a mean interior ambience, while the outside is equally mean with gloss black detailing on the grille and side windows replacing the chrome of the standard model.
On a less sporty note, you’ll find the usual raft of safety kit, including 360-degree parking sensors with a rear-facing camera, park assist, lane departure warning, blind spot assist and autonomous emergency braking.
In addition, there’s Jaguar’s latest InControl infotainment system, operated through a 10-inch touchscreen and featuring satnav as standard, while there’s also an LCD dial display that apes Audi’s virtual cockpit.
The XJR575 is a leftfield choice for those after a super-saloon, but trades well on all aspects relating to those cars. It’s got performance aplenty, exclusivity, good looks and is amazing to drive. The fact it’s a useful £20,000 cheaper than the competition just sweetens an already very good deal.
Model: Jaguar XJR575
Engine: 5.0-litre supercharged V8
Power (bhp): 567
Torque (Nm): 700Nm
Max speed (mph): 186mph
0-60mph: 4.2 seconds
Emissions (g/km): 264g/km
It is impossible to appreciate the Jaguar XJ without experiencing it for yourself. Contact the team at Swansway Jaguar online or by phone to arrange your test drive.
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|On the Road Price||£62,360.00|
|Vehicle selling price||£55,500.00|
|Finance Deposit Allowance||£6,000.00|
|Total Amount of Credit||£43,600.00|
|47 monthly payments of||£599.63|
|Optional Final Payment||£21,727.00|
|Total Amount Payable||£61,819.00|
|Duration of Agreement||48 months|
|APR Representative||4.9% APR|
|Interest rate (fixed)||0.0%|
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