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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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PROS

Daring and unique styling both inside and out, supremely refined, available as a long wheelbase, muscular performance, agile handling

CONS

Steering lacks some feel, rear headroom could be better

Verdict

The XJ is the pinnacle of Jaguar’s ethos of building cars that offer high performance and comfort in equal measures. It’s a world away from its predecessor, both in terms of appearance and driving, yet this is still very much a Jaguar with plenty of delightful styling details and a coupe-like look. An all-aluminium body ensures a low kerb weight – good for handling – which combined with a superb range of engines, means the XJ delivers stunning performance and useful economy.

The cosseting cabin is a wonderful piece of design too with unique touches that make other luxury alternatives look drab and ordinary. It is also fitted with state-of-the-art technology including a high definition virtual instrument panel. Like most cars of this size, it’s expensive new, but the Jaguar is easily a match for alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and, whether you’re in the back or behind the wheel, few cars feel as special as the XJ does.

What owners say about this car

Space. I have three children aged 15, 13 and 13 and they all fit in the back in comfort. I... Read owner review

Get in, press the start button, point it in the right direction and off you go. Effortless motoring. Read owner review

My golf clubs and electric trolley fit in the boot with room to spare!... Read owner review

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