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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Quite remarkably you can even electronically adjust the pedals in the XJ, so no matter how tall or short you are, it’s simple to find the ideal driving position. The cabin is as classy as you’d expect in a large Jaguar with comfortable, soft seats and an abundance of wood trim. The stereo and ventilation controls are house on the centre console and fairly easy to use, although it does look quite button-heavy compared to models from BMW and Audi.

Models from 2006 can be specified with aluminium interior trim instead of traditional wood, given the interior a more modern edge.

Even though the latest Jaguar is bigger on the inside than ever before, it still isn’t as big as its German and Japanese alternatives. There is a long-wheelbase model to compensate but the rear compartment of the standard car is only as big as a Ford Mondeo. From September 2005 all models come with acoustic laminated glass and improved sound insulation while changes in 2007 included redesigned front seat backs which free-up knee-room for rear passengers.

The seats have also been redesigned for better support and heated front seats are now standard across the range. Ventilated seats – using chilled air from the air conditioning – are optional from mid 2007. And while the petrol engines are refined, the V6 diesel is exceptional. It’s as quiet inside as the petrol XJ6 and makes a superb motorway cruiser.