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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There's no Euro NCAP crash test rating, but you wouldn't expect anything less than a comprehensive list of safety and security kit in a car that transports politicians. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard as well as electronic stability control. New for 2006 models is a tyre pressure monitoring system and uprated brakes. An armour plated version is available, and has gained much positive feedback from drivers as the car is so light before the armour is added, it doesn't become too unwieldy.

It might not be as roomy inside as its rivals, but it will still do a decent job of transporting five people in comfort. However although the boot is a decent size, you can't help feeling it should be bigger given the sheer five-metre length of the XJ. It has 470 litres of luggage room, but other large saloons like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class offer at least 500 litres.

Stowage in the front is adequate but the glovebox isn't especially large and the central cubby between the seats is quite shallow and dominated by two cupholders.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Jaguar XJ Saloon (03-09).

  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Executive optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav

Portfolio equipment

Portfolio standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Portfolio optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers

Sovereign equipment

Sovereign standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Sovereign optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Telephone
  • TV

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support

Sport Premium equipment

Sport Premium standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Sport Premium optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats

Super V8 equipment

Super V8 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone
  • TV
Super V8 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • DVD
  • Sports seats