2009 Jaguar XJ

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$76,075

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2009 Jaguar XJ

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Elegant refinement
  • Quietness
  • Stately European styling
  • Performance of supercharged models
  • Gas mileage relative to competitors

The bad:

  • Reliability potential
  • Body lean in curves
  • Control layout
  • Somewhat dated cabin

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Regular or extended length
  • Standard V-8
  • Available supercharged XJR
  • Standard six-speed automatic

2009 Jaguar XJ review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Jaguar’s XJ is the marque’s flagship sedan, and it competes with the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8. The XJ comes in XJ8, XJ8 L, Vanden Plas, XJR, Super V8 and (new for 2009) Super V8 Portfolio models. As before, regular and extended-length versions are available.

New for 2009
Navigation and a surround-sound system are standard across the model lineup. The XJ also gets a new high-end model called the Super V8 Portfolio.

Exterior
In front of each front door is a chrome gill that Jaguar calls a “power vent.” They echo the slats in the XK coupe. In back, a chrome strip spans the width of the trunk.

The XJ’s all-aluminum structure is a rarity even in the luxury segment, where many cars utilize a heavier steel frame. Exterior length is 200.4 inches, and it’s 73.2 inches wide. Stretched models add about 5 inches in overall length. The XJ is the narrowest sedan of its competitive set, but it’s among the longer sedans in the class.

  • 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Auto-dimming power, heated side mirrors
  • Acoustic laminated glass
  • Bi-xenon HID headlamps with headlight washers
  • Auto-leveling headlights
  • Front and rear fog lamps

Interior
The XJ’s interior is simple and elegant, if not as opulent as the high-tech cabins in the S-Class and 7 Series. The trunk has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is tied with the 7 Series as the most in the class.

  • Leather-trimmed seats and dash
  • Available burl walnut or elm interior trim
  • 320-watt, 12-speaker surround-sound system
  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional rear fold-down picnic trays
  • Optional heated steering wheel

Under the Hood
Standard running gear includes a V-8 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. A supercharged version of the same engine powers the XJR, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. The XJ’s air suspension remains the same. It can automatically lower the car and maintain its balance for the best mix of performance and comfort.

  • 300-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 with 310 pounds-feet of torque
  • 400-hp, supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 with 413 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Speed-sensitive steering
  • Sport-tuned suspension with viscous limited-slip differential (XJR)

Safety

  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Antilock brakes with traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Break-resistant glass

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Beefy

Very luxurious, very fast but still decent on mpg. Lots of leg room and comfortable. Looks beautiful.

5.0

Suprised by the XJ

I have always like the styling of Jaguars, yet have never purchased one due to concerns about their reliability. When I noticed the price difference between a Mercedes Benz S550 and a XJ8, I immediately looked further into a Jaguar. When I went to test drive the XJ, I was impressed with how direct the steering response was, and how I felt engaged when I was behind the wheel. The car soaks up potholes and road imperfections like a sponge, and has seats with excellent lumbar support. My absolute favorite part about this car is the way it looks, inside and out. The Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus big sedans are all very boring looking, and kind of ugly. They all look as though they have to prove something to someone. The Jaguar XJ however, seems kind of content with itself, not trying to prove anything. I really love the lines on the side of the car, and especially the character lines on the hood. The inside is lovely, mine with beige leather with navy piping and beautiful burled wood inlays. The technology is not the most state of the art, but it is much easier to use than anything I have come across. I chose the color Radiance. It is a dark red and looks absolutely stunning, especially on a sunny day. The engine does lack horsepower, but the car is lightweight because it is made from aluminum, so it actually is quite quick, and economical. In the city, I get about 18 mpg. On the highway however, I get 28 miles per gallon. (Yes, I am serious.) I love my Jaguar XJ. I would recommend it to anyone in the market for such a vehicle, and absolutely love my daily commute to the office in my beautiful Jaguar XJ.

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