2009 Jaguar XJ8

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Jaguar XJ8. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sedan
  • Combined MPG:
    18-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2009 Jaguar XJ8

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

2009 Jaguar XJ8 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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-speake...
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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

LOOOOVE this vehicle! Sexy car!

by Jaguar Guy in Ohio from Columbus, OH on February 23, 2017

I've had a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Caddy, but this Jaguar XJ8-L beats them all. It is beautiful. The styling is just perfect. Smooth ride. No problems whatsoever. I do not like how they redesigned after ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love It, Want Another One

by Barry from South Carolina on January 12, 2012

Actually, we own a 2004 XJ8 with soon to be 50K miles on it. I like this car a lot & my wife likes it even more. In 2004, we tested the BMW750 & a comparable Mercedes. We liked the look, drive, and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Jaguar XJ8 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Jaguar XJ8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Jaguar
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    165-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XJ8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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