2007 Jaguar XJR

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$80,835

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2007 Jaguar XJR

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2007 Jaguar XJR review: Our expert's take

By Colette Fischer

The driving life with young children is wild in itself – any attempt to maintain an orderly vehicle is a façade at best, a complete failure at worst. Seatbacks become a vertical stomping ground and windows are painted with any number of grotesque substances, from banana sludge to sticky mango fruit leather. My 2-year-old monkey has even been caught swinging from the ceiling handle as though he were dangling in the canopy of a jungle.

As if all that normal kiddie abuse weren’t enough, we decided to step things up a notch by testing the Jaguar XJR’s survival potential out in the wild: Camping with kids at a national park. Surrounded by everything from bears to mountain lions, this Jaguar should feel right at home, shouldn’t it? Even for those who aren’t the camping type, I’ve known a couple of desperate moms who have succumbed to this adventurous affair for the sake of their pleading children. The reason is simple: Barefoot children with s’mores-smudged mouths and chocolate-stained clothing, jumping up and down all around a tent, seem to share a common trait: They grin from ear to ear!

A successful camping trip requires lots of stuff, and at first glance the Jaguar’s trunk looks misleadingly tiny. Luckily, my husband packed the car and fit in a respectable amount of gear: four sleeping bags, two Therm-a-Rests, a full-sized air mattress, one tent, a stove, a cooler, camping cookware, two kid’s camping chairs, clothes for all and diapers for one. Because the trunk’s opening is so shallow, we were able to easily remove the entire camping arsenal, only to put most of it right back in again due to pesky bears in the area. Yikes! The center console is a bear – by far the tiniest I’ve ever seen, made to store a cell phone, a couple of pens, a credit card and nothing more. The only item I kept in there was my digital camera, which barely fit. Even my husband, who rarely pays attention to those kinds of things, laughingly questioned where the other part of the center console was. The two front cupholders also look miniscule, but they nicely housed both a bottle of Perrier and – later on, in an effort to decompress from the primitive weekend – a great big espresso ice cream shake.

The highlight in storage space is the rear center armrest. My sons were ecstatic that they not only had the standard cupholders, but also a place for their snacks, a separate activity tray for their Legos and a slot for crayons and pencils. The rear side window blinds and automatic rear window shade also gave the kids a nice break from the intense sunlight pouring into the vehicle.

Unfortunately, our little backseat passengers were also able to easily tinker with the temperature control and seat-heater buttons on the rear of the center console, which turned disastrous in short order. My toddler’s busy toes were constantly finding their way to these controls, raising and lowering the fan speed, while our 6-year-old felt obligated to tattle on his brother with relentless consistency. While I’m on a rant, let me not forget to mention that the Latch child-seat anchors are as difficult to access as a bear-proof trash container is for a bear. I also found accessing the climate controls through the navigation system much too cumbersome; I prefer plain old buttons for such basic functions.

Aside from some of its shortcomings – and disregarding the curious looks we got – the Jaguar XJR performed better than expected in the wilderness. As we left the campground, a BMW owner admiringly waved us on, commenting, “There goes the fast cat.” Indeed, it took cruise control to keep this supercharged cat’s speed in check. Like many a wild beast, this one does not like to lollygag, and it has power as well as grace.

*For more information on the Jaguar XJR and its safety features, visit Cars.com. LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Good Times -Groove On

Specs

Base price: $80,835

Price as tested: $82,850

Engine: 400-hp, 4.2-liter V-8

Fuel: 17/24 mpg

Length: 200.4″

Width: 73.2″

Ground Clearance: 5.1″

Turning Radius: 19.0′

Cargo space: 16.4 cu. ft.

NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings

Frontal Impact

Driver’s side: Not Rated

Passenger’s side: Not Rated

Side Impact

Front occupant: Not Rated

Rear occupant: Not Rated

Rollover resistance: Not Rated

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 4.5
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great Performance, handling and reliability!

This is my 4th and favorite Jag.! I have owned it for almost 6 years. It now has 84,000 miles--interior looks new! I have had minimal repairs! I have had many sports cars--none of them handle as well as this 4 door sedan. Awesome car! Most miles were showing real estate property.

4.8

Fantastic luxury yet powerful and fun to drive

As i search for the right XJR, I've been test driving a variety of 2004-2007 XJRs and there is a big difference between those that are well maintained and those that are not. A well sorted one is supremely smooth and just plain fun to drive. "Spirited" driving on twisty roads with the supercharger whining and responsive, solid steering feel will put a grin on your face. Relaxed cruising is quiet, comfortable and silky smooth. The leather and wood trimmings are very stately. I'm finding the black interiors just seem to age better, but a very clean tan one impresses. Don't be surprised if headliners are saggy, they all seem to give way no matter what after 10 years. I plan to upgrade mine to the new suede-like fabrics. Also, look for upgrades to the air suspension struts as most need replacement around 100,000 miles. Arnott is a good name to look for and a replacement to all 4 corners is about $2500. Arnott struts have a lifetime guarantee so if it's done, you have no future worries. This is an amazing vehicle and I really recommend driving the normal XJ8 as well to feel and hear the difference the supercharger makes. The R is a different cat that will make you smile!!

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