The XJ8 is authentically Jaguar: big outside, small inside, filled with supple leather and lustrous wood, but somewhat outdated. Wait a year for a far more technologically advanced flagship Jaguar sedan to fill its shoes.
by eshipman on Feb 18, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ Sport 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
I bought this car last summer (2011) on a whim.
It had 140K miles but only cost 5K.
WOW! FUN to drive.
Even with 140K miles is still tight, dependable, runs great & drives oh so smooth.
I am looking forward to upgrading to a 2008 or 2009 in the next year.
by James on Dec 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ Sport 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
I purchased my XJ8 used with about 34,000 miles on it, and have been extremely pleased with the XJ8 all around, performance, ride and drive, comfort and convenience, and have had no major problems with this vehicle whats so ever it still feels as solid and secure as the 1st day I drove it and was sold buy the way it drove period, and now understand what all these owners have in common and why the reviews are always so good on the 2003 XJ8.
by Mike J. on Nov 10, 2008 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Super V8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl S/C 5A)
I traded in a 2003 XJ8 Sovereign for this 2003 SuperV8. I needed the extended wheelbase and extra rear seat leg room. The Super has a few more bells and whistles including a plusher seat package. The main difference is the supercharger. It really brings the V8 to life. The standard engine has plenty of power, this just puts it over the top. Very comfortable, the SuperV8 has a bit stiffer suspension than the standard models but it is still very smooth. The Alpine sound system is superb.
by Craig Seifert on Jun 24, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
Bought the car for my wife, but love to drive it when she'll let me. Picked it up in DC and drove it 200 miles on the interstate to get home and was impressed with the comfort, stability, power and control. Two days later, we drove it to Michigan from Virginia Beach. Again, superb is the word. We've owned and driven a lot of high end cars, but the XJs are in a class of their own. The styling is refined from decades of improving on a base design from the late sixties. The engineering has too. The base 300 HP 4.0 L V8 coupled with the 4 speed automatic is powerful but smooth, sophisticated but dependable and pretty efficient (20 mpg), considering that it's pushing a 2.5 ton car.
by James on Jun 22, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
This is the 7th jaguar I have owned, all have been great cars. This one the XJ8 seems to be the best to date, all round flexibility in comfort in town and highway. I do not think anyone could overdrive this car, it sticks like glue and goes where you point it. it never fails to get comments on its looks, It truly is in a class of its own.
by Rick on Apr 15, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Super V8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl S/C 5A)
Amazing vehicle. I have owned A Mercedes S600, a Lexus LS400, a BMW 750il,and a Bently Arnage. None of these cars even comes close to the Jag. I love the engine, it is smoother and more powerful than the V-12s of Mercedes and BMW. I rip apart every mustang and corvette that stops by me at a light. The transmission is amazing. It always shifts very smooth and right on time. I love the beautiful interior, it is much more luxurious than those of its competitors and even my Bently. It's also better looking than them too. You simply can't get any better than a Jaguar Super V8.
In its final year of production, the current-generation XJ receives two new packages. XJ8s have the option of the Sovereign Package, offered with an Alpine premium sound system and six-disc changer, heated front and rear seats, wood and leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, boxwood-inlaid walnut trim, chrome grille and splitter, chrome mirror caps and door handles and special wheels. Meanwhile the XJR can be optioned with the R1 Performance Package, which includes Brembo brakes and 18-inch modular wheels.