By Craig Seifert on
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.
Loaded with class and comfort, ergonomics and function. This car is impeccably crafted.
They've done it all. The new models have all aluminum bodies and engine, lighter and more powerful. The new styling is a little too rounded. I prefer this model.