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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series

Jaguar XJ-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 294 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series

  • An all-aluminum body and high-tech air suspension combined with classic Jaguar styling give the XJ a fighting chance against its German rivals.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Supple ride quality, powerful V8 engines, roomy interior, more athletic than you might think.

  • Cons

    Fussy interior controls, clumsy transmission shifter, CD changer is still in the trunk.

  • What's New for 2005

    Long-wheelbase models are added to the lineup in standard, Vanden Plas and Super V8 trim.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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2 of 8 people found this review helpful

I love my jag

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I have been an owner of Audi A8 and Merc CLS AMG. And I must say they both do their thing very well - separately. My AMG is wickedly fast, the A8 comfortable. But my Jag is the only car so far that does all these things well - in one handsome package. The surprise bonus is the economy; it runs more frugally than my previous A6! The aluminum frame is light and nimble, making this a fun car to drive actually. Its handling is not far off than the AMG, yet it's backseats are much more spacious. Awesome!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

Vanden plas rah rah

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

The 2005 Vanden Plas XJ8 is the autobahn beater that should be considered by anyone looking to combine luxury with size and power. Jaguar's flagship matches up with the S-Class and the 700 Series very well. Less weight (aluminum) equals speed and agility you would not expect from such a large auto. The additional costs for he German cars can only leave you wondering why would you spend more to get less? Compare the three. The car will sell itself. Tally Ho

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The un-m5

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJR 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Looking for a fast, comfortable, and unique car is difficult in today's car market. When you nail the throttle and the supercharger responds with rrrrooowwwooowwh! All you need to do is lay into the accelerator, invoke its supercharged 4220-cc V-8's 390 bhp and 399 lb.-ft. of torque — and hold on! The suspension is not 'Track Day Lotus' but it's also not Brougham DeVille. Jaguar was able to find a happy medium between the two. As far as the interior goes, you always feel like first class British Airways in the front or the rear seats. Set the desired gap and speed on this radar-based system, Jaguar's ACC adjusts itself to maintain a safe combination of both. All in all a fantastic car!


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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

This is my second XJ8L and the body design is a blend of the lower height 2003 and front grill of the X-Type. I'm a fan of the performance. The car is very quiet and on two extended trips of 2,000+ miles I averaged 29 and 28.5 mpg respectively. Portions of the trip exceeded 30 mpg at 65 mph. The driver seats are amazingly comfortable with excellent lumbar support. As a musician, the Alpine stereo system delivers a very rich and neutral sound across the EQ spectrum, with the base being very natural, not boomy.

Dream comes true

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

The XJ was always a car I dreamed of owning, fell in love with the wooden dash and steering wheel back in the day. I love that I have this car but it scares me. I read lots of reviews before purchasing and felt confident in purchasing the '05 XJ8L. We started hearing a creaking noise overhead; it is now in the shop having the alumunium panels reglued, how scary is that. I have been reassured that this is minor but it sounds serious. Still in love and missing my car!

If you like jags

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series Super V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Folks I am 6'2 220lbs, if you have my dimensions don't buy - you will always be uncomfortable in the bucket seats. The car has a very attractive exterior, and the engine will blow anything away in its class, but lets face it folks this is a super ford, and everyone knows it. Remember folks if you drive, and spend time in the car, prepare to hire a massage therapist for your back and thighs. I can't wait to sell the damn car. Just my thoughts.

Full 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

What's New for 2005

Long-wheelbase models are added to the lineup in standard, Vanden Plas and Super V8 trim.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 25
  • highway
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