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2007 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 400 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Jaguar XJ-Series

  • Stately, elegant and maybe a little stuffy, the 2007 Jaguar XJ-Series of sedans are everything a modern and proper English motorcar should be. Progressive in their all-aluminum structure but traditional in appointments and finish, the XJ and XJR drive with appropriate dignity and real sporting spirit.

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  • Pros

    Well-controlled and supple ride, gorgeous interior, more performance than you might expect.

  • Cons

    Many interior controls are counterintuitive and/or indecipherable, seats are awkwardly shaped for some bodies, the transmission can be clumsy to operate.

  • What's New for 2007

    Entering its fourth year of production, the current (seventh-generation) Jaguar XJ range of full-size luxury cars gets Bluetooth wireless technology as standard equipment, while the base XJ8, longer-wheelbase XJ8 L and supercharged XJR receive higher-quality leather upholstery.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

It's the experience

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

Found my low-miles little old man owned black-on-black beauty. Drives like a dream, powerful, luxurious interior and a classic shape that makes a subtle statement that doesn't have to compete with the new swoosh shaped mobiles. The luxury for value of this slightly older car is amazing. Better still is the technology and appointments found in this car. Folks are astounded when I tell them that my 300 ponies in this extravagant car gain me 28+mpg on the highway... No need for an Optima. Jag can, and do it like no other. I compared Mercedes S500 (2005) when shopping and while I admire that car, its low fuel economy, complexity and lack of comparable character swing towards the Jag.




Top notch

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

I have owned this one for 3 years; it is awesome! I also have an XKR and an XKE. The power is incredible; it exudes luxury, and the maintenance has been minimal.



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One of the best

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

The cost of repairs after warranty is a drawback. The ride, Luxury, and beauty can not be denied. The road noise on back country roads is a bit much for this class of vehicle. On a smooth highway you could not complain, for it is as quiet as can be. My friends love the comfort of the back seat. 1 repair to a stopped up drain hose for the sun roof which allowed water into the rear rh floor board and had to go through the boot (trunk) cost $875.00 dollars. I would still buy another easily.




Best of the breed

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

Jaguar got it right with this car, I have seven, including sports cars like Honda S2000 and Porsche Boxster, and American muscle car classic Impala SS -- the Jag does it all, quietly, composed, and quick. Can't imagine a more responsive and comfortable vehicle.




Xj offspring is wonderful!

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

My wife inherited a XJ12C that I eventually restored. I was aware of some of the older Jaguar "mythology". As I restored this vehicle, the craftsmanship and engineering made an impression on me; however, the design and styling were the best. After learning this older Jag, we could not stray too far from the classic style and comfort of Jaguar. The 2006 XJ L is a remarkable vehicle. We have experienced fuel economy greater than 25 mpg on the road, in some cases very close to 30 mpg. The nimble comfortable ride make this vehicle a treat to drive.




Performance

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Vehicle: 2006 Jaguar XJ-Series

The comfort and performance of our 06 Jag XJL is well beyond everything we expected. I have owned a Mercedes SL and this Jag responds much better in any type of driving. I do not understand the low rating on MPG as after almost two years, I get at least 20 MPG around town and no less than 30 on the highway at 75+ MPH. More if I keep it under 70.



Full 2007 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

What's New for 2007

Entering its fourth year of production, the current (seventh-generation) Jaguar XJ range of full-size luxury cars gets Bluetooth wireless technology as standard equipment, while the base XJ8, longer-wheelbase XJ8 L and supercharged XJR receive higher-quality leather upholstery.

Introduction

Jaguar's large flagship four-door sedan, the elegant 2007 XJ, is also its most technologically advanced. A lightweight monocoque structure made up of bonded and riveted aluminum elements underpins an exterior design that appears almost unchanged from the previous six generations of XJs.

Still, buyers don't choose a Jag because of the technology involved. The XJ has all the sensuous wood, leather and chrome expected of this storied British marque, combined with sophisticated road manners, surprisingly nimble handling and excellent performance from the 4.2-liter DOHC 32-valve Jaguar V8 -- in either naturally aspirated or supercharged form. Beyond that, this seventh-generation XJ (introduced as a 2004 model) is the roomiest XJ yet in both short- and long-wheelbase models.

However it's still a rather idiosyncratic machine. The ventilation controls would baffle a cryptologist, the "J-Gate" shifter topping the six-speed automatic transmission operates with scattershot imprecision and other controls seem to be designed with frustration in mind. Happily, the XJ isn't hobbled by sharing components with lesser machinery from parent Ford's catalog, but if what you want is a thoroughly rational car, buy German or Japanese. This car is, quite defiantly, not an Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus or Mercedes.

Interestingly, the most controversial element of the 2007 Jaguar XJ is how conservatively it's styled. The XJ styling idiom -- four more-or-less circular headlamps bracketing a rectangular grille up front, an arched roof line and drop-away tail -- was set way back with the first XJ6 in 1969 and since then it was assumed that that styling was "timeless." Apparently, though, that assumption was wrong and many are clamoring for a more contemporary styling to reflect the XJ's leading-edge construction. That fresh styling is likely to come with the next XJ.

So if this how you think a Jag sedan should look, get your XJ soon.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Jaguar XJ series comes as five separate models: base XJ8, XJ8 L with an extended wheelbase, supercharged and performance-oriented XJR, hyper-luxurious Vanden Plas and ludicrously luxurious and supercharged Super V8. The XJ and XJ8 L come with 18-inch wheels, a Computer Active Technology (CATS) active damping suspension, xenon headlamps, rear park control, Bluetooth wireless ability, a moonroof, power-adjustable pedals, power everything else and, of course, plenty of burl walnut trim.

For the Vanden Plas, Jaguar adds front park control, a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, a navigation system, lambswool foot-well rugs, fold-down picnic trays for the rear seat passengers, an electric rear sunblind, power-folding exterior mirrors and a premium audio system. The high-performance XJR is based on the short-wheelbase body and gets 19-inch wheels, high-performance tires, an "R Performance" brake system, front park control, radar-adaptive cruise control, a sport-tuned suspension and expected luxuries like the navigation system, more powerful stereo and power-folding side mirrors.

Finally, at the tippy top of the Jaguar line, is the Super V8 that marries the XJR's blown engine with the long-wheelbase body and wears 19-inch wheels. Of course it gets the "R Performance" brakes and the front park control radar-adaptive cruise control, and everything else an XJR has. But it also has the Vanden Plas' fold-down picnic tables, a rear DVD multimedia entertainment system with twin display screens, and a four-zone climate control system.

That four-zone climate control system is an option on the Vanden Plas and XJR and so is the DVD multimedia entertainment system. Twenty-inch wheels are available for the XJR and Super V8, and much of what is standard on the Vanden Plas is optional on the XJ8 and XJ8 L. If that's all not enough, Sirius satellite radio is an option across the board.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2007 Jaguar XJ-Series sedans are rear-wheel drive and powered by Jaguar's 4.2-liter V8. The XJ8, XJ8 L and Vanden Plas use a naturally aspirated version rated at 300 horsepower while the XJR and Super V8 add a Roots-style supercharger to swell total output to 400 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all XJ models. Edmunds.com's test of the mechanically identical 2005 Super V8 had it accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds.

Safety

Jaguar's "Adaptive Restraint Technology System" monitors the positions of both the driver and front passenger instead of merely their weight when deciding how and when to deploy the front, side and side curtain airbags. Antilock brakes and stability control are also standard.

Interior Design and Special Features

Every 2007 XJ-series sedan interior is finished in wood veneers, luscious leather and absolutely tasteful chrome accents. Where other luxury cars try to impress with overwhelming technology, the XJ has the feeling of a British manor's study — it lacks only bookshelves and brandy snifters. Still the XJ's interiors could be better; many drivers find the seats unaccommodating, some of the switchgear has a tactile cheapness to its operation and there's nothing intuitive about their operation.

Driving Impressions

Operating in virtual silence, with a suspension system tuned more for grace and dignity than corner-carving, the 2007 Jaguar XJ-Series sedans have a personality unique among high-end luxury cars. But with their lightweight construction and the surprisingly eager V8 aboard, they're also surprisingly rambunctious when given some spur. If you want a Jaguar, there really aren't any substitutes.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
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  • 22
  • highway
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