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2014 Jaguar XJ XJR LWB - Rating Details

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2014 Jaguar XJR LWB (5.0L V8 Supercharger 8-speed Automatic)

Driven On 9/10/2013

Ratings Summary

The Jaguar XJR stands as an ultra luxury sedan that's also unabashedly a serious sporting machine. With 550 supercharged horsepower and adaptive suspension, this all-aluminum four-door is among the world's best. Don't forget the distinctive British charm and gobs of rear leg room in this long-wheelbase model.
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Performance Now here's a rarity: A big boy with some seriously fine dance moves. Despite measuring 206.8 inches long, the XJR weighs just 4,351 pounds. So it feels a size or two smaller through turns yet is devastatingly fast in a straight line.
Acceleration
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A sedan the size of a limo that can claw its way to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Fantastic. The 5.0-liter V8 delivers 550 hp, mated to a slowish-shifting 8-speed automatic with paddles.
Braking
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Monster brakes and sticky tires helped the Jag stop from 60 mph in just 105 feet. The pedal travel was on the long side during twisty road running, and there was no touchiness around town.
Steering
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Perfectly intuitive, with a nice, natural effort. Crisp and precise. Turn-in is quick for such a large sedan, helps it feel smaller. This is why we love hydraulic assist power steering.
Handling
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More impressive than its on-track handling numbers is the way the XJR tackles twisty roads. You'll forget you're driving a huge ultra luxury sedan. Perfectly composed with plenty of grip.
Driveability
B
The XJR gets dinged a couple points here due to its stiff ride. Otherwise, the automatic transmission is smooth, the throttle is linear and the auto start/stop is relatively seamless.
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Comfort The well-bolstered sport seats aren't as cush as you'll find in, say, a BMW 760Li. And even with adjustable suspension, the ride is on the stiff side. The cabin is kept quiet, until you unleash the fury of the supercharged V8.
Seating Comfort
B
Soft leather and thick cushions, but these laterally-supportive sport seats still aren't exactly plush. Armrests are basically unpadded. The spacious rear seats are ultra-comfy though.
Ride Comfort
C
This is a taut, serious sport sedan. Still, the ride is never jiggly and there's enough damping to keep all but the harshest jolts out of the cabin. Far from plush, but far from objectionable.
Quietness
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Exceptionally quiet on the highway, with near-zero engine, exhaust or wind noise. The big performance tires only hum over the coarsest of pavement. At full throttle, the V8 sounds sensational.
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Interior A modern infotainment system with a large screen, classy styling and the smell of luxury everywhere. Although the XJR is a big car, its low-slung roofline means head room suffers a bit front and rear, while the trunk has some awkward protrusions.
Ergonomics
B
The 8-inch touch screen is easy to use, which is good because the minimal center stack means nearly everything has to be done through it. Love the huge, swiveling air vents.
Ingress/Egress
B
The large front doors open wide and the roof hardly hampers ingress. At the rear, though, the tapering roof forces you to duck getting in/out.
Space/Room
B
Both front and rear seats have somewhat limited head room, particularly the rears, though they have near-limitless knee/foot room. Plenty of front elbow room with a wide center armrest.
Visibility
B
Thick side roof pillars can make lane changes interesting, but the windshield pillars don't restrict the view on a curvy road. Rear window isn't tall, but it's wide. Backup camera comes standard.
Cargo/Storage
C
Door pockets are deep. No front bin, but decent center armrest storage and large glovebox. Cupholders have excellent anti-tip. Trunk opening is generous, but 15.2 cu-ft is small for class.
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Value Impeccable materials and build quality. Unlike German rivals, the XJR comes outfitted with just about everything standard instead of killing you with expensive options. Owners will appreciate the free maintenance.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Superb build quality, everything felt tight and solid. Expensive-feeling Alcantara headliner, beautiful leather and carbon-fiber trim. Controls felt terrific and zero squeaks or rattles.
Features(vs. $)
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The XJR LWB base price of $119,895 includes adaptive suspension, sunroof, 18-way power front seats, heated/cooled front/rear seats, an 825-watt stereo, blind-spot monitor and navigation.
Cost
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Carbon-fiber trim, power rear side shades, illuminated door sills/climate vents upped the as-tested price to $123,870. A lot of money, yes, but still cheaper than most of its competitors.
MPG
B
The EPA rating of 18 Combined mpg (15 City/23 Highway) is typical for this class of high-powered sport sedan. We averaged 16.7 mpg overall, including 21.6 mpg on our 116-mile Edmunds test loop.
Warranty
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The XJR comes with basic and drivetrain coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles, which mimics every competitor in this class.
Ownership
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Jag has upped the ante here with both roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance for 4 years/50,000 miles. But Jaguar doesn't have the best history for long-term quality.
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Fun To Drive Can you take an XJR on a race track? You bet. We did, and it was surprisingly capable. But it truly shines on a curvy road, with precise steering and agility and grip that are downright amazing for such a big sedan.
Driving Experience
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The XJR LWB is an ultimate luxury experience. The interior is fantastically styled, while the 550-hp supercharged V8 means there's always enough power. And plenty more where that came from.
Personality
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This is a dual-nature car. Put the suspension in the softer mode and the XJR is large, luxurious, classy. Floor the throttle and suddenly those fine British manners are forgotten.
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