2019 Jaguar XJ

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What’s new

  • Introduction of XJ50 Special Edition to coincide with the XJ model's 50th anniversary
  • Automatic emergency braking feature is now standard on rear-wheel-drive models
  • Refreshed Touch Pro infotainment graphics and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Voice command system now supports navigation input
  • Part of the fourth XJ generation introduced for 2011

Pros & Cons

  • Strong lineup of supercharged V6 and V8 engines
  • Lively handling and responsive steering
  • Available with all-wheel drive and in short- and long-wheelbase configurations
  • Body lines are more seductive than many in the segment
  • Front-seat room is a bit tighter than the competition's
  • Missing some of the latest top-line safety and technology features
  • Trunk is somewhat shallow and small for the class
  • Rear seats do not fold down to accommodate long cargo
MSRP Starting at
$75,400

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Which XJ does Edmunds recommend?

While we love the idea of Jaguar's supercharged V8, the available supercharged V6 is certainly adequate. Plus, it better matches the cruising lifestyle of the long-wheelbase body that we prefer. That's why our sweet spot lies in the XJL Portfolio. Its long-wheelbase body houses quilted leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, massaging front seats, and seat heating and ventilation for all four passengers.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.3 / 10

Most large luxury sedans prioritize comfort and smoothness over nimble handling. The 2019 Jaguar XJ is different. It's still luxurious, with a well-appointed interior and many of the high-end features that are expected from this category. But its all-aluminum construction, adaptive suspension and powerful engine options ensure occupants know that Jaguar's priorities also include engaging performance.

Also, Jaguar is one of the few manufacturers to still offer standard and long-wheelbase bodies, as well as rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrains for many of their trims. For example, the XJ R-Sport is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive with the standard body, while the XJL Portfolio and XJ50 are two long-wheelbase models that are also available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The long-wheelbase models get about 5 more inches of length between the front and rear wheels, which translates into more interior room, especially for backseat passengers.

The XJ, however, comes with some minor downsides. While Jaguar has steadily improved the usability and capability of the infotainment system, it's still behind what the competition is putting out. Nor does the XJ have some of the latest safety and technology features found on the recently redesigned German flagship sedans. Even so, we think the XJ stands as a stylish and desirable pick.

Jaguar XJ models

The 2019 Jaguar XJ is a sporty full-size luxury sedan that seats up to five and is available in regular XJ and long-wheelbase XJL models. Trims consist of the R-Sport and the Supercharged for XJ cars and the Portfolio, Supercharged, XJR575, and the new XJ50 3.0 and XJ50 5.0 for the XJL.

All versions have supercharged engines and eight-speed automatic transmissions and come standard with rear-wheel drive. The R-Sport, Portfolio and XJ50 3.0 share a 3.0-liter V6 (340 horsepower, 332 pound-feet) and can be equipped with all-wheel drive. The two Supercharged trims and XJ50 5.0 model come with a 5.0-liter V8 (470 hp, 424 lb-ft). The XJR575 gets a higher-output V8 (575 hp, 517 lb-ft).

It may be the base model, but the R-Sport comes very well-equipped with standard 19-inch wheels, an adaptive and self-leveling suspension, adjustable drive modes, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic wipers, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, power soft-close doors, keyless ignition and entry, and a power trunklid.

Safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and, for rear-wheel-drive XJs, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking.

Inside the R-Sport you'll find leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated seats, driver-seat memory settings, and a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel. A 10-inch touchscreen anchors the infotainment system featuring navigation, Bluetooth, voice controls, Jaguar's InControl app suite, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a satellite and HD radio, a CD player, digital music storage and a USB connection.

Options and packages available for the R-Sport include the Comfort package that adds upgraded front seats with massage functions, front passenger-seat memory settings, four-zone climate control, and a power rear sunshade. Other notable options are a surround-view camera, parking sensors, an automatic parking system (RWD models only), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, adaptive cruise control, an upgraded Meridian sound system, and a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel.

The Portfolio model is the equivalent base trim of the long-wheelbase XJL. In addition to the 4.8 inches of rear legroom gained, you'll get the features from the Comfort package as standard. The options list for the Portfolio is similar to the R-Sport, with the addition of a Premium Rear Seat package that includes reclining rear seats with footrests as well as massage and memory functions, extra-cushy winged headrests for all seats, power rear side-window sunscreens, fold-down tray tables, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The V8-powered Supercharged trim, again available in both the regular and long wheelbase, includes the Portfolio model's standard equipment, along with unique exterior trim, an active locking rear differential, tauter suspension tuning, and 20-inch wheels with performance tires. All of the R-Sport and Portfolio options are also available on the Supercharged model.

Topping the range is the fire-breathing XJR575 model and its high-output V8. If that isn't enough to get excited about, you also receive exclusive 20-inch wheels, XJR575-specific exterior and interior body details, a carbon-fiber engine cover, premium paint colors (an extra-cost option on lesser XJs), R-specific suspension tuning, an active exhaust system (varying the amount of exhaust noise), sport seats, aluminum paddle shifters, a heated steering wheel, a suede headliner, and unique carbon-fiber interior trim.

Finally, the new-for-2019 XJ50 is a special edition commemorating the Jaguar XJ's 50th anniversary. It features unique exterior and interior elements, such as special trim, colors and finishes, that distinguish it from the other XJ models.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD (supercharged 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current XJ has received some revisions, including an updated infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, voice command to the navigation, refreshed screen layout and graphics, and new safety features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's XJ, however.

Scorecard

Overall7.3 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort8.0
Interior7.0
Utility6.0

Driving

7.5
It's not top-of-the-class, but the Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD is thoroughly competent, and it has the driving characteristics of a much smaller car. If the 3.0-liter V6 doesn't light your fire, the XJL Supercharged V8 or the top-dog XJR provides much more power in similar packages.

Acceleration

8.0
The base engine, a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6, never feels sluggish, even with 4,400 pounds of Jaguar to lug around. It allows the XJ to execute passing maneuvers with ease and make a 0-60 mph sprint in only 5.4 seconds, a solid showing for any sedan.

Braking

6.5
The XJL's brake pedal doesn't provide the feel or feedback we'd expect of a dynamic luxury sedan. Despite this numbness, it delivered surprisingly good results in our simulated panic-stop test from 60 mph, with a distance of 111 feet, which is shorter than average for the segment.

Steering

7.0
The steering weight is surprisingly light for such a large luxury sedan. Those looking for firmer, European-style steering may find it too feathery.

Handling

7.5
Ample grip, all-wheel-drive traction and modest body roll deliver confident handling on twisty roads, which is likely beyond what most expect from a luxury sedan. That said, competitors in this space continue to push the envelope and offer a sharper response.

Drivability

8.0
Acceleration is always smooth and confident thanks to the tractable engine and the quiet decisiveness of the eight-speed transmission. The engine's auto stop-start transition isn't where it needs to be in terms of smoothness, but it can be disabled.

Comfort

8.0
Although others have surpassed it in this area, the XJL is still extremely comfortable. It comes with standard dual-pane side glass, four-zone climate control, soft-close doors, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and one of the quietest cabins around.

Seat comfort

8.0
The front seats offer good adjustability with four-way power lumbar and a massaging function, but they may be narrow for some frames. The rear seats gain 5 inches in legroom over the standard-wheelbase XJ. The optional premium rear seating adds niceties such as power reclining and electric sunshades.

Ride comfort

7.0
The standard adaptive, self-leveling suspension on the XJL is comfortable for the most part, but on poorly maintained roads it can feel busier than you'd expect. The Supercharged and XJR variants get a specially tuned, stiffer suspension, which will exacerbate the busy ride quality.

Noise & vibration

8.5
The XJL is exceptionally quiet at any speed with wind and road noise distant and dispersed. It, in fact, isolates you from the outside world so well that the sounds of the seat cooler fans are much more noticeable.

Climate control

8.5
The four-zone climate control means all the people on board can have it their way. All controls have physical buttons for easy, straightforward temperature and fan-speed adjustment, and all seats come with heating and cooling functions.

Interior

7.0
Rated from the XJL's back seat alone, the interior would be excellent, but ergonomic woes affect its score. The premium rear-seat package — which includes power seats, dual 10-inch screens, laptop tables, electric shades and winged headrests — adds considerable luxury points.

Ease of use

5.5
Despite recent updates, the infotainment touchscreen interface still falls behind some newer systems. The graphics are attractive, but functionality is average. Also, the many mirror-finish surfaces throw off glare when it's sunny out and can be distracting.

Getting in/getting out

9.0
The large soft-close doors require only a light touch, and access to all seats is excellent. The sloping roofline, often a problem with such highly styled sedans, may only be an issue for tall occupants. Keyless entry with push-button ignition is also standard.

Roominess

7.5
The XJ is large enough inside to qualify as a short limousine. There's ample room for rear passengers, but front occupants may feel a little cozy due to the high center console and the way the dash wraps around like a cockpit. There's plenty of headroom both front and rear for average-height adults.

Visibility

7.0
The forward view is especially good thanks to the slender front windshield pillars and the long sloping roof. There is a sizable rear three-quarter blind spot, but blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sonar are standard and alleviate this issue.

Quality

7.0
The paint and leather are excellent, but other aspects come up a little short. The interior appears impressive at first glance. But a closer inspection reveals seat cross-stitching that doesn't look as clean as it should, and the use of plastic parts is a little too liberal for a vehicle of this ilk.

Utility

6.0
There's good small-item storage front and rear thanks to the center armrest bins and large glovebox. But the XJ's shallow trunk is slightly smaller than those of most competitors.

Small-item storage

7.0
A large glovebox and medium-size center console bins front and rear provide decent storage options, though the door pockets are narrow and not made for water bottles. Both front and rear cupholders have an anti-tip design and a pass-through to accommodate cups with handles.

Cargo space

5.0
The XJ's long but shallow trunk has a total carrying capacity of 15.2 cubic feet, which puts it on the lower side of average for the class. The rear seats are fixed in place and don't fold to expand the trunk, which is common in this class of car.

Technology

Jaguar's technological strengths rest on its well-sorted active safety aids, but it falls short of the competition with an average nav and voice control system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available but not standard. The response and graphics of the InControl Touch system are improved for 2019.

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    5 out of 5 stars, Mary's XJR Sport
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    R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)

    I'm Mary's husband writing this review. We purchased the 2019 XJR Sport 17 days and 390 miles ago. It's new to us and is spectacular! Edmund's review is an accurate assessment. We like the lite steering feel, the brake pedal feels fine to me, the ZF 8 speed auto transmission is smooth as silk and does it's job seamlessly as does the supercharged 3.0 V6 engine. The V6 is extreamily satisfactory for this lux car. (I have a 2014 Corvette for comparison.) Our XJ has AWD. I have a car lift in my garage so I checked out the underside of the car after removing the under engine plastic cover and the car is extreamily well built. (I'm a retired mechanical engineer and was a auto tech way back in the 1950s, I'm 81 yrs young) The paint, body fit & finish as well as the enterior are all excellent! The handling on our Seirra Nevada foothill mountain roads is excellent! With Firenze red paint & 20" split-spoke wheels, the car gets a lot of notice. We traded in a 2004 XJ8 that we owned for nearly 12 years. It was our first Jaguar and was an excellent car. My wife and I have had 49 cars in our 63 years of marital bliss so, we are pretty good judges of what makes a good car. Check back with me about 50,000 miles from now. I expect to report that this 2019 XJ is as good as the '04 was.

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    Features & Specs

    XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan features & specs
    XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan
    3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A
    MSRP$84,500
    MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower340 hp @ 6500 rpm
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    XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan AWD
    3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A
    MSRP$87,400
    MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower340 hp @ 6500 rpm
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    XJ50 4dr Sedan features & specs
    XJ50 4dr Sedan
    5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A
    MSRP$99,300
    MPG 15 city / 23 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower470 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan features & specs
    XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan
    5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A
    MSRP$96,300
    MPG 15 city / 23 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower470 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite XJ safety features:

    Driver Condition Monitor
    Monitors driving inputs to detect driver fatigue and uses audible and visual alerts to tell the driver to take a break from the road.
    Forward Traffic Detection
    Uses cameras to detect and warn of approaching front cross traffic when your view is obstructed.
    Surround Camera System
    Displays images on the central touchscreen from four cameras positioned around the car, creating a 360-degree view.

    Jaguar XJ vs. the competition

    Jaguar XJ vs. Jaguar XE

    The XE is Jaguar's smallest sedan and, as you'd expect, has a smaller rear seat and cargo area than the XJ. City drivers will appreciate its smaller footprint and excellent fuel economy, but we're underwhelmed with its interior quality. The XJ is more suitable for the open road and is certainly more prestigious to own.

    Compare Jaguar XJ & Jaguar XE features

    Jaguar XJ vs. Jaguar XF

    With a roomy interior and good handling traits, there's a lot to like about the XF. Most people will find it comfortable, and its large trunk is perfect for road trips. The XJ ups most of these traits considerably, with more length, luxury amenities and comfort. It does fall behind the XF in trunk space and handling capability, however.

    Compare Jaguar XJ & Jaguar XF features

    Jaguar XJ vs. BMW 5 Series

    Both models are available in all-wheel- or rear-wheel-drive configurations with six-cylinder or V8 engines. BMW also offers a 5 Series hybrid. Dynamically, the 5 Series is a more willing and enjoyable car when going around turns. However, it can't beat the XJ for a road-going presence or rear seat room. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the BMW 5 Series.

    Compare Jaguar XJ & BMW 5 Series features

    FAQ

    Is the Jaguar XJ a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 XJ both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.3 out of 10. You probably care about Jaguar XJ fuel economy, so it's important to know that the XJ gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the XJ has 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Jaguar XJ. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Jaguar XJ?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Jaguar XJ:

    • Introduction of XJ50 Special Edition to coincide with the XJ model's 50th anniversary
    • Automatic emergency braking feature is now standard on rear-wheel-drive models
    • Refreshed Touch Pro infotainment graphics and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • Voice command system now supports navigation input
    • Part of the fourth XJ generation introduced for 2011
    Learn more
    Is the Jaguar XJ reliable?
    To determine whether the Jaguar XJ is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the XJ. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the XJ's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Jaguar XJ a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Jaguar XJ is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 XJ and gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 XJ is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Jaguar XJ?

    The least-expensive 2019 Jaguar XJ is the 2019 Jaguar XJ R-Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $75,400.

    Other versions include:

    • XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $84,500
    • XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $87,400
    • XJ50 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $99,300
    • XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $96,300
    • XJ50 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $87,500
    • XJ Collection 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $85,000
    • XJ50 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $90,400
    • XJR575 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $122,400
    • Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $93,000
    • R-Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $75,400
    • R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) which starts at $78,300
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    What are the different models of Jaguar XJ?
    If you're interested in the Jaguar XJ, the next question is, which XJ model is right for you? XJ variants include XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJ50 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), and XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A). For a full list of XJ models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Jaguar XJ

    2019 Jaguar XJ Overview

    The 2019 Jaguar XJ is offered in the following submodels: XJ XJR575, XJ Sedan. Available styles include XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJL Portfolio 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJ50 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), XJ50 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJ Collection 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), XJ50 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), XJR575 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A), R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), and R-Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Jaguar XJ?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Jaguar XJ and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 XJ 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 XJ.

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