2011 Jaguar XJ Consumer Review: Big Cat

2011 Jaguar XJ - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

29 Total Reviews

XJL Sedan (5.0L V8 6-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Big Cat
By ljosephus on


2011 Jaguar XJ XJL 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 6A)


We only have 3,000 miles on our SJL but, so far, we are really pleased.
Performance is fine.
Rear seat legroom is exceptional.
With the exception of what appear to be overly wide gaps at fenders, hood, trunk lid, etc. the build quality seems excellent.
Just a few minor niggles:
The rear cup holders are positioned in a way that makes them virtually unusable.
The wood grain on the front doors does not match that across the dash (under the windshield), there is no dead pedal and the electronic responses (start-stop button, for example) is way too slow.
Ride is a little harsh.
Standard radio is great!
Both the transmission and engine are A-OK!
And the value, overall,
is outstanding.

Best Features

Great standard radio. Excellent acceleration. Huge rear seat legroom. Beautiful appearance of both the interior and exterior (with the exception of some overly wide gaps at the fenders, trunk lid, hood, etc.).

Worst Features

Reposition the rear seat cupholders. Speed-up the electronic controls (i.e. eliminate the long delays for the Start/Stop functions). Add a dead pedal. Eliminate the issue of the wood grain trim not matching (i.e. from the front doors to the dashboard portion under the windshield). Make the seat controls more intuitive. (i.e. Mercedes-Like with controls that mimic the shape of the seat back, seat cushion, headrest, etc. The Jag controls require "looking at" them to effect the desired positioning).
Recommend (9) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (1) Post a Comment
By Pavarotti
on 07/24/12 13:45 PM (PDT)

I own the older model X350 and am quite satisfied with its reliability and comfort, but I'm curious about the new XJ. Can you describe the "harsh ride" in more detail and what did you mean by "dead pedal"? Also- how do you feel about the size of the key fob?

Report it
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.