2018 Jaguar XJ Review
Which XJ does Edmunds recommend?
As much as we like Jaguar's supercharged V8 engines, they're a bit thirsty and more powerful than we'd need for daily purposes. We like the XJL Portfolio model that comes equipped with a more efficient but still punchy supercharged V6 engine, quilted leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, massaging front seats, and heated and ventilated seats for all four passengers. Long-wheelbase XJs such as this benefit from 5 extra inches of rear legroom with little, if any, penalty to driving enjoyment.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Strong lineup of supercharged V6 and V8 engines
- Lively handling and responsive steering
- Available with AWD 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
- Touchscreen infotainment interface lags many in the segment
- Trunk is somewhat shallow and small for the class
- Rear seats do not fold down to accommodate long cargo
|Overall||7.3 / 10|
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.
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.
Rated from the back seat alone, the XJL's 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.
There's good small-item storage front and rear thanks to the center armrest bins and a large glovebox. But the XJ's shallow trunk is slightly smaller than those of most competitors.
Jaguar's technological strengths rest on its generous and well-sorted active safety aids, but it falls short of the competition with an average nav system and smartphone integration that can't match Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The response and graphics of the InControl Touch system are improved.
Most helpful consumer reviews
XJL Supercharged 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Most impressive is the London Tan Interior, the finest interior I've ever owned. Its their top option and worth it. Suede headliner matters a lot to me, and Jag has it. Powerplant is robust and quick, but rides like true luxury car. This is bang for the buck. We looked at everything. There are great cars out there, some maybe better or not as good looking at all the things there are to review; overall, this one is home run. Worth a test drive before your next purchase, which is what we did over several weekends. Have one at the house, and a 2014 used model with all the options at the coast house. That 2014 was a real bargain. If you're shopping to save money, definitely check out the low mileage inventory two or three model years old. Not too many differences, but as you know, from showroom new to a couple of years old one takes a hit. So you could buy and get the same quality just a couple of model years old and save a bunch. Recommend the sports options and interior max'd out. It is a Bentley quality interior, the factory intends it that way, and I'm glad to see the new money behind Jag taking the high road. There just aren't that many luxury sedans left to choose from, but this XJL really does the job for us.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the XJ models:
- 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 detects 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.