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2007 Jaguar XJ Series

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2007 Jaguar XJ Series Review

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Jaguar's largest and most luxurious sedan, the XJ, is a rolling showcase touting the company's latest achievements in engineering, technology and luxury. Wrapped in a lightweight all-aluminum body, the XJ is surprisingly agile for its size, yet remarkably solid. Offered in a variety of trims, including two stretched wheelbase versions and the legendary performance cat, the XJR, the XJ is without question the finest Jaguar product to date. Faced with radically new designs emerging from Audi, BMW and Lexus, Jaguar's strategy to stick with its traditional styling may not have been a wise decision. Jaguar sales are not as robust as hoped, meaning it may be possible to wrangle a good deal on a new XJ.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a premium luxury sedan that embraces more traditional styling, has a large interior and doesn't guzzle fuel on the highway, the XJ should be at the top of your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're a Jaguar purist, you may not appreciate the XJ's tall profile. Those who require all-wheel drive will have to investigate the Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Those who don't enjoy tossing money out the window will not appreciate the XJ's low resale value, which falls far short of rivals from BMW, Audi and Lexus.

What's New for 2007

For 2007, all models have heated 16-way power front seats and a heated rear seat, while the Vanden Plas, XJR and Super V8 receive Jaguar's Front Park Control.

Driving the XJ Series
Driving Impressions

Power for the normally-aspirated XJ8, XJ8L and Vanden Plas models comes from a refined 4.2-liter V8 of 300 horsepower, while the XJR and Super V8 receive an additional 100 horsepower...

... in the form of a supercharged V8 engine. The XJ rides on a remarkably capable chassis, highlighted by an adaptive rear air suspension that keeps it planted in a way the old model never could. The system is solid, secure and serene, with great higher-speed control and an appropriately smooth ride that's completely in character with this car's image.

All-new 18-inch alloy wheels look smart and contribute to enhanced handling capabilities, and the XJR and Super V8 get even more aggressive 19-inch wheels and tires that further upgrade ultimate handling but also somewhat diminish the luxurious, soft ride of the base XJ.

DVD Monitors
The Vanden Plas, XJR and Super V8 offer twin rear-seat DVD monitors built into the backs of the front-seat headrests.

Power Rear Seat
The Super V8's power rear seat adjusts for the ultimate in chauffeured luxury.

2007 Jaguar XJ Series Details
Interior

The XJ's wide front seats provide excellent lower thigh and back support, and include a four-way power lumbar support. In the rear, you'll find a vastly larger passenger space than in previous XJs, with ample head and legroom for six-footers. The handsome dash incorporates three circular gauges surrounded by an expansive use of burl wood trim. We found the dash-mounted ignition slot is placed fairly low, allowing dangling keys to brush annoyingly atop the driver's right leg. The wide center stack plays host to the optional LCD navigation screen as well as functions for the climate control and audio systems. XJR models offer a set of advanced sport seats in black and red leather and feature dark gray wood in place of the traditional burl.

Exterior
2007 Jaguar XJ Series photo

If you place this generation XJ next to any previous XJ sedan, the differences immediately become apparent. Gone are the low roof and side sills, top-loading fuel fillers and narrow midsection. The current XJ shuns all of these traits in favor of a much taller design that vastly increases interior volume in all directions, most noticeably in the area of rear-seat headroom. The design also gives the XJ one of the largest trunks ever offered on any Jaguar model. The XJ retains such signature styling cues as the curvaceous hood, four round headlamps, tapered rear end and the hood-mounted Jaguar emblem, affectionately known as the "leaper."

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The XJ8 features a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, automatic headlamp control, memory feature for the driver's seat, adjustable pedals and steering column, power glass moonroof, Park Distance Control, AM/FM stereo with CD, side-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, stability control, traction control, xenon headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Vanden Plas has a longer wheelbase, burl wood rear tables and Alpine sound system. The XJR and Super V8 receive a supercharged V8 engine, Brembo disc brakes and 19-inch Z-rated tires, and the Super V8 adds a power-adjustable rear bench seat and twin rear DVD entertainment screens; the twin DVD screens are optionally available on the Vanden Plas and XJR.

Optional Equipment

Options include DVD navigation, Alpine audio, heated steering wheel and four-zone air conditioning. There are a variety of individual options, and three option packages: A Multimedia Package, a Premium Sound Package and a Warm Climate Package.

Under the Hood

The XJ8 is more a stately sedan than a speedster, and most owners will find the standard 4.2-liter V8 more than sufficient for their needs. This engine is smooth and powerful, with just the right mix of growl at the tailpipe to let others know what's under the hood. The six-speed ZF transmission is a brilliant piece of work that helps the big Jaguar achieve fuel economy ratings comparable to a V6-powered sedan. Buyers who opt for the XJR or Super V8 receive a supercharged version of the engine. Rated at 400 horsepower, it delivers acceleration and performance completely in keeping with the expectations for a world-class high-performance sedan.

4.2-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

4.2-liter V8 Supercharged
400 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
413 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2007 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Excellent reliable car

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price for depreciation. Hold value, Powerful"

Cons: "Gas petal position not great for me, long legs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased my Jag Van D three year ago. It has been totally reliable. Had to replace driver's side strut but otherwise no mechanical or essential electrical problems. I say essential because my multi-changer CD player jams but the car also has a single disk player. DVD unit has failed but I can connect my portable unit and it work fines. It has a smooth comfortable ride. Never road weary after 8 hour drive. Hwy miles good for a powerful V-8 25+ mpg and cruise control."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A dream to drive!

By on Friday, February 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "So much fun to drive!"

Cons: "Can't think of any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've never had a car that has so many great features. I love the backup sensors, the integrated phone and navigation systems, heated seats and steering wheel, and overall comfort. It is like nothing else. It handles very well and accelerates fast (almost TOO fast!). I don't know whether I'll ever be able to afford another one, so I'll be very sad someday when I have to say goodbye to this car."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

One of a Kind

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, very comfortable, stylish"

Cons: "expensive to fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car after finding it online for sale at a dealership in NC in December 2012. I was 19 at the time. I had saved-up, had a perfect driving record, had a passion for large plush-riding cars, and wanted to get something nice. I paid cash in-part and received financing from my bank in-part while still getting it at a year-end deal (a very good deal). So, let me give the bad news first: in the past 3 years, I've had the front air suspension fail, the rear control arms became worn beyond acceptable VA inspection, and the alternator failed. The first two problems mentioned were very expensive, and, very thankfully, my parents and grandparents helped me with the repair. The air suspension was $1,100 and the control arms were $1,400. When the alternator came due, I bought one from a junkyard for $45 on eBay and paid a local shop to install it, coming to $250. With that said, I was lucky, but this is not a car for someone my age, as much as I loved and continue to love it. The good: I bought it with 68,000 miles in 12/12, now it has almost 150k as of 12/15. I've driven it a lot, I graduated college (bought it when I was a sophomore), and am now a law student in SC. I have driven it back and forth from SC to VA several times now at highway speeds with no problems (knock on the real wood trim inside the cabin). The problems I had occurred within the early time of my ownership, but I have enjoyed it for well over a year and a half with absolutely no issues. At almost 150k, she rolls down the road at 75mph like you're driving on raw dough. It's not a bouncing/wavy Lincoln or Cadillac, it handles dibs and bumps with ease. Oh, and even with me being 22 years old, insurance (if you have a flawless record) is quite reasonable, though it has a V8, it's a large sedan. The nav system has (not the screen and all its functions) has since failed, but who uses the car system with phones nowadays anyway. I was so excited about the duel DVD system on the rear headrests, but in these 3 years, they've probably been used 3 times (still work though). In fact, the car has every option offered except for the adaptive cruise control. It was quite the car for a college student (that I bought myself), and still is in early law school. In college, my friends named it "Sophia," after the grandmother from The Golden Girls (long story). Anyway, it's a car that I have many memories with and enjoy it everyday; on the bad, it's a gas guzzler and it can be pricey to fix. It's all about what your priorities are. If you want a stylish car that'll make you smile (apx) 363 days out of the year, this is the car for you."

14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Has been my dream car!

By on Monday, December 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "My second XJ8, so obviously I have loved the Jag."

Cons: "Too low to ground. Grunt!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved driving this car for the past 5 years. It is a real beauty -- classic Jaguar style in British Racing Green. I still get stopped by people commenting on its beauty. It responds wonderfully -- power when you need it with flawless shifting of gears. Very comfortable ride. Handles incredibly well. What's not to love? It sits too low for a senior citizen like me . Entering -- and especially exiting -- is difficult. And on a highway surrounded by trucks and SUVs, it's difficult to see where you are going. So, unfortunately I'm bidding farewell for an SUV that I hope will be easier to get into and out of and give me better visibility. But I have loved, loved, loved this car!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

RUN! DONT BUY IT

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Drives nice when it works"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this 2004 XJR on Nov 2014. It drove fine for about 3 months and ever since then I had nightmare problems with the suspension and all kind of lights going on. I put over $2K on it in the last year and had it at the Mechanic's garage for over 3 months. DONT BUY IT!"

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I love this car

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handles well, very fast for a big sedan"

Cons: "Interior some typical Jag quirks, nothing major"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the best car I've ever owned. I have 95,000 miles on it and still enjoy driving it every day."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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