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2008 Jaguar XJ Series

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2008 Jaguar XJ Series Review

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Jaguar's rolling showcase and largest, most luxurious sedan, the XJ, touts the company's latest achievements in engineering, technology and luxury. Wrapped in a lightweight all-aluminum body, the 2008 Jaguar 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 prove problematic. With sales not as robust as Jaguar would like, 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. And its low resale value falls far short of rivals from BMW, Audi and Lexus.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Jaguar XJ receives a major makeover with new front and rear fascia treatments and front fender-mounted "power vents." Interior updates include new heated front seats and increased rear-seat legroom. HD Digital Radio is now available on factory-installed radios.

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; the XJ 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 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.

2008 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 and an American Black Walnut trim option replacing the traditional Burl Walnut.

Exterior
2008 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, heated front seats, memory feature for the driver's seat, adjustable pedals and steering column, power glass moonroof, Reverse Park 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 and an 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, Adaptive Cruise Control, air-cooled front seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, HD Radio, front-park sensor, 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 Navigation Package and a Warm Climate Package.

Under the Hood

More stately sedan than speedster, the XJ8 is powered by a standard 4.2-liter V8 that will be more than sufficient for most owners' needs. This smooth and powerful engine has 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: 16/25

4.2-liter V8 Supercharged
400 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
413 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2008 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 31 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

I LOVE my 2008 Jaguar Super V8

By on Saturday, December 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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: "Great Value"

Cons: "Didn't come with CD Changer or Chrome wheels."

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

"I have owned my Super V8 for about 5 years, and it is the best car I have ever owned. It has been very reliable, with only a couple of minor repairs needed (and they were covered by my Certified Pre-Owned Warranty). It accelerates like a rocket, (it's hard NOT to spin the tires), it handles corners well, and will hit 150 mph without breaking a sweat. Jag re-sale prices tend to be lower than other luxury brands, which is great if you are buying one."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best luxury value ever. Grace. Space. Pace."

Cons: "Service costs on par with other luxury brands."

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

"So, I just bought my second XJ8, a 2004 with 28,000 original miles (not bad for a 10 year old car). I had one previously that was a dream and just had to get my hands on another low miles beauty. Now, before you buy know that the car comes in basically four models, the XJ8, XJ8L, XJ8 Vanden Plas, and XJR (turbo). The XJ8L came out in 2005 and it along with the Vanden Plas is 5 inches longer. I own the 2004 XJ8 with the 200" length. Any basic XJ comes with so many convenience/luxury options it should please you to no end. If you want to upgrade you can get upgraded sound with CD stacker, heated seats, Xenon headlights, and 18 or 19 inch factory wheels. Oh, and they also made a DVD player with screens in the front seat headrests. Truthfully, ANY configuration will delight you. Check out service intervals to get an idea of maintenance costs...basically all you do is change the oil, etc. until around 100k miles when you're going to spend appx. $2000 at an independent repair shop for a big service job (much more at a Jaguar dealer!). So beware, 100,000 miles is a big deal for service expense. For economy you will get appx. 27 mpg in highway driving...I just drove a 1000 mile trip and mileage was 27.2 at 73 mph. Now here's a BIG important tip: When you buy one of these cars you should have the tranmission re-programmed so it will adjust to your driving style and preferences. It will cost about $300 to get this done but it's the best $300 you will spend to get full enjoyment from the car. Thing is, when you buy one used it's got the previous owner's settings and to compare it would be like buying an adult dog and having to retrain it to mind your commands. So go ahead and reprogram the transmission. All in all, you can buy a really nice used XJ8 for about 20% of what it cost new and they are such beautiful autos (Road and Track called it the most beautiful sedan in the world) that you will never tire of its looks and the compliments you WILL get almost every time you gas up or show up somewhere. These cars are at the bottom of their depreciation cycle and based on their reliability, looks, and performance they are probably the BEST value in a used luxury car anywhere on the planet. Be thankful you live in the good old USA and can afford to pamper yourself in the British luxury only Jaguar can offer. And one final thought...don't you think a snarling wild jungle cat on the hood is soooo much hotter than a peace sign? Hope this info helps..."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

A real cream puff

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

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

Cons: "none"

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

"Low miles - perfect condition - I have owned the car - vander plas - silver color - has protective paint shield on front and doors"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love It

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxury, fit, power, mpg"

Cons: "Front air struts can be an issue but . . ."

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

"Bought it w/ 144,000 on her and she still exudes class, style and luxury. Have taken her on the road several times in the 4 - 5 months since and its a very comfortable ride. It's my daily car and handles well in city driving. Gets better mpg than I expected for a 8 cylinder, especially w/ the power. . ."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

The best value of any 4 door sedan, period.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"2004 Jaguar XJ8, 4 door sedan. White exterior, cream colored leather interior with rich dark wood grain trim. A true status symbol of success. Always in-style, provides a smooth, luxurious ride. Meticulously cared for."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

The best value of any 4 door sedan, period.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"2004 Jaguar XJ8, 4 door sedan. White exterior, cream colored leather interior with rich dark wood grain trim. A true status symbol of success. Always in-style, provides a smooth, luxurious ride. Meticulously cared for."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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