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2009 Jaguar XJ Series

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2009 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 2009 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 still 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 New for 2009

For 2009, Jaguar has created a limited production (only 140 cars in the U.S.) Super V8 Portfolio featuring 20-inch wheels, unique black or gold paint and the highest level of standard equipment ever offered in a XJ. Changes to the base XJ8 and XJ8 L include the addition of DVD-based navigation, Alpine Premium audio, Front Park Control and a stitched and tailored dash top.

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, Portfolio 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. Statement-making 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels look smart, and the XJR and Super V8 get even more aggressive 20-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.

2009 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 generation 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 LCD navigation screen as well as functions for the climate control and audio systems. XJR models offer a set of advanced sport seats and a Satin American Walnut trim option replacing the traditional Burl Walnut.

Exterior

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. Sadly, the hood-mounted Jaguar emblem, affectionately known as the "leaper, has been rendered extinct.

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, Front Park Control, DVD navigation, 320-watt Alpine Premium audio with AM/FM/CD stereo with CD, side-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, stability control, traction control, xenon headlamps and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Vanden Plas has a longer wheelbase and adds climate controlled front seats and rear picnic tray tables. The XJR and Super V8 receive a supercharged V8 engine, Brembo disc brakes and 20-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 a Warm Climate Package that adds four-zone air conditioning and manual rear side sunblinds, and the Multimedia Package that adds dual rear monitors, DVD player and rear armrest controls. Stand alone options include SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, 19-inch custom alloy wheels and special order paint and interior trim.

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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2009 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 27 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

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."

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."

Finest car I have ever owned - incl a few Vettes

By on Friday, July 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very luxurious"

Cons: "Burns premium gas"

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

"Bought it to be kind to my body after many years getting into and out of Corvettes. The car spoiled me. Many creature comforts. Jag did not cut any corners when they designed it. Quiet, comfy, very fuel efficient (33+ on the road.) I arrive at my destination ready to go! I have kept records of all mileage and repairs."

Had many high end vehicles. This is the best.

By on Monday, June 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Repair parts are pricey compared to domestic brand"

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

"I typically get another car every 3-4 years. I've had this car for 8 years and continue to enjoy it like when first purchased. It looks and drives just like new."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

It has been a good car.

By on Sunday, May 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice ride"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car was built during ford ownership. The car was under warranty when the throttle body needed replacement, but Jag did it at no cost. I drive 70 miles daily because of job-highway miles. I bought the car with 34K miles and it currently has 137K miles. During this over 100K miles, I have had to replace the cooling recovery tank and water pump. I put brakes and plugs in it at about 90K. I have bought about 6 tires and change the oil myself about every 5k. It would put all this at about 4K-not bad for 100k of usage."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

It was great as long as the mileage was low

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: it was falling apart

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great handling, luxurious"

Cons: "expensive repairs, unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"As soon as the mileage rose above 50,000, expensive repairs ensued. The luxury was not worth the repair bills."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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