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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.
Favorite Features

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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 18 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

I am a "car nut" and have owned many brands

By on Monday, February 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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

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

"I have owned most major brands, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Porsche, Volvo, Corvette, Cadillac, Lincoln and others. This jaguar has so impressed me that I now own three of them. I own an XK8 convertible and an S Type sedan. This XJ8L is still my favorite. It handles well, looks good, is very comfortable and has been reliable and easy to maintain. I highly recommend them."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Car - Incredible Ride

By on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Incredible ride."

Cons: "Does not hold value...."

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

"I love my Jag. The ride is out of this world incredible. Lots of power...Very quick but smooth. Very Reliable. 2004 xj8 and have had no problems. It is a head turner and fun to drive."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Sunday, November 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,626

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 Price Great driving it"

Cons: "No Compatibility with the iPhone"

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

"No major problem with it. Just the normal Schedule Maintenance. Great ride. Good Looking car. Every body has nothing but complements for the car."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Spectacular !

By on Friday, September 27, 2013

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

Pros: "classic looks... incredible power"

Cons: "Maintenance expenses are not for cheapskates"

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

"While stationed at the USN submarine base aboard an operating submarine in New London Conn back in the late 60s , I bought a 1954 Jaguar XK120 from a shipmate who had just gotten married and needed money. I immediately fell in love with this now legendary car......the unmistakeable sound of its engine and exhaust....the uniqueness which is what Jaguars are all about. A few months back I had the good fortune to acquire a 2003 XJR super sedan. Wow ! in Anthracite with black leather interior in near mint condition with only 38000 miles on it ! I was astonished as to what a technological marvel had evolved from the "primitive" XK120. What I love most is that this car looks like a an older "rich guy's" elegant classic body style sedan. Don't be fooled . This car is an absolute monster when the supercharger cuts in and flogs 375 horsepower with incredible torque out of a relatively small 4 Liter block. Now I know what it must feel like to be a rhesus monkey on a rocket sled. My god this car is fast !Shockingly fast ! One must remember though, that much like a luxury boat , maintenance is expensive.I'm a "motor head" and a reasonably good mechanic. I bought the full service manual on line and quickly realized how much there is out of the scope of amateur mechanics abilities with unique and special test equipment required along with complex maintenance procedures . Don't even think, for example, of having its Mercede Benz transmission worked on at AMMCO . This is a "trophy car"for me that will never see bad weather that I plan to have for a long time. I give it all 10s because that's what it is in my opinion. Give yourself a treat and buy one"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Reliable luxury vehicle that actully turns heads

By on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value if you buy used."

Cons: "limited gadgets."

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

"I have owned it since last 18 months and have driven it around 11000 miles without any issues. It takes premium gas but returns really good fuel economy 18/26 city/highway. Has good looks in and out, impressive interior that makes you feel special. It does not have bells and whitsles those you will find on a Merc or BMW with same price range vehicles. Like my car does not have front parking sensors, no bluetooth connectivity.... strange."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The most comfortable car I have ever owned.

By on Friday, August 09, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Worth every penny it cost."

Cons: "None."

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

"I bought the car a year ago from a Jaguar entusiast who had tended to every little mechanical and cosmetic issue, and rigorously maintained it. I have carried on with the policy of frequent oil changes, regular service, and keeping it meticulously clean outside and inside. I continue to marvel at the silent, silky ride, plenty of power, and plethora of features which make the occupants as comfortable as is possible in any autombile. This car represents the best example of how to keep a Jaguar happy and hearty. (Treat it like you would a beautiful woman and it will reward you with all your heart's desires.)"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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