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2012 Jaguar XJ Series

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2012 Jaguar XJ Series Review

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For the better part of a century, Jaguar products were about as recognizable as the McDonald's golden arches. Enter the 2012 Jaguar XJ, a wholly relevant full-size luxury sedan with modern amenities, impeccable craftsmanship and a sporty, contemporary design. No longer old-fashioned and eccentric, the 2012 XJ is now a viable alternative to popular luxury brand flagships such as the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and the Lexus LS. With high technology and high expectations, the Jaguar XJ confidently leads the British automaker into the 21st century.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're the type of person who dares to be different and enjoys turning some heads on the road, the Jaguar XJ's unique combination of grace and pace will effectively divide you from the crowd.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though quality has improved slightly in recent years, the Jaguar brand is still plagued by historically low resale values and questionable reliability, making the 2012 Jaguar XJ a precarious purchase for value-driven buyers.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, Supersport trims receive various content revisions, including a standard rear-seat DVD entertainment system in place of standard adaptive cruise control as well as a new reclining rear seat with a nifty massaging feature for the XJL Supersport.

Driving the XJ Series

Driving Impressions Relaxed road manners and a quiet cabin make the 2012 Jaguar XJ an ideal carrier of dignitaries and captains of business, but they also make the XJ a pleasure to...

drive. The suspension's active damping system adjusts to varying road conditions, providing a sense of dynamism when cornering – while never forgetting its primary job is to protect occupants from road imperfections. The enthusiasts in us yearn for more steering feel, but the XJ's light steering efforts make this large sedan surprisingly easy to maneuver at lower speeds – however, parking can still be a challenge due to its sheer size. Our only major complaint is reserved for the brakes, which feature a light, overly-sensitive pedal that can make it difficult to stop smoothly. On the other hand, we have no complaints about acceleration. The base V8 engine offers plenty of power, but we would have a hard time not selecting one of the supercharged engine variants, which deliver an exhilarating growl and near-effortless acceleration when prodded.
Favorite Features

BOWERS AND WILKINS AUDIO SYSTEM
Many ultra-premium audio systems attempt to dazzle consumers with clever marketing descriptions and impressive speaker counts. Audiophiles understand that when it comes to choosing the finest sound system, the proof is in the performance. Regardless of its enticing features, the XJ's available Bowers and Wilkins audio system delivers perhaps the purist sound quality in the business.

DIGITAL INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
To help bolster the XJ's high-tech appeal, Jaguar engineers abandoned the conventional analog instrument cluster in favor of a high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen with a digital speedometer, tachometer and information window with configurable vehicle data.

2012 Jaguar XJ Series Details
Interior

Thanks to the minimal number of center stack controls, the Jaguar XJ's cabin features a clean, elegant design that separates itself from the competition with superior materials and remarkable fit and finish. Soft leather trim covers not only the seating surfaces, but the upper dash, door panels and even the headliner on Supersport models. The XJ's navigation system employs a touch-screen navigation system rather than the button and wheel-operated setups found on German-built luxury sedans. Although recent interface enhancements have certainly improved the level of user-friendliness, the touch-screen's inherent functional requirements increase driver distraction.

Exterior
2012 Jaguar XJ Series photo

The Jaguar XJ's distinctive design is set off by a sloping rear roofline that shrouds its substantial mass while creating a stylish 4-door coupe appearance. The 2012 XJ is available in standard and long-wheelbase versions, with the latter providing an additional five inches of rear legroom. Considering its size, trunk space is quite restricted, and the low roofline makes it difficult for taller drivers to enter the vehicle. Wheel choices surpass the double-digit mark and range from standard 19-inch to a variety of fender-filling 20-inch alloys.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Jaguar XJ features a full complement of the features we'd expect to find on a new flagship luxury sedan plus a few more, including a leather-wrapped dash, a digital LCD gauge cluster, active suspension dampening, blind-spot monitoring and a panoramic moonroof. The "base" audio system is a 14-speaker, 600-watt setup with hard-disk music storage. The standard safety setup reads like a bowl of alphabet soup – ABS, DSC, CBC, EBD, ETC – and includes a full complement of airbags.

Optional Equipment

In addition to two supercharged engines and a long-wheelbase version, the 2012 Jaguar XJ's list of upgrades includes adaptive cruise control, heated windshield, retractable rear-window shades and several seating options that range from massaging front seats to heated and cooled rear seats. Supercharged models feature an active differential control to better put the increased power to the ground, while Supersport models include metallic foot pedals, semi-aniline leather and a standard rear-seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood

One engine, three flavors. The 2012 Jaguar XJ lineup features three versions of a 5.0-liter V8, two of them supercharged. Each is mated to an adaptive 6-speed automatic transmission that's easily manipulated via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The energy ultimately makes its way to the rear wheels and delivers 5.4-, 4.9- and 4.7-second sprints to 60 mph, depending on engine choice.

5.0-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (long wheelbase: 15/22 mpg)

5.0-liter supercharged V8
470 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
424 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

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2012 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 9 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

What a VERY pleasant surprise

By on Sunday, February 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "No power window shades in rear passenger"

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

"Have purchased 10 BMW over past 5 years. 3 series, 4 series,6series x3,x5,x6 and 7 series. My 2014 xjl portfolio beats them all in luxury,comfort,performance,style and RELIABILITY"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Looking vehicle-

By on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to Drive, Great Looking, Unique style"

Cons: "Depreciation,Navigation sucks, No ac plugs inside"

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

"The car performs as advertised. However the navigation is the WORST I ever seen, too many steps. Quality of most the finishes are great except for interior latches, glove box springs, etc. Some of the REAL chrome is no longer there. The comfort on long trips is amazing, no fatigue at all after a 500 mile trip."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

THE BEST

By on Thursday, October 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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
9/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "NO HEADS UP DISPLAY"

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

"I'VE HAVE OWNED MY JAG FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND ALTHOUGH I DO NOT DRIVE IT EVERYDAY, WHEN I DO ITS LIKE FALLING IN LOVE WITH IT ALL OVER AGAIN. I'VE OWNED LEXUS AND BMW AND THE JAG IS ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL AS FAR AS DRIVING DYNAMICS. AS ANOTHER REVIEWER STATED, THE EXHAUST SOUND IS MUSIC TO MY EARS, AS NICE AS THE SOUND SYSTEM IS, I TURN IT DOWN JUST TO HEAR IT COME ALIVE."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Flawless. Not one problem in 2 years

By on Saturday, August 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Style, price, reliability"

Cons: "None"

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

"Style beyond its way too common German competitors. Not one single maintenance issue after 28 months. Wish my commute was longer. Sound system is incredible."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

best auto ever purchased/driven

By on Sunday, March 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

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: "pleasure to drive, often receives compliments"

Cons: "bump head getting in and out"

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

"Performance excellent (speed and gas performance) while extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Had for 9 months and no need to return for any problems. Once owned a 66 GTO muscle car wit 3/2's and this one is much quicker in sport mode. Noticed that Prince William also rides in one...."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best vehicle owned

By on Friday, February 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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: "(fast)Joy to drive,Head turner,Best Resale value"

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

"A pleasure to drive throttle response in excellent better interior than that of a Bentley or Maserati and it has best in class resale value so I am making a smarter investment than if I had bought a bentley or Mercedes S-Class which lose 30% of theyre value in 2 years while the Jag loses 15% over 2 years."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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