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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.

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
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 18 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Best auto I've owned in 59 years

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "The XJL is great to drive and best value for money"

Cons: ""Wheel Dial" gear shift should be a handle type"

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

"In 2011 I was looking at another Mercedes- having been a satisfied Mercedes owner for over 21 years- when an advert, obviously directed to Mercedes owners, was mailed to me. Offering a generous discount, I decided to compare their XJL to the Merc S-500 I had test driven and planned to purchase. I was offered a test drive for several days (rather unusual I thought, as most are around the block, so to speak). The XJL blew me away as it handled like my wife's Merc SL550, had the same comfort and convenience as the S-500 and was 25 G's less expensive. It's now four years and 42,000 miles, and still the same beautiful, high performing and reliable car I drove out of the showroom! And this experience is from someone who owned a Jag XJ in the 70's and a Sovereign in the 80's and was less than impressed by either of them."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This 2015 XJL is the best luxury car I ever owned

By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

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: "Quiet smooth ride and quality finish."

Cons: "No heads up desplay"

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

"XJL 2015 is the best luxury car I've ever owned. Smoothest, quietest ride, Great fit and finish in and out. A real eye catcher. Have had S-Mercedes, Lexus 460 LS, Hyundai Equus, ect. This is by far the best. The responsive supercharged V-6 is extremely fast. Gas mileage is excellent above what is advertised. Best luxury value in my opinion."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, fast, smooth, beautiful"

Cons: "slow tech in touch screen"

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

"This is one of the greatest cars I have ever owned. Only complaint is the archaic tech used. Very slow touch screen, etc. Seems to be an ongoing issue with all Jag models even today. But, I dont mind; this is one sexy cat!"

26 people out of 50 found this review helpful

Electric System

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,599

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great ride, good power,stylish look"

Cons: "not dependable to start up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Wonderful car, but has power drain. the battery will go dead any time auto not used for over 24 hours. Jaguar customer service has made effort after effort to no advail. Problem has existed for life of lease. Jaguar finally threw in towel and offered a trickle charger as answer. Wonder how that works when left in airport parking lot. I have owned or leased Jags since 1978"

36 people out of 66 found this review helpful

20104 JAGUAR XJL AWD A DRIVERS CAR

By on Thursday, January 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "HYW fuel economy, interior design, powertrain"

Cons: "touch screen a little slow on some functions"

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

"I recently purchased the awd XJL after driving the audi A8, bmw 750li, and Mercedes S550. I have owned all 4 luxury brands over the years. The jaguar awd version was the quietest and best driving of the 2014 XJ sedans I tested. I also had multiple drives in the competitors vehicles. The jaguar is more of a drivers car and felt like a smaller coupe. It was much more nimble and fun to drive than the competitors, which felt numb and big. The BMW and Audi were nice just uninspiring, and not fun to drive. The Mercedes was an excellent car as well but made me feel older than I am. The jaguar reliability is much improved over past generations, and the v6 is an excellent choice for a daily driver. I spoke with a trusted service advisor at the jaguar\land rover dealer and the engine and car are rock solid now. My friend told me he sees the cars when they purchased and only for the 15k routine service. I have the same v6 in my 2015 Range rover and it is just as smooth. I purchased this for a daily driver and long road trips. I recently drove 1000miles roundtrip and the car was very comfortable and returned 30.2mpg at 75. Amazing for such a big car. I love the dual pane sunroof. The 2014 car was retuned for better drive and ride, so I'd buy a 2014 forward. I looked at sales numbers and 4000 cars are sold in the US annually compared to 6000 A8, and 21000 S550. I heard the same comments about reliability from friends, but comments were based on older versions. JD Power shows they have made good improvements. I am content with my purchase and the reliability of the new v6. If you want a large road car this is fun to drive, I would give this car a try."

33 people out of 52 found this review helpful

Watch out Snow!

By on Friday, September 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Elegant and distinctive design"

Cons: "$95k but worth it"

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

"Took delivery of the car during the worst snow storm of 2014 and she plowed through the elements like the Land Rover I traded in. The V-6 is amazing with immediate power and even at 70 mph, quick acceleration to 100 in a nano second. The back seat is luxurious and comfortable for 6'3" persons. No service issues what so ever - I think the historic quality issues are behind them."

36 people out of 55 found this review helpful

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