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2013 Jaguar XJ Series

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2013 Jaguar XJ Series Review

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Jaguar automobiles have been cultural icons for nearly a century, and while the brand once suggested old-fashioned eccentricity, the 2013 Jaguar XJ boasts contemporary design, impeccable craftsmanship, modern amenities and sparkling performance. For this year, the line expands with the addition of a fuel-efficient V6 as the new base engine and an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. As such, it more than qualifies as a viable and appealingly contrarian alternative to the established luxury flagships, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Lexus LS.

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 help you stand out.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though quality has improved in recent years, the Jaguar brand is still plagued by reliability questions, which weigh on resale values. The 2013 Jaguar XJ is a precarious purchase for value-driven buyers.

What's New for 2013

The big news for 2013 is the addition of a more fuel-efficient V6 engine at the base of the line and the option of an advanced AWD system to go with it. There are also new audio systems from Meridian.

Driving the XJ Series
Driving Impressions

Relaxed road manners and a quiet cabin make the 2013 Jaguar XJ an ideal carrier of dignitaries and captains of business, while the suspension's active damping system helps provide a...

... sense of dynamism, making the big car a pleasure to drive. Light steering may be short on feel but it makes for easy low-speed maneuvering. The brakes, though strong enough, have a light, overly sensitive pedal that can be tricky. On the other hand, there are no complaints about acceleration. The new base V6 has a supercharger and counter-rotating balance shafts, and strikes a good balance of power, smoothness and fuel efficiency. Still, if you have the budget, the big XJ feels more like itself with one of the V8 engines, preferably supercharged.

MERIDIAN AUDIO SYSTEMS
The 380-watt, 14-speaker Meridian system that comes standard in the lower-range XJs is awfully good, but the premium system in the Supercharged, Supersport and Ultimate models is awesome: 7.1 surround-sound architecture with 825 watts and 20 speakers including two subwoofers.

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.

2013 Jaguar XJ Series Details
2013 Jaguar XJ Series photo Interior

Thanks in part to the minimal number of center-stack controls, the Jaguar XJ's cabin features a clean, elegant design that separates itself from its rivals 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 rather than the button- and wheel-operated setups found on German-built luxury sedans. Recent interface enhancements have tried to address the fact that a touch-screen's functional requirements can be distracting for the driver.

Exterior
2013 Jaguar XJ Series photo

The Jaguar XJ's distinctive design is dominated by a sloping rear roofline that shrouds its substantial mass while creating a stylish 4-door- coupe appearance. The 2013 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 rather limited. Also the low roofline makes it tricky for taller folks to get in and out, especially entering the back seat. The almost-full-length panoramic glass moonroof is a strong styling element from both inside and out.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Jaguar XJ features a full complement of the features you expect on a flagship luxury sedan plus a few more, including a leather-wrapped dash, a digital LCD gauge cluster, dynamic suspension damping, blind-spot monitoring and an extra-long panoramic moonroof. The "base" audio system is a 14-speaker, 380-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 longer-wheelbase bodies and a now-wider choice of engines , the 2013 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 V8 models feature an active differential control to better put the increased power to the ground, while Supersport models add metallic foot pedals, semi-aniline leather and a standard rear-seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood

A new base engine joins the XJ range this year, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that saves a little fuel compared to the V8s. It delivers a more-than-sufficient 340 horsepower along with decent low-speed torque. The three 5.0-liter V8s continue, making 385 horsepower in naturally aspirated form and 470 or 510 with supercharging. All XJ engines get a slick new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and the V6 can also be teamed with a new AWD system that favors the rear wheels in its torque split so the car retains its rear-drive feel.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg (RWD), 16/25 mpg (AWD), 15/25 mpg (AWD, long-wheelbase)

5.0-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 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: 15/23 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: 15/23 mpg

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2013 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 19 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

Its Outstanding

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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: "Everything! and can be kicked to 610hp."

Cons: "Every one looks at you. In NYC it stops traffic."

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

Gettysburg Battle Field

"The only con I have is the book value on 0-60 It will do under 4.0. Two of the car mags tested the 470 hp and hit a flat 4.0. the 510hp will do 3.9 or less. Its at 35,000 miles and runs better over 25,000 then under. The summer of 2015 I ran from Springfield Ill to Gettysburg. The performance was remarkable. I was tempted to go all the way to NYC. They say other cars are better, well I don't know how. The interior is better then anything I have ever seen and as for speed, I don't see the back of any cars. As for problem with electric- I have never had a battery problem. I would love to know how many of the XJSS there is in America. I have been told very few."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Gettysburg Battle Field

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."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

This 2015 XJL is the best luxury car I ever owned

By on Sunday, November 8, 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."

8 people out of 13 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!"

28 people out of 52 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"

41 people out of 74 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."

39 people out of 61 found this review helpful

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