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2014 Jaguar XJ Series Review

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2014 Jaguar XJ Series Expert Review

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Jaguar cars have always stood apart from other luxury brands. Not as commonplace as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 or Lexus LS, the owner of a 2014 Jaguar XJ is endowed with a sense of exclusivity, a trait highly sought after by those who shell out big bucks for their wheels.

Legendary craftsmanship is married to improving quality and reliability scores, although the big XJ still lags behind most rivals in this area. Still, with high-end luxury as only the Brits can do it and a new high-performance XJR model in the lineup, 2014 promises to be a very good year for the XJ, something the competition might want to keep an eye on.

You'll Like This Car If...

Copious luxury and formidable power combine to form a luxury sedan not easily duplicated by lesser competitors. Those seeking to drive something a bit less commonplace will enjoy the exclusivity the Jaguar XJ brings.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Jaguar XJ is as temperamental as it is beautiful. Some quality and reliability questions still linger and are contributing factors to the XJ's lower resale values. A small dealer network means less availability for the well-to-do who live in less populated regions.

How It Ranks

#3

out of 8

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 6

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.5 out of 10
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2014 Jaguar XJ Series Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

For 2014, the normally aspirated V8 is dropped from the lineup and a new high-performance XJR trim replaces last year's Supersport, offering more power and luxury features. The XJ LWB model receives the ultimate in sound systems, a 1,300-watt Meridian Reference Audio unit with no fewer than 26 speakers.

Driving the XJ Series
2014 Jaguar XJ Series Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions A large luxury sedan should pamper its passengers without boring its driver. In the 2014 Jaguar XJ, the perfect balance between a compliant ride and adept handling has been struck....

... An active dampening suspension soaks ups road imperfections, yet still manages to keep this big cat calm in the corners. Step up the new XJR, and the ride gets noticeably stiffer, but the tradeoff is well worth it once you experience the car's 550 horsepower unleashed.

In the standard XJ, the steering feel is a bit on the light side, which is nice for around-town driving but less appreciated on twisting country roads.

Acceleration, even with the V6, is a thoroughly satisfying event, and the ZF 8-speed transmission makes the journey all that much more enjoyable. However, if you want to be immersed in the total Jaguar experience, having one of the V8 engines beneath the bonnet is still the best choice.

MERIDIAN AUDIO SYSTEMS
There are three Meridian audio systems from which to choose – each better than the next, but all superb in their own right. The standard 380-watt 14-speaker system is nice, but it's the 1,300-watt 26-speaker monster in the LWB model that simply astounds all who hear it.

DIGITAL INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
High-tech visuals meet old world luxury in the XJ's digital instrument cluster. Analog gauges are jettisoned in favor of a high-res 12.3-inch LCD screen displaying the tachometer, speedometer and a configurable information data screen.

2014 Jaguar XJ Series Details
2014 Jaguar XJ Series Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Thanks in part to the minimal number of center-stack controls, the 2014 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 XJR 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
2014 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 2014 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 2014 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, wide choice of engines and all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2014 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 XJR models add leather sport seats in a variety of color choices, lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, and a standard 825-watt Meridian audio system.

Under the Hood
2014 Jaguar XJ Series Engine photo

The standard engine for the Jaguar XJ is 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 two 5.0-liter V8s continue, making 470 horsepower or 550, both with the aid of supercharging. All XJ engines employ an 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 (XJ, XJ AWD, XJL, Portfolio)
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (standard-wheelbase models), 17/27 (long-wheelbase models) 16/24 mpg (AWD)

5.0-liter supercharged V8 (XJ Supercharged)
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 (XJR)
550 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
502 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg

The 2014 Jaguar XJ, with the supercharged V6 engine, starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,095. An additional $3,500 adds all-wheel drive (AWD). The XJL Portfolio is a longer-wheelbase, more richly equipped version for $82,095. An up-charge of $3,500 gets all-wheel drive in this car. Nearing the XJ pinnacle, an XJL Supercharged starts at $91,495, while the XJR starts at $116,895, and with every conceivable option plus the long-wheelbase platform tops out around $131,000. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers are paying in your area. Projected resale values for the Jaguar XJ still trail those of the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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2014 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 13 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.9/10

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."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Amazing Drivers Car

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Driving Dynamics, Head turner, the GROWL!"

Cons: "slight occassional rattles from the headliner."

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

"I bought this car couple of years back. It has been my everyday driver ever since. It's probably one of the best looking cars out on the road - definitely draws a lot of attention. The driving dynamics of this car is amazing. The Jaguar V8 sounds awesome. I have the base model - which comes standard with Blind Spot mointor, parking sensors/camera, all the goodies & an amazing sound system as a base. I am very picky about interior rattles or any other sound out of the ordinary. My only gripe would be sometimes there are very slight rattles from the headliner & sometimes on the driver's door. It doesn't happen always but still bothers me couple of times a month. The navigation is very good but input is extremely slow - I wish the Nav unit had a speedier processor. Excellent car nonetheless."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

great all around car, with great value

By on Friday, May 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

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: "fun to drive and great value"

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

"This is a fantastic car, great to look at and fun to drive, with appointments that compare or are better than the more common luxury cars. You get great value for your buck on purchase."

11 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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