Used 2012 Jaguar XJ Sedan
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
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
Compared to some of its competitors, the 2012 Jaguar XJ starts at a relatively reasonable Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $74,500. An additional $7,000 will net a longer wheelbase and more rear legroom, plus a few other niceties. Winter 2012 marks the debut of the 2012 Jaguar XJL Ultimate, which will top the XJ range at a colossal $155,000, but that includes just about every feature under the sun. If you want to get the best deal, be sure to take a look at the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers in your market area are currently paying for the Jaguar XJ. Both the 2012 Audi A8 and 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class start with steeper sticker prices, but much of the Jaguar’s sticker-price advantage is offset by weaker projected resale values.
Jaguar XJ Consumer Reviews
January 15, 2018
Classy, powerful, dependable, and looks great. Very comfortable to drive. Fell in love with this car faster than any other I have...
June 17, 2017
Quality and luxury with power.
Absolutely no complaints on this car, except that the dealer and manufacturer provide NO technical maintenance information for the...
April 14, 2016
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...
November 08, 2015
This 2015 XJL is the best luxury car I ever owned
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...
May 16, 2014
great all around car, with great value
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...
May 09, 2014
Agile, fast and handles like a sports car
Best parking assist and backup camera out there. Standard equipment is all inclusive including blind spot tech,Meridian surround sound...
November 04, 2013
price and quality cannot be beat
Best looking large sedan,more fun to drive,leather and wood everywhere,unique styling....
October 10, 2013
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...
August 03, 2013
Flawless. Not one problem in 2 years
Style beyond its way too common German competitors. Not one single maintenance issue after 28 months. Wish my commute was longer. Sound...
March 24, 2013
best auto ever purchased/driven
Performance excellent (speed and gas performance) while extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Had for 9 months and no need to return...