2017 Jaguar XJR

Pros: Sexy styling inside and out; regular- and extended-length versions available; relatively affordable pricing compared to class competitors; posh, luxurious cabin

Cons: Available upsized wheels and sporty suspension mean that ride can be clunky, especially for the class; rakish roofline and low seating position compromise rear visibility

CG Says: The 2017 Jaguar XJ is essentially unchanged following last year’s styling update. The Jaguar XJ is a premium large car with seating for five. The base engine is a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Supercharged models have a 470-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. (Note that the base V6 is also supercharged.) The V8 develops 550 hp in XJR models. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive is available with the V6 engine. Available features include LED headlights, Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera, parallel-parking assist, quad-zone automatic climate controls, rear sunshades, DVD player, and rear picnic tables. All XJs are stately large cars with a charm all their own. Luxury buyers may blanch at the idea of a V6 engine in a car of the XJ’s stature, and since it’s the only way to get AWD, some might look elsewhere on those grounds alone. That’s not really warranted, in our view, as the supercharged V6 provides perfectly adequate power with better fuel economy. Compared to competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the XJs are almost bargain-priced–while certainly not looking like it–and that’s one of the strongest points in their favor.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jaguar
Nation of Manufacture England
Base Prices XJ R-Sport: $74,400
AWD XJ R-Sport: $77,900
XJL Portfolio: $83,200
AWD XJL Portfolio: $86,700
XJ Supercharged: $92,000
XJL Supercharged: $95,000
XJR: $118,000
XJR Long Wheelbase: $121,000

Base Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (R-Sport, Portfolio)
Horsepower
340
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (Supercharged, XJR)
Horsepower
470 (550 in XJR)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23