2006 Jaguar XJ

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$61,830 - $115,330
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Engine Engine 4.2LV-8
MPG MPG 18 City / 27 Hwy
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2006 XJ Overview

The Jaguar XJ remains one of the best luxury cars you can buy.It also appears to be one of the best values, at least in terms of price paid for the luxury it exudes.When a Jaguar XJ rolls up, it makes a statement of true luxury.

The XJ is a truly beautiful luxury car, with lithe, elegant lines that ooze class and sex appeal, and its luxurious cabin is swathed in rich leathers and warm woods.Underway, it's quiet, smooth, stately, and powerful and it handles quite well.The XJ is far easier to operate than the German cars, namely the BMW 7 Series, the Audi A8, and the Mercedes S-Class, all of which have become so burdened with technology that can serve to annoy and frustrate drivers unfamiliar with their complex controls.Plus, the Jaguars cost less than the comparable German models.The 2006 Lexus LS 430 offers many of these assets, though it isn't as easy to operate as the Jag nor does it make a statement of true luxury and class the way the British marque does.That bit about true luxury applies to the Cadillac STS as well; the Cadillac just doesn't have the snob appeal of the Jaguar.In short, nothing says true luxury quite like a Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas.Roll up to a five-star hotel in one of these and you'll be treated like royalty.

The XJs come in regular and long-wheelbase versions.The long-wheelbase models offer enough rear-seat room to recline and watch a movie while having lunch on a flip-down wooden tray, all coddled in rich wood and leather.Though stretched five inches, these longer and roomier Jaguars are for practical purposes just as quick, just as nimble and just as fuel-efficient as the standard-length versions.

Though easy to operate, the XJ models are stuffed with sophisticated technology, but it's tucked out of the way so the driver benefits from the technology without being annoyed or distracted by it.

The Jaguar XJ8 was launched as an all-new model for 2003, along with the high-performance XJR.Both were greatly improved, offering superior ride and handling to their predecessors thanks to their rigid lightweight aluminum structure and computer-controlled double-wishbone suspensions.The long-wheelbase XJ8 L, Vanden Plas and Super V8 followed.For 2006, a new limited-edition Super V8 Portfolio, a super-luxurious model, joins the line.

All of the 2006 XJ models benefit from a number of upgrades, including more powerful engines, a new braking system, laminated glass for improved noise isolation, a driver-selectable automatic speed limiter, and a new tire pressure monitoring system.The chrome mesh grilles from the R models are now seen on all models for 2006, while new smoked-lens side markers and the removal of body-side and front/rear window moldings give all models a fresh appearance.A new navigation system comes standard on XJR and Vanden Plas models, and an electric rear sunblind is fitted to every XJ8 L.
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2006 XJ Overview

The Jaguar XJ remains one of the best luxury cars you can buy.It also appears to be one of the best values, at least in terms of price paid for the luxury it exudes.When a Jaguar XJ rolls up, it makes a statement of true luxury.

The XJ is a truly beautiful luxury car, with lithe, elegant lines that ooze class and sex appeal, and its luxurious cabin is swathed in rich leathers and warm woods.Underway, it's quiet, smooth, stately, and powerful and it handles quite well.The XJ is far easier to operate than the German cars, namely the BMW 7 Series, the Audi A8, and the Mercedes S-Class, all of which have become so burdened with technology that can serve to annoy and frustrate drivers unfamiliar with their complex controls.Plus, the Jaguars cost less than the comparable German models.The 2006 Lexus LS 430 offers many of these assets, though it isn't as easy to operate as the Jag nor does it make a statement of true luxury and class the way the British marque does.That bit about true luxury applies to the Cadillac STS as well; the Cadillac just doesn't have the snob appeal of the Jaguar.In short, nothing says true luxury quite like a Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas.Roll up to a five-star hotel in one of these and you'll be treated like royalty.

The XJs come in regular and long-wheelbase versions.The long-wheelbase models offer enough rear-seat room to recline and watch a movie while having lunch on a flip-down wooden tray, all coddled in rich wood and leather.Though stretched five inches, these longer and roomier Jaguars are for practical purposes just as quick, just as nimble and just as fuel-efficient as the standard-length versions.

Though easy to operate, the XJ models are stuffed with sophisticated technology, but it's tucked out of the way so the driver benefits from the technology without being annoyed or distracted by it.

The Jaguar XJ8 was launched as an all-new model for 2003, along with the high-performance XJR.Both were greatly improved, offering superior ride and handling to their predecessors thanks to their rigid lightweight aluminum structure and computer-controlled double-wishbone suspensions.The long-wheelbase XJ8 L, Vanden Plas and Super V8 followed.For 2006, a new limited-edition Super V8 Portfolio, a super-luxurious model, joins the line.

All of the 2006 XJ models benefit from a number of upgrades, including more powerful engines, a new braking system, laminated glass for improved noise isolation, a driver-selectable automatic speed limiter, and a new tire pressure monitoring system.The chrome mesh grilles from the R models are now seen on all models for 2006, while new smoked-lens side markers and the removal of body-side and front/rear window moldings give all models a fresh appearance.A new navigation system comes standard on XJR and Vanden Plas models, and an electric rear sunblind is fitted to every XJ8 L.Hide Full Review