2014 XJ New Car Test Drive
The Jaguar XJ is a full-size luxury sedan with a harmonious balance of spirited performance, smooth operation and poise. It's available in both regular and long-wheelbase variants, making it superb for whisking away passengers in style. As with most world-class luxury sedans, the XJ is rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available.
For 2014, Jaguar XJ gets a number of upgrades. Long-wheelbase models get new reclining airline-style rear seats complete with a fold-down tray in back of the front seat, a new rear center armrest, and a massage feature for both front and rear seats. Jaguar XJL long-wheelbase models also ride on a revised rear suspension aimed at delivering a more comfortable ride.
2014 Jaguar XJ models are available with a new rear-seat entertainment package that uses two 10-inch high-resolution screens mounted on the back of the front seat headrests and comes with wireless headphones. An optional Meridian sound system is available for 2014, which features a conversation enhancing technology that picks up occupants' voices via microphones in the cabin and pipes the sound through the audio system's speakers. And an automatic stop/start feature comes on all 2014 XJ models.
A new, performance-oriented Jaguar XJR joins the lineup for 2014, after a five-year hiatus. Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that cranks out 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, the 2014 Jaguar XJR will rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, according to Jaguar. The 2014 XJR models are available in standard and long-wheelbase variants. Fuel economy for the 2014 XJR is rated by the EPA at 15/23 mpg City/Highway, the same rating as some of the XJ's less powerful models.
A new 8-speed automatic transmission comes on all 2014 Jaguar XJ models.
The 2014 XJ lineup offers a choice of engines: a 340-hp 3.0-liter V6, a 385-hp 5.0-liter V8, a 470-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8, a 510-hp supercharged V8, and the new 550-hp V8. All but the 550-hp engine carry over from last year.
The supercharged V6 comes standard with the Jaguar XJ and is used for the two all-wheel-drive models: XJ AWD and XJL Portfolio. Rated at 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the V6 gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27 mpg City/Highway in XJ, 16/24 mpg in the two all-wheel-drive models.
The XJL Portfolio is the only model that comes with a normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. Smooth and powerful, it's a superb powerplant, rated at 385 horsepower and capable of thrusting the XJL to 60 mph in a very quick 5.4 seconds, according to Jaguar. It also delivers an EPA-rated 25 mpg Highway. It's the only engine that isn't supercharged.
XJ Supercharged models are fitted with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that makes 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque, and launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 15/23 mpg City/Highway for both wheelbase lengths.
XJ Supersport and XJL Ultimate variants use a 510-hp supercharged V8 with 461 lb.-ft. of torque, and can catapult to 60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds. Like the more powerful XKR, these models achieve an EPA-estimated 15/23 mpg City/Highway.
All XJ models boast an exquisite cabin, with rich leather upholstery and a variety of luxury trims. In the past, Jaguar has fallen short of tech-savvy Audi and BMW when it comes to in-car connectivity. The good news is, Jaguar says 2014 XJ models will come with a new smartphone integration system, called InControl Apps, which promises seamless connectivity with iPhone and Android handsets.
Competitors of the XJ include Audi A8, the BMW 7 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the latter all-new for 2014. The XJR has fewer rivals, but goes up against the Audi S8, less expensive and less powerful, and the BMW 760Li, which offers plenty of power with its twin-turbocharged V12 but is $20,000 more than the XKR's long wheelbase model.
The 2014 Jaguar XJ is available in a choice of standard or long-wheelbase (XJL) variants. All come with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Jaguar XJ ($73,200) is powered by the 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The XJ comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration and humidity control, leather upholstery, 12-way power adjustable front seats with driver memory function, heated front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition, Bluetooth, a 380-watt 14-speaker Meridian audio system with single CD/DVD player, HD radio, satellite radio capability (with three-month susbscription), USB port and auxiliary audio jack, power sunroof, power trunk lid, rain-sensing wipers, automatic xenon HID headlamps, heated and auto-dimming sideview mirrors, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, blind spot monitor and 19-inch alloy wheels.
XJ AWD ($76,700) adds all-wheel drive.
XJL Portfolio ($81,200) uses a naturally aspirated 385-hp 5.0-liter V8 and features the longer wheelbase with more rear legroom. Portfolio upgrades to four-zone climate control, stitched and piped leather interior, 18-way heated and ventilated front and rear seats, suedecloth headliner, manual rear-window sun blinds and different 19-inch alloy wheels.
XJL Portfolio AWD comes with all-wheel drive, the supercharged V6 engine, and the Portfolio upgrades.
XJ Supercharged ($89,600) and XJL Supercharged ($92,600) are powered by a 470-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Supercharged models also come with an 825-watt, 20-speaker Meridian audio system, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams and a rear air suspension.
XJ Supersport ($112,600) and XJL Supersport ($119,100) employ a 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Supersport models also have semi-aniline leather seats with front seat massage, rear seats with recline, massage, adjustable lumbar, winged headrests front and rear (XJL only), contrast stitching and piping, embossed leaper (XJ only), soft-grain leather headliner, heated wood/leather steering wheel, six unique interior trim choices, additional interior lighting, a rear-seat entertainment center with dual 8-inch LCD screens, touchscreen, remote control and dual wireless headsets. The optional Speed Pack for Supersport models ($4,000) includes maximum speed increase from 155 mph to 174 mph, 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers with Jaguar script, front aero splitter, rear spoiler, gloss-black grilles and side power vents.
XJL Ultimate ($155,000) also uses the 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. XJL Ultimate upgrades further with 20-inch forged alloy wheels, two individual rear seats (for four-passenger seating), semi-aniline leather, heated, cooled, reclining, massage, four-way lumbar, rear console, power passenger table, toughened smoked glass, full partition center console with blue accent lighting, illuminated center beverage chiller, rear-seat entertainment center with dual 8-inch LCD screens, touchscreen, remote control, dual headsets.
XJR ($116,000) and XJR LWB ($119,000) use a 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. XJR models include 18-way power front sport seats with leather upholstery with heat and ventilation, unique R interior trim, deleted rear tray tables on long wheelbase models, metallic pedals, soft-close doors, unique exterior trim including a revised front bumper with front splitter, gloss black grille with chrome surround, hood louvers, unique side sills, a rear spoiler, quad tailpipes, a sports exhaust, upgraded brakes with red calipers and unique 20-inch alloy wheels.
Safety features standard on all models include all mandated airbags, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, blind-spot monitor, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, cornering brake control, engine drag torque control. All-wheel is optional.