2015 Jaguar XJ Reviews

2015 XJ New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The Jaguar XJ balances spirited performance with smooth operation and poise. A full-size luxury sedan, the XJ is available in both regular and long-wheelbase variants. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available. 

Little has changed for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Jaguar XJ lineup has been streamlined, as the Supersport and Ultimate models have been discontinued and engine choices drop from five to three. All 2015 XJ engines are supercharged. 

A supercharged V6 comes on Jaguar XJ and Portfolio models. Rated at 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the V6 gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27 mpg City/Highway with rear-wheel drive, 16/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. 

A 5.0-liter supercharged V8 comes on Jaguar XJ Supercharged models that makes 470 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque, and launches from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 15/23 mpg City/Highway for standard and long-wheelbase lengths. 

The Jaguar XJR, which joined the lineup for 2014, is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 rated at 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The XJR will rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, according to Jaguar. XJR models are available in standard and long-wheelbase variants. Fuel economy for the 2015 XJR is rated by the EPA at 15/23 mpg City/Highway, the same rating as some of the XJ's less powerful models. 

An 8-speed automatic transmission comes on all 2015 Jaguar XJ models. 

All XJ models boast an exquisite cabin, with rich leather upholstery and a variety of luxury trims. 

Jaguar XJ competes with Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Jaguar XJR competes with Audi S8, less expensive and less powerful, and the BMW 760Li, which offers plenty of power with its twin-turbocharged V12 but is more expensive than the long-wheelbase XJR. 

Lineup

The 2015 Jaguar XJ is available in a choice of standard or long-wheelbase (XJL) variants. All come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Jaguar XJ ($74,200) 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 heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, burl walnut veneer trim, soft-close doors, 8-inch color touch-screen 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 subscription), USB port and auxiliary audio jack, panoramic power moonroof, power trunk lid, rain-sensing wipers, automatic stop/start, 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 ($77,700) adds all-wheel drive. 

XJL Portfolio ($81,200) also uses the 340-hp 3.0-liter V6, but features the longer wheelbase with more rear legroom. Portfolio upgrades to four-zone climate control, stitched and piped leather interior, 14-way heated and ventilated front and rear seats, suede cloth headliner, manual rear side window sunshades, and different 19-inch alloy wheels. XJL Portfolio AWD ($84,700) comes with all-wheel drive and the Portfolio upgrades. 

XJ Supercharged ($90,600) and XJL Supercharged ($93,600) are powered by a 470-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Supercharged models also come with an 825-watt 20-speaker Meridian Surround Sound audio system, active noise cancellation, power rear sunshade, and adaptive headlights with automatic high beams. 

XJR ($116,000) and XJR LWB ($119,000) use a 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. XJR models include 14-way power front sport seats with leather upholstery, heating and ventilation; unique R interior trim including black suede cloth headliner; metal pedals; unique exterior trim including a front-bumper splitter; gloss black grille with chrome surround; hood louvers; unique side sills; additional rear spoiler; quad tailpipes; a sports exhaust; upgraded brakes with red calipers; active head restraints; electronic active differential; and unique 20-inch forged alloy wheels. 

Several option packages are available for XJ models. The Rear Seat Package ($4,000) for Portfolio and XJL Supercharged sedans includes two individual rear seats, three massage functions, and a folding rear center armrest. A Premium Rear Executive Package ($7,750) for those models includes the two individual seats, rear-seat memory, business trays with leather inserts, rear-seat entertainment with two 10.2-inch LCD screens and two wireless headphones. Visibility Package ($850) for XJ and Portfolio includes adaptive front lighting, cornering lamps, and Intelligent High Beams. Front Seat Comfort Package ($1,400) for XJ includes active-ventilated seat cooling, front passenger-seat memory, 14-way power front seats, and massage function. Portfolio Pack ($4,000) for XJ includes heated/cooled 14-way power front seats, 4-way lumbar support, massage, front-passenger seat memory, heated/cooled rear seats, and four-zone climate control. Sport and Speed Pack ($7,800) for XJ/XJL Supercharged models boosts top track speed to 174 mph, adding 20-inch Venom alloy wheels, red brake calipers, aero front splitter and rear-deck spoiler, and 18-way power front seats with adjustable bolsters. Illumination Package ($1,700) offers blue accent lighting. Also available is a Semi-Aniline Trim Package ($1,775). 

Safety features standard on all models include six 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 drive is optional. 

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