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With a name dating back to the late 1960s, the Jaguar XJ is an icon in its own right, along with being a legendary model in Jaguar's decorated history.

Having spanned many generations, here we are focusing on the Jaguar XJ (X351) which was made between 2010 and 2019, receiving multiple facelifts over its nine- year reign.

Often thought as a limousine-like saloon, the Jaguar XJ is fit for a queen, quite literally, as Jaguar XJ models are used by the royal family, along with being the choice for many English prime ministers.

The Jaguar XJ features:

  • Sophisticated design and style
  • A luxurious interior
  • Multiple engine choices
  • Iconic Jaguar flair

Engines and Driving Experience

Jaguar XJ Top

Large luxury Jaguar saloons are often graced with big and powerful engines, and the XJ follows the trend in typical Jaguar fashion. For those wanting power and impressive economy the 3.0-litre diesel is a fine choice, offering 271bhp although updated versions saw 295bhp. Despite the XJ weighing almost two and a half tonnes, this engine can propel the 'big cat' from 0 to 62mph between 5.9 and 6.0 seconds.

These is also a 5.0-litre petrol, which comes with an evocative V8 engine which produces a hefty 379bhp, dropping the 0 to 62mph down to 5.5 seconds.

For those who want the epitome of luxury, complemented by incredible performance, you can also find XJ models with the legendary 5.0-litre V8, only having been enhanced with a supercharger producing 502bhp, dropping the 0 to 62mph dash to just 4.7 seconds.

To drive, the XJ is a fine car to cover huge mileage in whilst in supreme comfort. The performance models add in evocative pace, whilst still being able to calm down and waft when required.

Practicality and Running Costs

Jaguar XJ

There is plenty of space in the XJ, as you would expect, as it was the largest Jaguar saloon car in the range when launched. There is plenty of space in the boot too, with 479 litres on offer, which is less than some rivals but it's not really a deal breaker.

Large Jaguar models, or 'big cats' as described by some are never going to be the cheapest cars to run and own, but engine choice can play a huge part on reducing or increasing running costs substantially.

Choose a 3.0-litre diesel and you will see almost 50mpg, which is very impressive for a large car, fitted with a large engine. On the flip side, choose a 5.0-litre petrol and the economy drops to a thirsty 24mpg, add in a supercharger and it drops even further.

The latter range-topping supercharged XJ models are insurance group 50, the highest available, so be prepared to pay a premium. Diesel engines drop to group 40 however and so will be cheaper.

Servicing can be done at any Stratstone Jaguar retailer.

Interior, Technology, and Safety

Jaguar XJ Interior

From 2015, all Jaguar XJ models came with a striking fully-digital TFT 12.3-inch instrument cluster, along with a sharp touchscreen digital infotainment system too.

Even older cars have a digital instrument cluster, making early examples of the XJ seem bang up to date. Being a Jaguar, leather choice and quality is premium and high-caliber, but it is chosen by The Royal Family, the XJ was not going to be short of class.

As for safety, due to the Jaguar XJ's exclusivity, it was never tested by Euro NCAP. Despite this, the following features should see the XJ perform well in the event of an accident:

  • Strong aluminium bodyshell
  • Electronic stability control
  • Multiple airbags
  • Whiplash protection
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian safety

Is the Jaguar XJ right for me?

If you are in the market for a luxury, limousine-like car then the Jaguar XF is a fine choice, especially when buying used.

A car chosen by the royal family and British prime ministers should give you a very good indication of just how much the Jaguar XF can impress. However, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class is very much a text book answer when looking at luxury limousine-like cars. And you cannot mention the Mercedes-Benz S-Class without mentioning the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 which are also worth a look when thinking about luxury saloons.

Overall, the BMW will probably feel the most dynamic, and the Mercedes will have the most impressive toys. The Audi will also have its fans, but for outright bang for your buck and royal approval, do not overlook the big cat.

Why choose Stratstone for your next used vehicle?

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At Stratstone, we have a variety of quality used cars for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted.

All our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we are able to offer Home Delivery to UK mainland addresses, giving you flexibility when searching for your next car.

We are also able to offer you a tailored Service Plan for your selected car, which allows you to spread the cost of maintenance over an agreed period of time, whilst saving you money in the process.

If you would like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you have spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Stratstone retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.