Distinct styling; fabulous V8 engines; engaging handling; premium interiors
Below-average V8 fuel economy
The previous year's XJR is superseded by the XJR575, taking the former's 550 horsepower and boosting it to 575 (for a top speed of 186 mph). Forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance and driver-fatigue monitoring become standard. All-Surface Progress Control is like a low-speed cruise control for slippery surfaces. The infotainment screen increases in size from 8 to 10.2 inches. The entry-level model receives an audio upgrade to a 20-speaker/825-watt Meridian system, and 4G connectivity brings Wi-Fi into the cabin.
The regular-wheelbase 2018 Jaguar XJ comes in R-Sport and Supercharged trim levels. The long-wheelbase XJL is available in Portfolio, Supercharged and XJR575 versions.
In the R-Sport ($76,395), standard features include the supercharged V6, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting with an automatic high-beam function, an adaptive/self-leveling suspension, user-selectable driving modes, a panoramic sunroof, burled walnut veneers, power-closing doors and trunk, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable tilt-telescopic steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats with 8-way power adjustment, heated/ventilated rear seats, leather upholstery, self-dimming mirrors, a rearview camera, parking sensors front and rear, front-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a driver-drowsiness monitor, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, 4G Wi-Fi, a 10.2-in touchscreen and a 20-speaker/825-watt Meridian audio system with iPod/USB connectivity, HD Radio and satellite radio.
The long-wheelbase Portfolio ($85,495) sprouts 5.1 inches of extra rear legroom and includes massaging front seats with 14-way power adjustability, softer leather upholstery, a suede headliner, manual rear sunshades (power sunshades are optional), ebony veneer, quad-zone automatic climate control, rear LED reading lights and various interior trim additions.
The XJ Supercharged ($93,995) means the supercharged 470-hp V8, an electronic rear differential, 20-in alloy wheels, a sportier suspension tune, bigger brakes, oak trim, 14-way power adjustable front seats with a massage function, and navigation.
The XJL Supercharged ($97,295) adds the rear-seat luxuries found in the Portfolio.
The XJR575 ($123,395) runs with the 575-hp supercharged V8, exclusive 20-in wheels, performance-tuned stability control, a model-specific suspension setup with sportier steering calibrations, uprated brakes, an active exhaust system, sport seats front and rear and various sport-themed exterior and interior styling flourishes.
Depending on trim and configuration, options include semi-aniline leather trim, rear-seat entertainment with dual 10.2-in screens, and individual reclining rear seats with massage/lumbar functions and memory settings.
Offered exclusively in long-wheelbase models is a 26-speaker/1,300-watt Meridian audio system. The long-wheelbase version may also come with parking assistance for parallel and perpendicular spaces, along with a 360-degree camera system.
Cargo capacity of the XJ's trunk is 15.2 cu ft., about average for the class.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 Audi A8 -- Excellent, but close to retirement. Only available in long-wheelbase form, while a new generation is scheduled for the 2019 model year.
2018 BMW 7 Series -- Remarkable for its tech content, luxury appointments and driving talents.
2018 Lexus LS -- An all-new generation debuts for this model year, packing much more technology than its predecessor.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- Traditionally the absolute ruler of this class. The attention to detail is incredible, the levels of engineering exemplary. Refreshed for 2018.
Used Bentley Flying Spur -- For something more luxurious than an XJ while still flying the Union Jack, the Flying Spur blends a twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine with a hand-crafted cabin.