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A $25,000 Used 2011 Jaguar XJ Looks Just Like a New $125,000 Jaguar XJ

Long product cycles — the amount of time between when a car is introduced and when it is redesigned — aren’t necessarily a bad thing. For Jaguar, those long periods are a carryover from the brand’s days before it became a part of the reasonably well-funded Jaguar Land Rover, and the flagship XJ sedan is certainly not immune. Unveiled a decade ago by, of all people, Jay Leno and Elle Macpherson, the redesigned 2011 XJ ushered in dramatic new styling with a sloping roof and narrow headlights on top of a version of the old XJ’s running gear. That was no bad thing, however, as even the base 5.0-liter V8 was rated at a healthy 385 horsepower. The XJ Supercharged boasted 470 hp, while the range-topping XJ Supersport cranked out 510 hp paired with an ultraquick steering rack and an active rear differential. A supercharged V6 arrived as the base engine later, but it was no slouch.

A decade on, those are still impressive figures for a performance sedan. Not only does a used Jaguar XJ look like it’s just left the new car showroom, it scoots like it as well.

2014 Jaguar XJ interior

With a $25,000 budget, it’s easy to find a clean, well-kept early XJ on Autotrader. Casting a wide net, I found several 2011 XJ Supersports with fewer than 40,000 miles for around the price of a new Honda Accord LX. That’s about one-fifth of what a well-optioned XJ Supersport cost just a decade ago, and it’s an amazing value that looks just like a $125,000 2019 model. If you don’t need that much power and are willing to risk a higher-mile car, around $20,000 buys this 2013 XJ with 70,000 miles from a Jaguar dealer.

If you’ve got more budget to play with, Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program (or is it programme?) is unusually comprehensive. It applies to cars built within the last five model years and bumps the bumper-to-bumper warranty to 7 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Mercedes-Benz adds just one year of coverage, though you can drive as many miles as you want during that first year should you want to use your new Benz as, say, a taxicab.

2011 Jaguar XJ

Selecting Certified using the Autotrader search, I found pre-owned XJs with just 40,000 miles for as little as $30,000. A 2015 model should have at least another two or three years of warranty coverage, too.

Despite a global recession, sales of the XJ were relatively brisk when it was first launched. Jaguar managed to deliver more than 4,000 annually in the U.S. between 2010, when the new car launched, and 2014. A redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class took a chunk out of XJ sales when it hit the road in late 2013, and last year Jaguar found just 1,579 American buyers for its biggest sedan. Find a Jaguar XJ for sale

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  1. That’s literally the case with every high end luxury sedan, and that’s false they had an update in 2013 on the inside, and outside there were subtle changes where the rims have red wheel hubs and the grille has a red leaper, like the Supersport/Autobiography models, also in 2016 the facelift changed the headlights and rear lights, so no it does not look exactly the same, that’s like saying a 2014 S class and 2019 are the same despite the fact that there was a facelift in 2018. Great cars nonetheless more fun, sexy, efficient, and reliable than the Flying Spur, Quattroporte, Ghost, S Class and 7 series. 

  2. I got an XJ 5.0 SC after watching the Doug video and deciding to test drive one, and it has replaced my C5 RS6 as my benchmark and favorite car.  

    Everyone, and I do mean everyone, gave me the standard “oh its a Jag and its going to break and youre going to spend more time at the dealer than the service guys and blah blah blah” and everyone was wrong.  Its got 90k on the clock and is driven hard every day, and I could not be happier with this car.  Yes, it was a CPO, and still has a warranty, and had full service history.  It’s only gone in for service twice in 2 years for non-maintenance, and also non-critical, issues.
    Its a fantastic gentleman’s muscle car and I would seriously buy another one.  
    • you realized just because you got lucky out of thousand cars Jaguar made doesnt mean its reliable, it just mean YOU are lucky.

      For Jaguar to charge the price that they do and want to be taken serious after the reputation that they themselves built over the year as having one of the most unreliable car is pretty laughable. Either way, enjoy!

  3. And a Jaguar with 40,000 miles should give you at least 10 more worry-free miles. That’s assuming you can convince it to start after you sign the paperwork. 

    • Clearly, you do not know what you’re talking about, had 4 of these since new, more reliable than any Bentley/Mercedes/Mazi/Bimmer etc

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Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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