Before the 2011 Jaguar XJ arrived, its previous generations were known most for their dowdy, old-world styling. In a segment where buyers like to stand out, it’s not surprising that the older XJs were hardly ever seen let alone cross-shopped by anyone looking for a full-size luxury sedan.
Jaguar learned from its mistakes so when designing the new XJ decided to give it a totally revamped look, modern interior and a range of powerful engines.
A low, sloping roof gives the XJ a distinctive sports sedan design that also makes the car look a lot smaller than it actually is. There’s also a hint of the Aston Martin Rapide in its lines, though the XJ's length and expansive profile are unique enough to set the car apart at a glance.
But it’s not just about good looks. The car comes in six different trim lines, all of them with V-8 engines. Even the base engine has a generous 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, which should be more than enough for most of the...