In the full-size luxury sedan segment there’s a small but great selection to choose from. If you’re looking for all the luxury and legroom you could ever need, without buying a mega-dollar Bentley or Rolls-Royce, then something like the 2012 Jaguar XJ will be ideal.
It competes with the flagship sedan models from Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz, but the Jaguar stands out from the crowd, not from old-world styling like that which plagued its predecessor, but from its avant-garde lines and British charm.
Yes, you’ll feel like James Bond rolling around in the XJ, or at least his chauffeur. Up front there’s a powerful grille that’s flanked by two cat-like eyes that taper back into a gorgeous body. The only odd feature is the blacked-out C-pillar found on some models, which ruins what is otherwise a perfect roofline.
Looks aside, the XJ also offers some very exciting engines. There are three flavors to choose from, all of them V-8. The base XJ gets a...
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