2012 Jaguar XJ: Video Road Test and Review
The most basic Jaguar XJ is powered by a 5.0 Liter V8 that produces a more than adequate 385 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque that can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.4 seconds while returning an estimated 16 MPG in the city and as much as 23 MPG on the highway. The base XJ rides on a set of 19 inch Aleutian alloy wheels while the rest of the exterior is dressed up with HID headlamps and the Jag’s signature LED tail lamps as well as a panoramic sunroof that sheds a little more light on the soft grain leather upholstery, morzine headliner and Phosphor Blue Halo mood lighting. In car entertainment consists of a high definition 8 inch color touch screen display with hard drive based navigation and AM/FM/XM/CD/DVD HD radio with 30 GB of hard drive storage and USB audio inputs as well as Bluetooth hands free connectivity starting at $73,700.
The $80,700 XJL Portfolio gets a few less MPG, but has an extra 5 inches of legroom for rear seat passengers making it an even more spacious luxury limousine thanks to the stretched wheelbase. Jaguar XJLs ride on a set of 19 inch Toba alloys and get massaging front seats trimmed with contrasting stitching, piping and feline Leapers embossed on the headrests, the headliner is upgraded to a premium suedecloth material and rear passengers get sunblinds.
The more powerful XJ & XJL Supercharged get their names from the blown 5.0 Liter V8 under the hood, pumping compressed air into the combustion chamber to produce 470 HP and 424 lb-ft of torque, which is capable of accelerating the enhanced XJs from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds while getting 15 MPG around town and 21 MPG on the highway. The Supercharged models ride on 20 inch Kasuga rollers which spin in unison thanks to a sports inspired active differential while a 20 speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system handles the in car entertainment while the extra 5 inches built into the XJL allow for the addition of back seat business trays; starting at $88,600.
The top of the line XJ & XJL Supersport receive a few tweaks to bump output up to a total of 510 HP and 461 lb-ft of torque, but is still good for 15 MPG in the city and 21 MPG at speed and will go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.7 seconds. Supersport XJs ride on a set of 20 inch Mataiva alloys and receive semi-aniline leather upholstery with a softgrain leather headliner as well as a combination of wood and cowhide covering the steering wheel; just to start, while the back is upgraded with a rear seat entertainment system complete with a pair of 8 inch LCD screens mounted in the front headrests with touch screen remotes and two sets of wireless headphones. Long wheelbase Supersport owners also get rear seats that recline, massage and adjust to their passengers delight, starting at $111,200.