Standard equipment includes Jaguar’s base V8, with 5.0 liters displacement, making 385 HP, driving through a six-speed automatic by ZF, with paddle shifters that are activated when you turn the round Jaguar shifter to the Sport position. Stability control is standard as is a winter mode control. This XJ comes with what Jaguar calls a “panoramic” glass roof. The Portfolio package gives an additional 5” of wheelbase, heated and cooled 20-way power front seats with massage, heated and cooled rear seats, plus four zone climate control with individual controls for the back seat passengers. The front seats store up to three position memories. There are also front fender vents with “Portfolio” badges. There are twenty inch “Orona” style wheels and wood trim, which sweeps from one back door around the front of the cabin to the other back door.
Blind spot monitors, multiple air bags and active head restraints are among the standard safety features. Infotainment is handled by an audiophile quality Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity, a 30 gig hard drive, and a navigation system, controlled through a 8 inch touch screen that is as frustrating as every reviewer says it is. This XJ has a more traditional looking dashboard design, so to give us a little theater, in addition to the rising shifter when you power up, when you unlock the doors, the side mirrors rotate from their retracted parking position.
This car doesn’t just smell good, it feels good too. Car interiors are designed to fit just about 99% of people.
This is a fabulous looking car inside and out. Everyone who sees it just gushes with enthusiasm. The car makes a visual statement. This XJ is a big car to begin with and this stretched version came in an impossible to miss Polaris white paint...stunning.
This is not just a vehicle, it is an experience.