The most luxurious Jaguar on sale right now is also a testament to the fact that timeless designs last longer than you and I can imagine. The Indian version is the long-wheelbase model, and has been the go-to car for those who want style, comfort, and a bit of exclusivity, too. It’s is not as strong a numbers game as that of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or even the BMW 7 Series, but the XJ still appeals unlike nothing on the market.
The XJ’s sleek styling eventually made to the rest of the Jaguar range, but even when parked aside its lesser family members, the car stands out. Of course, its length has a lot to do with the presence, but the swooping roof, imposing front, and distinctive rear design make it one of a kind. The low slung car makes a statement every time it’s on the move, so much so that even while sharing space with cars newer and more imposing, it manages to grab the onlookers’ attention.
As far as cabins go, the XJ’s isn’t bad, but in comparison to its new-age rivals, it does lack a bit. That is largely because neither is the car equipped with things like overly large screens that take up almost the whole of dashboard nor does it come with features like gesture control. But through its quilted upholstery and the sporty dashboard design, the XJ makes up for everything it loses to its rivals. The circular AC vents go well with the rest of the design, and the chrome surrounds on almost everything you see further add class to the overall look. That the rear seat is comfortable would be a gross understatement.
While the line up abroad benefits from a wider range of engines, the XJ in India is offered only with a 3-litre V6 powerplant. The engine produces 302 bhp and 689 Nm. Despite its size, Jaguar says that the nearly two-tonne XJ can do a 0-100 kmph in 6.2 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 250 kmph. The maximum torque is available from 1800 rpm onwards, which is a respite — and the reason behind the Jaguar XJ’s respectable performance.
Jaguar has kept the XJ line fairly simple in India. There are three trims to choose from: Portfolio, Premium Luxury, and XJ50. The latter is a celebration of the XJ line’s 50th anniversary. The Jaguar XJ Portfolio is listed at Rs 1.1 crore, ex-showroom.
There are two major rivals at the moment for the XJ: the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. They both are newer and offer more in terms of features and model range. The new Audi A8 is also expected to reach the Indian market soon. Needless to say, it will come equipped with the latest tech out there.
Timeless beauty and a good amount of character Fairly priced for what it is
Rivals offer more features Not the newest out there