Boasting a smooth ride, a luxurious cabin and excellent performance for a luxury Sedan, the 2008 Jaguar XJ is available in five trim levels – the base XJ8, the XJ8 L with a longer wheelbase, the performance-minded XJR, the Vanden Plas and the Super V8. The XJ features a standard 300 horsepower 4.2-liter V8, with the XJR and the Super V8 getting an additional power boost to 400 horsepower. All feature a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes front/side-body/side-head airbags, ABS brakes, traction control, climate control and navigation.Read more Read less
Jaguar's big XJ luxury sedan gets a number of cosmetic changes inside and out for 2008. The front end has been revised, there's a new rear aero spoiler, a rear chrome strip, and a restyled rear bumper, and there are new "power vents" gracing the car's sides. The standard wheel size has been increased to 19 inches, and three new exterior colors are added to the lineup. Inside, all models get a new seat design with "sew-style" trim and a standard heated function with optional cooling, along with the advantage of increased rear legroom. Also, the Bluetooth hands-free interface can now pair up to five phones.
Strong acceleration; plush ride; fuel efficiency compared to rivals; back-seat space (LWB models).
With an enhanced appearance for 2008, Jaguar's XJ sedans offer a uniquely British look and feel compared to the luxury competition, and the long-wheelbase models in particular offer vast back-seat space without significantly sacrificing maneuverability. According to Jaguar, the long wheelbase XJ models are the longest in their class--longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. Acceleration and handling with either the standard engine or the supercharged engine is impressive, as is fuel-efficiency, and the ride is as smooth as any rival's.