2011 Jaguar XJ Overview
After going through a major redesign last year, the 2011 Jaguar XJ full-size luxury sedan continues on with unsurpassed refinement and power.
The 2011 XJ is Jaguar’s flagship sedan and is available in a wide variation of trim levels: base XJ, extended-length XJL, XJ/XJL Supercharged and special order XJ/XJL Supersport. The XJ and XJL are powered by a 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, while the Supercharged trim receives a 470-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The Supersport tops that with a 510-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 and a 4.7 second 0-60 time. Each option is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual mode.
Depending upon which engine you opt for, the 2011 Jaguar XJ receives 15-16 mpg in the city and 21-23 mpg on the highway. Part of the reason for the XJ’s impressive fuel economy is its lightweight aluminum body. Competition in the full-size luxury sedan segment includes the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Lexus LS 460. A rear spoiler, vertical taillights, and blacked-out C-pillars, accentuates the coupe-like exterior. The XJ rests on 19-inch wheels, an air-spring suspension, and automatically controlled shock absorbers for a more comfortable ride.
On the inside, the 2011 Jaguar XJ is a breath of fresh modern air. The JaguarDrive gear selector pops up from the center console once the engine is turned on. Virtual gauges are displayed in classic analog fashion on a 12.3-inch screen. A premium 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system is standard on the Supercharged and Supersport models. An eight-inch touch-screen displays vehicle functions ranging from audio and video to navigation and climate control. For tech-minded folk, hard drive-based audio and navigation systems, as well as audio and video connectivity abound.
Contributing to the 2011 XJ’s luxurious trappings, rich leather is present on the steering wheel, dashboard and seats, while heated and ventilated front seats come standard (ventilated rear seats are optional). A panoramic glass roof is also standard, while a carbon fiber dashboard and door insert is optional. Trunk volume is 15.2 cubic feet and the long-wheelbase version gets an extra five inches of backseat legroom.
The 2011 Jaguar XJ is not only extremely stylish and fast, but safe too. Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and active front seat belts that tighten under heavy braking or aggressive cornering are standard equipment. A blind spot warning system is optional.
With classically modern styling and numerous engines that pack a wallop, the 2011 Jaguar XJ full-size luxury sedan is the definition of luxury.