First drive review of all three UK models, plus exclusive video
26 February 2010

Autocar has driven every Jaguar XJ that will go on sale in the UK - and you can also watch an exclusive video review of the best-selling 3.0 V6 model.

To read the first drive reviews follow the links below.

Jaguar XJ first drive reviews:

Jaguar XJ 3.0D V6 Portfolio LWB

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 Portfolio LWB

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 Supersport

Alternatively, to watch the video follow the link below:

Watch the Jaguar XJ on video

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ is a thoroughly modern luxury saloon, and a brilliantly capable one

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26 February 2010

Saw one of these in action back in December last year, lovely car, can't wait to go and look at one once they are out.

26 February 2010

Hi, I've never seen an uglier Jaguar. It's nickname should be "Maseraudi". The front end looks like a Maserati Quattroporte, from the sides, looks like an Audi A6 and the rear lights taken from the current Lancia Delta or Citroen C4 sedan 4 door sold in Spain. The dash has nothing from the Jaguar tradition. It's a pitty, because they have done a great job with the XF. Regards, FGU

26 February 2010

The panel gaps at the front still scream.......

26 February 2010

I've got to admit, despite the horrible rear, this car is deeply impressive. If you look at the way it handles at 02:15 in the video, it's clearly got a chassis to rival the 7-Series.

The boot needs sorting out, but I can't help but be attracted to the thing since it offers a bit more space than its sibling XF, but weighs at worst only 1kg more.

The presenter in this Autocar film is also very good. Another fine video from them, and on that front - apart from a few of Chris Harris's EVO vids - Autocar probably offers the best content of all the websites.

26 February 2010

ok after this audi a8 is the best the interior is the worst of the four (a8,7serie,S class)

26 February 2010

[quote inthebin]The panel gaps at the front still scream.......[/quote]

I have noticed the same on new 7 Series as well. Must be something to do with new pedestrian impact laws dictating the front grille has to be within the 'soft' front bumper. Otherwise a stunning car that is very different and exactly what Jag needed.

Maybe the Prime Minister will get one as the new company chariot!

26 February 2010

[quote JS15278]ok after this audi a8 is the best the interior is the worst of the four (a8,7serie,S class)[/quote]

Does this mean you like it?...........

26 February 2010

[quote VirginPower] it's clearly got a chassis to rival the 7-Series.[/quote]

I hope not. The 7 rides like a skateboard. Jags handle and ride well, not one or the other as per the german recipe.

26 February 2010

I'm still not sure about the half baked looks, particularly the rear which is just too reminiscent of the Morris Marina Coupe for comfort.

I realise it took some months for the E65 7-Series to look distinctive, if not attractive, but manufacturers in this segment have finally gotten over themselves: look at the new 5-Series, look at any recent Audi or the new Benz. Just as everyone's packed away the party frocks along comes a Jaguar that does away with the staid looks that everyone is now using.

It'll sell to the Chinese I'm sure.

26 February 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]

I'm still not sure about the half baked looks, particularly the rear which is just too reminiscent of the Morris Marina Coupe for comfort.

I realise it took some months for the E65 7-Series to look distinctive, if not attractive, but manufacturers in this segment have finally gotten over themselves: look at the new 5-Series, look at any recent Audi or the new Benz. Just as everyone's packed away the party frocks along comes a Jaguar that does away with the staid looks that everyone is now using.

It'll sell to the Chinese I'm sure.

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I didn't like any off the cars you mentioned when any of them first appeared. All eventally grew on me and I now find the staid looks of the most recent cars a retrograde step. I must confess I find the looks of this new XJ somewhat challanging but bear in mind Jaguar have been hammered in the past for overly conservitive design. If I can grow to like a Bangle BM (which I now do) there's a good chance I'll grow to love the looks of this new XJ. As for the car its self, from what I've read the Jag's interior, dynamics, comfort, class and refinement are going to make this a class leader.

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