2012 Jaguar XJ vs. Its Competition

2012 Jaguar XJ 4-door Sedan XJL Supercharged Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

With its radical new looks, the 2012 Jaguar XJ fits into an evolving class of sleekly reimagined, high-end luxury sedans.

You could opt for a ritzier, more technologically inclined Audi A8--or get just as many frills with the lissome, lighter Audi A7.

A Mercedes-Benz S-Class beats the XJ on prestige and safety features, but it's not as striking, leaving that chore to the lesser, but more beautiful CLS.

Lastly, we'd suggest a relative bargain in this group, the Infiniti M56.

With just a V-8, it's nearly the breakout performer of the group thanks to excellent handling, and its interior is a graceful piece of design with a touch of silver dust on top, if you're in an extravagant mood.

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Quick Specs
8.8
Cutting its ties with its illustrious and not so charmed past, the 2012 Jaguar XJ now rocks a swinging style that really suits its dynamic handling.
8.8
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel.
9.0
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy.
8.8
The 2012 Infiniti M56 delivers the performance of a true super-sedan, plus impressive comfort, all in a assertive but graceful design inside and out.
8.4
Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
9.2
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
MSRP From     
$73,700$78,750$59,250$59,200$71,300$91,850
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
Large CarLargeMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompactLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige56 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic