The radically reimagined Jaguar XJ now has better efficiency and all-wheel drive, and it's a more well-rounded option in the executive-luxury sedan segment.
For alternatives, there's the sexy Audi A7 and its stunning, swift S7 companion piece--or the more traditional-looking A8, in short- and long-wheelbase form.
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.
The new BMW 6-Series Gran Sport takes the four-door coupe idea to a bulkier conclusion, and to our eyes, it's the least sultry-looking of that subset.
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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|15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Supercharged Gas V6||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||N/A||Turbocharged Gas V8|
|Large Car||Large||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||N/A||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.0L||4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige||2-Door Coupe 640i||N/A||4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||N/A||Automatic|