The current Jaguar XJ was radically different a couple of years ago when it was redesigned, and it remains an outlier today.
And with better efficiency and all-wheel drive introduced last year, plus a new XJR this year, it's an especially strong competitor if you want a break from the other executive-class luxury offerings.
The Audi A7 and its stunning, swift S7 companion piece are the sexiest rivals from Germany; or you could include the more traditional-looking A8, in short- and long-wheelbase form.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all-new for 2014, but it doesn't break with tradition and continues to up the technology ante, as it's done for decades.
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.
An outlier and relative bargain is the Infiniti Q70 (formerly the Q56); it's a breakout performer but far less refined than the others.
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