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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$66,884
BASE MSRP
$72,700
Quick Take
The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality. Read more »
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On any aesthetic scale you'd care to calibrate—modernity, chic, formal grace, raw carnality—this thing simply obliterates the competition, just grinds their bones.

Wall Street Journal »

[It] has the flamboyant lines of an Italian torpedo...

Car and Driver »

While many other long wheelbase vehicles appear mildly out of proportion, in Jaguar's case the stretch makes an already sexy XJ even more sensuous.

Autoblog »

The most stylish cabin in the world today? I wouldn't disagree.

Motor Trend »

...It looks entirely different, as if a Maserati Quattroporte was somehow crossbred with the ghost of David Niven and a pair of Victoria Beckham's pants.

Jalopnik »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$72,700 $113,200
MSRP $72,700
INVOICE $66,884 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Sedan
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V8, 5.0L
EPA Class Large Car
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

Scratch those ideas and notions you've been harboring about Jaguar as past its prime. It's only just coming into it. The XK? Fantastic on all fronts. The XF? A stunner, and a true challenger to the E-Class and 5-Series, at long last.

But what about the big, frumpy XJ? Ah, that's the best hook of the story. Jaguar's ditched the XJ's old hoop skirts and semi-Victorian garb for some ultra-chic evening wear, convincingly evoking swinging London and hipster L.A. more than anything you've ever seen wearing its initials.

Frankly, it's long overdue--the XJ felt completely modern when it switched to an aluminum body in 2004--but now it's at long last a stunning, sexy sedan true to the current Jaguar form. And with the sheen of performance layered on by a marvelous 5.0-liter V-8, it's at the very top of any luxury sedan shopper's must-drive list.

Likes:

  • Youthful, exuberant styling inside and out
  • Rippling, muscular V-8 engines
  • A high-tech playground for drivers and passengers
  • Feels light-years lighter than other luxury four-doors

Dislikes:

  • D-pillar styling: do you have anything other than black?
  • Back-seat space isn't as spacious as expected; neither's the trunk room
  • Dash dances a fine line between glamour and glitz
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