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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
...Makes the competitive German products look positively Amish...
Wall Street Journal
...The 1,200-watt (15-channel) Bowers & Wilkins upgrade with 20 yellow-cone Kevlar speakers sprinkled throughout the cabin will surely send you straight to the otologist – yes, it sounds as good as it reads on paper.
The central touch screen is painfully slow; I have no programming training whatsoever, and I could teach myself to write code in Farsi in the time it takes to adjust the stereo volume.
Why not give the driver several gauge cluster designs to toggle among?
Car and Driver
...Ingenious, engaging and informative, advantages that more than make up for its faint aura of cheapness.
The 2012 Jaguar XJ may come in three power levels and two lengths, but all versions are saturated with luxury and entertainment features, with special attention paid to the ultra-exclusive Supersport edition.
With base prices just above $70,000, you'd expect the XJ to come with some seriously upscale hardware, and it does. Standard equipment includes navigation with voice control; Bluetooth and a USB port; a panoramic sunroof; an AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/HD/Sirius/30GB hard drive audio system; and automatic climate control. There's also heated and ventilated front seats, and on the long-wheelbase XJL, quad-zone climate control.
To keep the richest buyers coddled, the top versions of the XJ offer new luxury packs with massaging rear seats, power rear seatbacks, heated and ventilated rear seats, and distinctive leather trim. Meanwhile, enthusiasts will be pleased with new Speed and Sport & Speed packs that add red brake calipers, new 20-inch wheels, and adjust the speed limiter to allow a top speed of 174 mph.The most impressive option, our favorite, is the 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins audiophile system. It's an orgy for technophiles--and superior in its class, up with the Bang & Olufsen system in the Aston Martin Rapide for its sonic and visual impact.
But perhaps the most important feature is Jaguar's new premium owner care. The company pays for everything you'll use except gas and tires for the first five years or 50,000 miles--and extends the same coverage to buyers of other new Jaguars, too.
Very few features are unavailable on the 2012 Jaguar XJ--you can get a massage in the back seat and listen to some of the best in-car audio on the planet, if you like.