2012 Jaguar XJ Safety

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There's no crash-test data for this year's Jaguar XJ, but along with the usual required safety gear, it has some--but not all--of the latest in-car safety technology to make the next drive a safer one.

The basics include the mandated front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; active headrests and tire-pressure monitors. The XJ's stability control has a sport mode, which lets drivers enjoy a little more wheelspin for sporty driving.

It makes do without some of the very latest technology and crash-test scores are lacking, but the Jaguar XJ has all the essentials for good safety.

Despite all that, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet tested the latest XJ. We've given it high safety marks because of its construction techniques--the panels are glued and riveted together for a very strong passenger cell, much in the same way airplanes are built.

For advanced features, the XJ gets a standard rearview camera, which augments a view that's a little compromised by the XJ's big roof pillars. There's also a blind-spot alert system that blinks an alert in the sideview mirrors when cars approach in side lanes. Adaptive cruise control is option. However, Jaguar doesn't offer lane-keeping systems or night vision, or features now found on rivals from Mercedes and BMW.

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