The Jag's shape is its ace in the hole compared to others in its class.
All three German competitors offer similarly styled masterpieces, although they're all just a smidge smaller.
The Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupes are gorgeous shapes, but those may not be direct competitors to the Jaguar.
Instead, the A8, S Class, and 7-Series all square off against the XJ.
Each one occupies a distinct niche in the market: Audi has standard and very good all-wheel drive, Mercedes-Benz's S Class can be optioned all the way to more than $200,000 in Maybach trim, the 7-Series is a little more tech-centric and now available with a V-12.
Each can be the perfect tool for their own job, and the XJ is a bit of an outlier in that three-horse race.
The Lexus LS and Infiniti Q70 are also outliers, but neither have the cachet of the Jag.
The LS is meticulous in its details, and the Q70 has a hybrid powertrain, but both don't have the same presence on the road.
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|2017 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2017 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2017 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars|
|XJ R-Sport RWD||3.0 TFSI||740i Sedan||S 550e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||quattro LWB Sedan||Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2017 Jaguar XJ vs. 2017 Audi A8||2017 Jaguar XJ vs. 2017 BMW 7-Series||2017 Jaguar XJ vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class|