2017 Jaguar XJ vs. Its Competition

2017 Jaguar XJ
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2017 Jaguar XJ carries forward the luxury banner from the British automaker in a way that we appreciate—swaddled in leather, massaged all the way.
8.0
The 2017 Audi S8 is the super sedan by which others are measured.
8.6
The 2017 BMW 7-Series has a deceivingly conservative wrapper for its radically reengineered underpinnings and tech-centric cabin.
8.4
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup is more diverse than it's ever been and is still the benchmark by which all full-size luxury cars should be measured.
MSRP From   
$74,400$82,500$81,500$96,600
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
XJ R-Sport RWD3.0 TFSI740i SedanS 550e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sedanquattro LWB SedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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