2010 TG Awards: Luxury Car of the Year
Beijing’s Forbidden City also serves as a spacious car park for the new Jaguar XJ…
Posted: 18 Jan 2011
At last, a genuinely ambitious Jaguar, a blast from the future rather than the past, and previewed - oh, the irony - in a stately home with a long gravelled driveway. Humour, you see. "You've got a major eye on Asia with this, haven't you?" I said to design boss Ian Callum at the time. "Not really," he replied. I still don't believe him.
Anyway, we've driven the XJ a lot since then - in the UK, the US, France, the Atlas mountains, as well as around China's legislative and historical capital - and not only do we love it, we love it enough to anoint it our luxury car of the year. That rear end still isn't working for me, but in a sector of the market that's otherwise hidebound by generally conservative design solutions, the XJ cuts the sort of swathe through urban and motorway traffic that makes you wonder what other car companies think they're playing at.