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The Top Gear car review:Jaguar XJ

Overall verdict
This is a lovely big limo. So svelte, it can even make a politician look cool.


Radical styling and the best big limo to drive


Radical styling and the smallest big limo to sit in the back of


What is it?

Jaguar’s futuristic range-topping saloon remains a striking car, even three years after launch. For 2014 it was tweaked, with subtly honed suspension settings, better sat nav, a standard eight-speed auto with stop-start plus big improvements in diesel efficiency. Now it’s been facelifted again, with revised engines and interior tech, full-LED headlights and more distinctive ‘J-blade’ daytime running lights. 

The XJR is still around, with its 550bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and Merc-AMG-like attitude. But now there’s a R-Sport model for those who want the looks but not the fuel bills. There’s a new top-of-the-line Autobiography trim too, for those who like to spend no less than six figures. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.0 V8 Supercharged XJR 4dr Auto
4.4s 264g/km 25.5 550 £90,600
The cheapest
3.0d V6 XJ50 4dr Auto
5.9s 185g/km 40.4 306 £72,985
The greenest
3.0d V6 XJ50 4dr Auto
5.9s 185g/km 40.4 306 £72,985
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