2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Sport & Speed Review

By on August 23, 2012
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A powerful combination of style and authority.

Good: Beautiful design that exudes power and luxury; incredible performance from the engine and myriad of driver assists; pleasant ambient lighting and quality materials; pleasurable experience for driver and passengers.
Bad: All digital speedometer seems out of place; gas guzzler.
Price: AED 479,000 (starting)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Jaguar XJ has been the quintessential British luxury car in pop culture ever since the first one launched 44 years ago. And after four decades of the same design that was originally influenced by Sir Williams Lyons himself, one of the company’s co-founders, the XJ finally had a complete makeover.

Fashioned by their current Design Director, Ian Callum, who has largely influenced the new design changes for the majority of their fleet, the XJ finally steps into the 21st century.

Gone is the sloping arch or the long hood and boot, the lowered stance accentuated by the thin wide body and round headlights. Instead what we now have is an awe-inspiring combination of elegant lines wrapped over muscular edges. The new XJ has a very aggressive profile, while managing to look sublime at the same time. Cover it in matt black on a dark and rainy day and the XJ will look perfectly at home in Gotham City.

When looking at it from the front, you’ll notice the resemblance between the XJ and the XF, however due to the sharper edging of the headlights and the wider grill the XJ has a more aggressive fascia.

Move to the sides and you’ll be aware of how large the XJL truly is, with the huge doors and 20-inch Venom alloy wheels, and the long-wheelbase itself measuring a massive 124-inches. The slanting windows towards the rear end are further elongated as the rear glass stretches out onto the boot.

The blackened D pillars with the thin chrome outline for the window sills and the rear glass flowing on from there on gives the XJ a very deceptive look whereby it doesn’t feel as long as it is. The long taillights stretch out from the top and expand near the base to finish off the classy, and completely unique, look of the XJ.

There is absolutely no angle from which the XJL does not look beautiful, everything seems to be sculpted to express empowerment.

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