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 XJL is powered by same 5-liter third generation AJ-V8 engine used in most high-end Jaguars and Range/ Land Rovers. In this case the engine is supercharged, producing 463HP @ 6,000RPM and a massive 575Nm of torque @ 2,500 – 5,500RPM. That’s enough to launch the surprisingly light (for its size) 1.9 ton car from 0 – 100kmph in just 5.2 seconds! Of course, a lot of this is down to the

As usual you can hear the 5.0 liter V8 rumble when it’s idling and whenever you push it ever so slightly to move forward. Depress the accelerator and the Jaguar XJL just glides forward with a tempered growl, and before you even realize you’ll be cruising from 100kmph to just under 200kmph.

Floor the XJL and the whine of the supercharger kicks in just before 3000RPM as you’re sinking into the seats, presumably while being messaged and listening to Beethoven’s 9th symphony, oblivious as everything around you becomes a blur and the road stretches to infinity and you’re touching 250kmph. Sadly there aren’t many roads in UAE that will allow such pleasure, but you know it can be done.

The fuel economy is, obviously, not so good. Even the slightest touch and I was seeing numbers well past 30 L/100km whenever the RPM went over 2K. Cruising between 110kmph to 115kmph on Sheikh Zayed Road resulted in an average economy of 9 – 11 L/100km. Understandably the fuel tank was filled up with AED 140 on Super 95 fuel.

The long-wheelbase of the XJL creates a lot of body roll on high-turn corners; not unexpected for a car this huge, which basically meant that it wasn’t as fun as the XFR. But then again, the XJL isn’t meant for that kind of driving either.

The 2012 XJL personifies power, luxury and style in one complete package, no wonder the British Prime minister uses it as the official state car. The price tag is high, but what you get is something that’s so unique on the roads of UAE, the prestige factor quadruples instantly. And once you sit inside, whether driving it or being driven, the Jaguar XJL will bring a smile to your face and make you feel special no matter where you are.

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