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Jaguar XJ L: refinement and ride-quality

A new standard in executive comfort, the Jaguar XJ L is a joy to drive, or to be a passenger in, says Andrew Frankel

Jaguar XJ L 3.0D Premium Luxury

This model from £63,780

Mercedes and Audi luxury saloons may be as quiet and well-built, but none is better at making you feel at home than the Jaguar XJ. Thanks to its unique fusion of traditional materials such as wood, leather and chrome with state-of-the-art dials and spectacularly funky interior design, the big Jag provides a home from home, or at least from the home you’d like to live in.

For a further £3,000, there’s no real argument against choosing the long-wheelbase version for it turns the XJ from a luxury car into a proper limo that will delight anyone lucky enough to travel in its sumptuous and beautifully appointed rear seats. Options here include airline-style reclining seats that are heated and cooled and boast a massage function and business trays. Not forgetting the two 10.2-inch dual LCD screens with wireless headphones. For all UK users, the fast and frugal diesel motor is the only sensible option.


  • Engine: 2993cc, 6bhp
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 6.4sec


  • Claimed economy: 44.1mpg
  • VED: Group H
  • Insurance Group: 48 (1=low, 50=high)

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