2011 Jaguar XJ-L – Car Pro review

Even for someone who loves cars like I do, $113,000 for a car generally seems out of line.  Key word here is generally, because the new 2011 Jaguar XJ-L breaks the mold.  I would go out on a limb here and say that if you are going to spend in the six-figure range for a car, this is one of the best buys out there.  That’s a big statement, I understand that.

The new 2011 Jaguar XJ-L that I had last week was incredible from bumper to bumper and roof to road.  It starts under the hood with a 510-horse Supercharged V8.  When combined with the ultra-light body of this car, its acceleration has to be similar to that of the space shuttle, and it is effortless.

The 2011 Jaguar XJ-L makes a statement at first glance and you instantly know it is a Jaguar, but not in a necessarily bold way, you just know the lines could not be any other car.  People flock to this car and have a natural curiosity.

The interior is pure Jag luxury, yet for a Jaguar it is very contemporary.  My test car had a parchment interior which was quite yellow with blue carpet and a lot of blue accents.  It was stunning from the moment you opened the door.  I can’t do the dash justice trying to explain the virtual gauge cluster.  It is animated completely; super high-end graphics that make you just stare at them.

Jaguar technology is state-of-the-art with a 6-speed automatic transmission, dynamic stability control, smartkey push button start, Bluetooth, navigation with a 30GB hard drive that operates everything through a crystal clear 8-inch touch-screen monitor.  The standard panoramic sunroof will provide sunshine for both front and rear passengers separately.

The test vehicle was the stretch model Supersport, which designates the largest of the engine families.  I can tell you that this car even with the standard 5.0 liter which only has 385-horses, would have been a blast and a wonderful luxury car.  The addition of the 125-horses in the Supersport only make it better.

The Bowers and Wilkins stereo system is as good as I have ever experienced and pumps out a deafening 1200 watts.  From a safety standpoint, the 2011 Jaguar XJ-L has it all…Xenon headlights, front and side airbags for both driver and passenger, and side curtain airbags.

This is a car you don’t have to choose between a true sports car and a true luxury car.  The price is steep, but you get both cars in one and I can make the case that the car is a good buy for those who want to spend that kind of money.

What I liked most:  Looks, engine, and interior

What I would change if I could: I have racked my brain.  NOTHING.

MSRP as tested: $113,000.

Fuel Economy: Rated at 15 city/21 highway but does it really matter?

2011 Jaguar XJ-L in a few words: A beast of a sports car in a luxury cars body.


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