The new Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury is one of the most sophisticated, attractive, and distinctive saloons ever to grace the British highways. This latest incarnation of the XJ is a major departure from its predecessor in terms of style, capability, and feel. It represents a break from the past and is a clear attempt to appeal to a new market.
The XJ 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury sits in the middle of the range, and has a list price of £64,900 or £67,900 for the long wheelbase variant. For this rather considerable sum motorists benefit from the 379bhp V6 engine that propels the five meter XJ to 60mph in only 5.5 seconds. Top speed is a highly credible 155mph, but the downside is it only averages 24mpg. Best invest in a petrol station too then.
Now, it goes without saying that the new Jaguar XJ 5.0 Premium Luxury has exceptional handling. Despite the sheer bulk it feels nimble and eager to please and the noteworthy body control and precise steering inspire confidence. The ride is also extremely smooth so this aluminium bodied beauty is as comfortable as it is capable. The only potential issue is squeezing this beast through narrow streets where it can feel larger than an ocean liner.
Standard XJ 5.0 Premium Luxury equipment includes dynamic stability control, six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, and the electric parking brake with automatic drive-away release. It also has cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a power boot lid for effortless access to the 520-litre storage area. Options include adaptive front lights to help motorists travel forwards and a reversing camera to help them go backwards.
The Jaguar XJ 5.0 Premium Luxury is clearly a highly accomplished vehicle that - thanks to its prestige, handling characteristics, and probable reliability - deserves to sell better than sliced bread. It is also more evidence that Jaguar has left the past behind and is ready to compete with the Germans in the twenty-first century. Long live the new XJ.