ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
When this rear-wheel-drive British luxury sedan changed its name from XJ6 to XJ8, it heralded a switch to a new V8 engine. A five-speed automatic transmission contributes to a smooth and spirited drivetrain, making this Jaguar more competitive with premium models from BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes. The ride was already one of the most comfortable in the world. Accommodations are a bit tight for this class, however. For more rear seating, consider the extended-wheelbase L model. Also available is the high-performance model, the supercharged XJR, as well as the even more luxurious Vanden Plas with the supercharged engine.