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Test complete video: 2011 Jaguar XJ review

Consumer Reports News: July 21, 2011 08:38 AM

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There’s no denying that the redesigned 2011 Jaguar XJ has a great body. Even by moving away from the traditional Jaguar sedan styling, the big cat still gets lots of looks.

But the Jaguar is not just form over function. Instead, the XJ has become a thoroughly modern luxury sedan that manages to be both sporty and relaxing. The 385-hp, 5.0-liter V8 delivers excellent performance and emits a muted, muscular rumble. The XJ also handles with agility and grace while delivering a smooth, supple, and well-controlled ride.

Inside, the driver and passengers are treated to an exceptionally plush cabin, with details and luxury features that truly fit the quiet, tasteful interior. The front seats are firm-some testers even called them hard-and narrower and more tailored than some people might expect from a luxury sedan. One neat feature: The front seats have a massage function that kneads the lumbar and bottom cushion. Only four adults fit comfortably in the XJ, though, and head room is a little stingy, making the cabin feel snug for larger people.

Some controls are confusing and not particularly well arranged, and the trunk is quite small for a large car.

Still, the XJ makes for a great date-night car.

Check out our video below, giving a further review of the Jaguar XJ. And continue on to see our complete road test and Full Track Report.

Mike Quincy

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