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2003 Jaguar XJ-Series

  • 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Sport Sedan

    Sport Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/290
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $59,330
  • 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Super Sedan

    Super Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      370/387
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $79,330
  • 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas Sedan

    Vanden Plas Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/290
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $68,330
  • 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 Sedan

    XJ8 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/290
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $56,330
  • 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series XJR Sedan

    XJR Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      370/387
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $71,830
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2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

Wait for a new flagship to drift along.

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Overview

The 2003 XJ-Series is the largest sedan and the flagship in Jaguar’s lineup. This is the last year for this generation. Jaguar revealed at the Paris Motor Show in late 2002 a remodeled XJ that will be released as a 2004 model. The 2003 model receives some new package options and a few other modest changes.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJ8, Jaguar XJ Sport, Jaguar Vanden Plas, Jaguar Super V9, Jaguar XJR

What's New

The XJ8 model now has the option of adding a Sovereign Package, which offers an amazing Alpine Premium sound system with a six-CD changer, heated front and rear seats, wood and leather steering and gearshift knob, boxwood-inlaid walnut trim, chrome grille and splitter, chrome mirror wheel caps, chrome door handles, and special wheels. It can also be equipped with the R1 Performance Package, which includes Brembo brakes, stainless steel braided brake hoses, cross-drilled rotors, four-pot calipers, and 18-inch modular wheels.

Exterior

The 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series is very distinct and large with a long profile. It has the signature Jaguar grille, with its long vertical bars, and it comes with standard 16-inch tires and 17- and 18-inch wheels available on the sport models. All models come with a sunroof, front and rear fog lamps, variable defogger, variable intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more.

Interior

The 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series is as luxurious as expected from the Jaguar line. It seats five passengers with plenty of room to spare. The surfaces are covered in supple leather, burl walnut wood trim, and aluminum to give everything an elegant look. The back seat area really benefits from the super long wheelbase length. The extended wheelbase also provides the back seat with larger doors. The Vanden Plas and Super V-8 models get a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-grain leather upholstery, lamb’s wool floor mats, and inlaid wood trim. The front seats have walnut picnic trays on their backs. Cargo capacity in the trunk measures 12.7 cubic feet, which is a little smaller than average within this class.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series comes equipped with a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 280 horsepower. This engine is installed in the XJ8, XJ Sport, and Vanden Plas models. A supercharged version of the same 4.0 V-8 is installed in the Super V-8 and the XJR models. This engine produces 358 horsepower. Both engine types are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The XJ-Series offers a memorable and relaxing ride. The most enjoyable of all, perhaps, is the Vanden Plas, a vehicle that might seem lazy when started, but soon springs to life. Passing and merging onto the freeway, even with all the extra weight, is easy. The automatic transmission makes smooth transitions no matter how fast drivers are going. The handling of all the models is exceptional, but more so in the sport models. Even though the vehicle is large, sight lines are perfect throughout. All the seats feel plush and luxurious. The suspension will handle almost anything the open road will throw at it without any complaints from the back seat.

Safety

The 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series has a slew of safety features, even though it is an aging model. It comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front-side mounted airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, front fog lamps, dusk sensing headlamps, front seatbelt pretensioners, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and an emergency trunk release. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS for 2003.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 sedan: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJ-Series XJ Sport sedan: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas sedan: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJ-Series Super V-8 sedan: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJ-Series XJR: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful supercharged V-8
  • Sport XJR
  • Lovely and seductive styling
  • Sport-tuned suspension

You Won't Like

  • Interior too cramped
  • Aged vehicle structure

Sum Up

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