The XJ designation has been used for a range of luxury saloon models from the British carmaker, Jaguar. These models were first introduced in 1968 and are still in production. They have been the flagship models from Jaguar throughout its lifetime. The first three series were sold from 1968 through 1992. The first series included models from 1968 through 1973.
The 2005 models received a slight redesign with a wider stance than the previous models. These were noted for its luxurious amenities, quiet ride, and impressive performance.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Jaguar XJ8, Jaguar XJ8 L, Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas, Jaguar XJR, Jaguar XJ Super V8
Jaguar does a slight exterior redesign for the 2005 XJ. The cab is moved forward a bit from previous models and the overhang is shorter. The windshield is at more of an angle for a more aerodynamic look. The new models now have aluminum-intensive construction for stronger, more dynamic response. The new XJ is 60 percent stronger, and the body is 40 percent lighter. Other additions cancelled out a little of the weight shed from a lighter body, but overall, the 2005 XJ is about 440 pounds less than the 2004 models.
The 2005 Jaguar XJ exterior is very elegant looking. The cab is moved forward on the new models, and the wheels are closer to the corners of the vehicle for a more aggressive look. The hood has a sculpted look, which is designed for a quality impression while also serving a very aerodynamic purpose. The cockpit area is more pronounced on these models, and while later editions incorporate an overall smoother profile, the 2005 Jaguar XJ gives a classically luxurious impression.
The 2005 Jaguar XJ interior is luxurious, roomy, and comfortable. There are plenty of high-tech features and creature comforts. Some 2005 XJ offerings include an electronically adjustable steering column, leather upholstery, power front seats, and climate control.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Jaguar XJ models have a 294-hp, 4.2-liter, V-8 engine. These models demonstrate above average acceleration within their class, and the transmission keeps acceleration almost flawlessly smooth. The XJR and Super V-8 have a supercharged 390-hp V-8 and perform admirably with outstanding yet smooth acceleration and a six-speed ZF transmission that operates very well. Models do tend to lean into curves, outside of this performance is stellar within the class.
Side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard on the 2005 Jaguar XJ. The four-channel anti-lock brakes have emergency brake assist. The Dynamic Stability Control system intervenes when the car senses any loss of control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XJ8, XJ8, Vanden Plas: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJR, Super V8: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Elegant exterior
- Quiet ride
- High but understated performance
You Won't Like
- Leans into curves
- Control layout
Luxurious with a beautiful exterior and descent performance.
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