Elegantly balanced between traditional and modern, the 2009 Jaguar XJ is a four-door luxury sedan equipped with a powerful 4.2-liter V-8 engine. The 2009 XJ-Series offers classic British styling with all the drivability of a modern automobile.
The 2009 Jaguar XJ-Series was made available in five trim levels: base model XJ8, XJ8 L, the supremely-luxurious Vanden Plas, the performance-minded XJR, and the Super V-8 version, which offers a combination of the Vanden Plas’ luxury and the XJR’s performance qualities.
XJ8 and XJ8 L models are equipped with such standard features as 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, xenon headlights, sunroofs, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, front and rear parking assist, dual-zone climate control, 14-way power front seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, power rear sunshades, walnut trim, and heated front and rear seats. Technological features for the XJ8 and XJ8 L included Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, and an Alpine stereo system with 12 speakers and a CD player. The longer wheelbase of the XJ8 L also provides for a more spacious rear seating area.
The Vanden Plas boasts the same long wheelbase as the XJ8 L along with power folding mirrors, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, lambswool rugs, extra veneer trim, and fold-down rear-seat picnic tables.
The sporty XJR is available with a standard wheelbase only and features the addition of a supercharged V-8 engine and other performance-minded features including 20-inch wheels, high-performance tires, upgraded brakes, adaptive cruise control, and a sport-tuned suspension.
Additional options available for the XJR and Vanden Plas models include a Multimedia Package with a DVD entertainment system and a Warm Climate Package that sees the addition of a four-zone climate control system and rear side sunshades. These packages are standard on the Super V-8 version, which also includes all of the XJR’s performance features as well as the Vanden Plas’ luxury additions.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJ8, Jaguar XJ8 L, Jaguar Vanden Plas, Jaguar XJR, Jaguar Super V-8
New additions to the XJ line for 2009 included standard 19-inch wheels, a premium audio system, a navigation system, and front parking sensors for both the XJ8 and XJ8 L.
The 2009 Jaguar XJ-Series boasts all the exterior elegance and style one would traditionally associate with a Jag. Its classic Jaguar lines and understated elegance are in-line with Jaguar’s longstanding tradition of producing sporty luxury sedans with a decidedly upper-crust British accent.
With soft leather trim and walnut veneer, the 2009 Jaguar XJ’s interior is certainly elegant. The cabin is quiet and even at high speeds, wind, engine, and road noises are minimal. Interior space is ample, and the 14-way power front seats make for a comfortable ride while offering good support. However, the XJs interior has a somewhat dated feel with a flat dashboard, puffy black buttons, and green backlighting that seem like holdovers from a couple of decades ago.
Performance & Handling
All models belonging to the 2009 XJ-Series come equipped with the same standard 4.2-liter V-8 engine. With a rating of 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, this formidable V-8 enables the 2009 XJ to make zero to 60 mph in about 6.8 seconds. The XJR and the Super V-8 versions both feature a supercharger that makes them capable of making zero to 60 mph in an even more impressive 5.6 seconds.
Six-speed automatic transmissions are standard for all versions of the 2009 XJ-Series as is rear drive.
Reviews indicate that 2009 XJ handles pretty well for being such a big car. Low-range and mid-range power for the standard V-8 are both said to be good enough to make passing on the highway easy. Opting for the supercharged version turns the 2009 XJ into more of a beast when it comes to power and acceleration.
Standard safety features for the 2009 Jaguar XJ-Series include front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. One of the XJ’s more unique features is Jaguar’s ""Adaptive Restraint Technology System,"" which monitors positions and weights of passengers in the front seat in order to determine how and when it is best to deploy the airbags in the event of a collision.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XJ Series: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Comfortably seats four
Corners surprisingly well for a large sedan
Ample enough power for most driving situations
You Won't Like
- Offbeat interior ergonomics
- Interior offers less space than it should
- Feels dated
Classic British motorcar tradition blended with modern drivability .
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