1996 Jaguar XJ12

  • 1996 Jaguar XJ12 Base Sedan

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      6.0L V12
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1996 Jaguar XJ12 Review

Powerful and stylish but lacking on the interior.

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The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 is a luxury sedan that is a part of the XJ-Series line of luxury sedans that has been in production since 1968. In fact, it's the flagship model. Meanwhile, the original model was the last Jaguar sedan that was designed with the input of the company’s founder, Sir William Lyons. It has an internal designation of XJ305 and uses a V-12 engine under its hood, which is why it has been named the XJ12.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJ12

What's New

The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 is only a year old, but it has undergone some changes for the 1996 model year. These include improved rear legroom, which also results in an increased wheelbase by 4.9 inches. Rear headroom has also been increased, but only by around half an inch. There are some more changes made to the other models in the XJ Series.


The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 continues with the same updated design, which was introduced in the previous year by Geoff Lawson. The almost flat hood of the previous generation is modified into a more fluted and curvaceous one with the new-generation XJ sedan. The rear wings are shaped to accommodate the wraparound taillight clusters. A fully-integrated body-colored bumper also replaces the separate black rubber bumper.


The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 offers adequate space for four people, but five people would find themselves in a squeeze. Moreover, the lack of headroom makes it almost necessary for tall passengers to recline their seatback or slouch. This incredible lack of headroom is quite surprising, seeing that the XJ Series is one of the most luxurious cars. Tall occupants would also find themselves short of legroom at the rear unless they are in a stretched sedan. The extended length offers enough space at the back to allow occupants to completely relax and stretch their legs. The rear doors are also wider in the extended models, but the low roof is still a hindrance for easy entry and exit. The dashboard design could have been better, and some of the controls are a bit awkward and difficult to reach. Cargo space is not that great either, especially when compared to other luxury sedans. Nevertheless, the lack of cargo space has always been a problem for the XJ series.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 is powered by a six-liter V-12 engine that delivers 313 horsepower when combined with a four-speed automatic transmission. This particular model is one of the costlier XJs, but the power delivered by the V-12 is barely enough to justify the price tag. On a positive note, steering is precise and responsive, and has adept handling capabilities. Body lean is minimal around turns, and the overall ride comfort increased a great deal from the previous generation.


The 1996 Jaguar XJ12 doesn't have any crash safety information available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar XJ12: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great ride quality
  • Good acceleration
  • Adept steering and handling

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of interior and cargo room

Sum Up

Powerful and stylish but lacking on the interior.

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