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1999 Jaguar XJ8 Review
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The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 is a luxury sedan that belongs to the XJ series manufactured by the British automaker. This series of luxury sedans has a history that dates to 1968, when is when Series I was first introduced. The original model of this series of sedans was the last one to have been designed with the input of Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar. The current version of the XJ and the XJ8 in particular went into production from 1997, and it has a lot of similarities with the previous generation XJ. Like all other generations, the 1999 Jaguar XJ8 also features the Jaguar independent rear suspension system.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJ8, Jaguar XJ8L
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 remains unchanged after it received extensive changes and revisions in its previous model year.
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 shares most of its exterior styling with the previous generation X300, with its sloping tail, low roofline, rounded four-headlight bonnet, and wraparound taillight clusters. However, the indicator lenses for the XJ8 are oval, while those for the X300 are rectangular. Moreover, the lower valance air intake and the fog lamps are more rounded for the 1999 Jaguar XJ8. The front and rear bumpers are changed, and so are the taillight lenses and grille surround.
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 offers enough space for four people to sit comfortably, but five people would find themselves cramped inside the sedan. The front seats offer just about average headroom, so tall passengers may need to recline their seat to avoid bumping their head on the roof. While this would not be a big problem in any other car, it is least expected from a full-sized luxury sedan like the XJ8.
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8's rear bench has its share of problems, too. It offers just enough legroom for the average person, so tall occupants would find themselves uncomfortable at the back. However, the extended-length version of the sedan solves this problem by significantly increasing the legroom at the rear. Entry and exit is a problem in the regular-length XJ8 but not in the XJ8L.
Inside the 1999 Jaguar XJ8, the dashboard is not thoroughly designed. Some of the controls seem out of place and its purpose is not obvious at first glance. Cargo space is not that great either, which is surprising considering the size of the car.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 is powered by a four-liter dual-cam V-8 engine that delivers 290 horsepower. Unlike the XJR, the engine in the XJ8 is naturally aspirated. The engine is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers more than enough power for highway driving, but the best part is the smoothness with which it delivers this power.
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 offers responsive and precise steering as well as stable and adept handling. The body lean present in the car while turning is significantly less than that of the sedan’s previous versions. The ride comfort has been bettered as well, since the improved suspension absorbs more bumps and provides a smooth and stable highway ride.
The 1999 Jaguar XJ8 comes with anti-lock brakes and dual airbags are standard, as well as traction control. However, there is no information available on crash tests conducted on the 1999 Jaguar XJ8.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Classic Jaguar looks
- Improved comfort
- Great build quality
- Amazing performance
You Won't Like
- Not as fun to drive as the BMW sedans
- Lack of cargo space
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