The 1995 Jaguar XJS models take the classic Jaguar XJ-Series luxury sedans and moves them into a coupe or convertible body. Depending on the model, an XJS can be equipped with a 4.0-liter six-cylinder or a 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder. Both provide excellent acceleration to the agile Jaguar XJS design.
Despite changing to a coupe or convertible body, the interior of the XJS remains just as luxurious and comfortable as the XJ-Series sedans. Almost every major luxury feature comes standard on the XJS. The XJS V12 seems slightly better appointed than the XJS due to a couple additional luxury features. However, XJS buyers can get all of those extra features as options, so both models potentially offer the same interior.
One complaint commonly found with the XJ-Series sedans concerns the conservative aesthetic. Some drivers find the XJ6 and XJ12 to look a little old-fashioned. The sleeker XJS design appears more modern and wins over some of the drivers initially turned off by the XJ-Series sedans. With the same appointments and performance, the XJS makes up for this aesthetic issue.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar XJS, Jaguar XJS V12
As with the rest of the Jaguar XJ-Series, the 1995 XJS receives the same increase in horsepower as the XJ6 and XJ12 for their respective engines.
The XJS sells as a convertible or a coupe for both models. Measuring in at 191.2 inches long, the 1995 Jaguar XJS do not look much shorter than the XJ-Series sedans and prove large for a coupe design. The design of the XJS looks much sleeker, which might bring around drivers turned off by the more conservative XJ6 and XJ12. Fog lights, power heated mirrors, a power sunroof, and alloy wheels provide standard equipment. Chrome wheels and special factory paint comprise the optional equipment.
The Jaguar XJS offers the same appointments as the XJ-Series. In fact, the XJS has the same equipment as the XJ6 and the XJS V12 includes the same equipment as the XJ12. Power leather seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and a CD player create an enjoyable passenger experience. An overhead console, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, auto-dimming mirrors, cruise control, and a trip computer make the 1995 Jaguar XJS just as enjoyable for the driver to operate. Heated seats, a CD changer, and Harman Kardon audio provide optional equipment for the XJS and come standard on the XJS V12.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Jaguar XJS delivers essentially the same performance as the XJ-Series sedans with the same engine. The XJS offers similar handling and acceleration to the XJ6. The XJS V12 offers the blinding speed and maneuverability of the XJ12. A little counter intuitively, the XJS vehicles actually have a slightly smaller amount of engine output and a slightly larger turning circle. The difference remains small enough that few notice it, but do not expect the smaller bodies of the XJS and XJS V12 to perform better than the XJ-Series sedans.
Dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide standard safety equipment. Excellent maneuverability and acceleration also allow the XJS and XJS V12 to avoid some accidents before they occur.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XJS: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XJS V12: 11/16 mpg city/highway
- Prestigious luxury design
- Powerful engine
- Comfortable ride
- Sleeker design than XJ-Series sedans
You Won't Like
- No traction control
- Very slight performance downgrade from XJ-Series sedans
A Jaguar luxury sedan in the body of a coupe or convertible.
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