2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD
Class: Premium Large Car
Dates tested: 6/22/2015 – 6/29/2015
Miles driven: 787
Fuel used: 34.1 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 23.1 mpg
Driving mix: 30% city, 70% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 16/24/19 (city, highway, combined)
|CG Report Card|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.|
|Room and Comfort||A|
|Power and Performance||B-|
|Fit and Finish||B+|
Base price: $84,700 (not including $925 destination charge)
Options on test car: Semi aniline leather seats ($3475), Visibility Package ($350), Premium Rear Seat Package ($7750)
Price as tested: $97,700
The great: limousine-like rear-seat space
The good: Handsome interior appointments, impressive fuel economy for the class
The not so good: Handling and ride control trail the best in the class, pricey options
In long-wheelbase “L” form, the Jaguar XJ becomes a veritable limousine, coddling rear-seat passengers like no stretched Lincoln Town Car ever did. The $7750 Premium Rear Seat Package enhances the second-row passenger experience with a lavish array of power accessories, including massaging seats.
Our test car impressed us additionally by returning more than 23 mpg during its stay–impressive, given this car’s power and size. The standard 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is both strong and refined, providing ample off-the-line muscle along with plenty of reserve oomph for passing and merging.
What the XJL lacks compared to the big sedans from the German luxury makers is a taut, buttoned-down sense of control at highway speed. This large Jag certainly rides and handles well, just not quite as well as the class leaders.