Jaguar XJL Portfolio

2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Consumer Guide Automotive 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 ComfortA
Power and PerformanceB-
Fit and FinishB+
Fuel EconomyA

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


Quick Hits

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

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Jaguar XJL

XJL models ride on a wheelbase 5 inches longer than standard XJs. That added length shows up primarily as rear-seat legroom, which is vast.

CG Says:

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.

Jaguar XJL Premium Rear Seat Package

The Premium Rear Seat Package reduces rear seating capacity to two, but ensures those two passengers will be very comfortable. Along with the heated and massaging seats, the package includes dual entertainment monitors, power reclining seatbacks, power sunshades, and writing tables that flip down from the front seatbacks.

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