2016 jaguar xj-series Model Overview
New for 2016
Refreshed for 2016, the Jaguar XJ gains full LED headlights, Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with door-to-door navigation, a standard 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system with 825 watts and a redesigned instrument cluster. Two new trims have been added for the 2016 XJ, the R-Sport, which is more performance oriented, and the luxury-minded Portfolio, featuring quilted seating surfaces with a diamond pattern on the center and cushion.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ is a full-size luxury sedan available in standard or long wheelbase variants. All XJs come standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available on V-6 variants.
Two engines are available in the 2016 XJ, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 hp and 332 lb-ft and a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 producing 470 hp and 424 lb-ft in the XJ Supercharged or 550 hp and 502 lb-ft in the XJR. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy is respectable for the class at 18/27 mpg city/highway for rear-drive V-6 standard wheelbase, 17/27 mpg for the V-6 long wheelbase, and 16/24 mpg for all-wheel-drive-equipped XJs. Opting for the V-8 drops those numbers down to 15/23 mpg.
Despite its sloping roofline, there’s ample space for four passengers in the 2016 Jaguar XJ. While there’s technically room for a fifth, there’s a center hump that impedes into the space for the middle seat. Trunk space is generous at 15.2 cubic feet but doesn’t come with split-folding rear seats, limiting its practicality.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Additional safety aids include headrests that protect against whiplash and advanced seatbelt pretensioners that can detect rapid deceleration. Active driver assistance and safety aids include adaptive cruise control with queue assist, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection, 360-degree camera, and semi-automated perpendicular and parallel parking for rear-drive variants. Part of the adaptive cruise control system is Emergency Brake Assist, which adds additional stopping power in the event of an imminent collision. Blind spot warning is standard on all XJ models.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features on the base XJ and the long wheelbase XJ include 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, wood or piano black veneer, a 380-watt Meridian sound system, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, Bluetooth connectivity, blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, heated front and rear seats, and a rearview camera. The XJ Supercharged adds four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, an 825-watt Meridian audio system, and 14-way power front seats with driver’s side memory. On the range-topping XJR, standard features include 14-way ventilated front sports seats with driver and passenger memory, adaptive headlights, a sport exhaust with quad tailpipes, and a performance-tuned suspension.
Optional features in the base XJ include the Visibility pack, which includes adaptive headlights, cornering lamps and intelligent high beans. The Front Seat Comfort pack adds 14-way adjustable front seats that are more comfort-oriented and come with massaging function and front passenger memory. The XJ Supercharged is available with the Sport & Speed pack, featuring an increased top speed to 174 mph, 20-inch alloy wheels, a front splitter, rear decklid spoiler, 18-way front sports seats, Gloss black radiator grille and lower mesh accents, bright metal pedals, and red brake calipers.
What We Think
In a 2014 XJR First Test review, we said that the range-topping model is an impressive performer, offering excellent acceleration, braking, and agile handling for a car its size. Additionally, the XJR’s ride remains quite and well composed, just like lesser XJs. Even V-6-powered XJs provide plenty of fun, as we noted in a 2013 XJ V-6 Supercharged First Drive review, thanks to its nimble handling and lightweight construction. However, the XJ remains a large car, making it hard to maneuver in tight spaces.
The Jaguar XJ was one of the first vehicles to have an aluminum-intensive body construction to reduce weight.
- XJR is a performance bargain in its class
- Well-built and stylish interior
- Size-defying driving dynamics
You Won’t Like:
- All-wheel drive isn’t available in V-8-powered XJs
- Still large and hard to maneuver in tight spaces