Here's Why The 2017 Jaguar XJ Still Matters Despite Its Age


8 years old is a long time in this business.

Take one look at the 2017 Jaguar XJ and you know it’s special. And, perhaps even more evidently, it’s a big sucker. We’re talking about Jaguar’s flagship luxury sedan that competes directly against the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But here’s the thing: unlike its German and American (Cadillac CT6) rivals, the XJ is old. Like eight years old. In the car business that’s literally called retirement, but Jaguar has a habit of keeping its cars on sale for quite some time.

Fortunately Jaguar updated the XJ for 2016 and we got our hands on the 2017 XJ R-Sport, a 3.0-liter supercharged V6-powered beast of a thing. Sure, you could go for the optional 5.0-liter supercharged V8 but that’ll add both weight and price. So, perhaps, the V6 could be the way to go for many, and we weren’t at all dissatisfied with it.

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Power is sent to the rear wheels directly via an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Aside from its years on the market, the XJ is still a fine and fun to drive large luxury sedan that we don’t see enough of. For example, the Mercedes S-Class outsells the XJ six to one in the US. And that’s a shame because there are few big sedans out there as gorgeous as this. Special thanks to Niello Jaguar- Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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