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Express Delivery – The Jaguar XJL


Anyone wishing to cross a continent in time for that all important birthday celebration could do worse than splash out on the glorious Jaguar XJL Supersport. This is Jaguar’s biggest car – in long-wheelbase form – and is indeed a whopper. At its beating heart is the superb 5.0Litre V8 petrol supercharged engine. This is a slightly detuned version of the engine that drives the XKR and XFR sports cars and saloons. In this car it is linked to a smooth eight-speed ZF auto gearbox.

Just because this is a luxury car do not be deceived by it’s limousine-like appearance. Yes, it is supremely comfortable and yes there is legroom for your tallest relative but push the pedal to the metal and it takes off like a stabbed rat. Although big, it drives like a much smaller car. It is nimble and secure on the road and this is probably because it is constructed from aluminium and is thus lighter than you’d think. Although its playground is the great auto-routes of the world, it is surprisingly calm and settled on twisting country lanes.

Such is the pace of this car that it brings out the driver in everyone. Forsaking the extremely well calibrated automatic gearbox changes for the paddles makes for a very rewarding drive and all the while your passengers are unaware that they are on an express train heading for the horizon, because they are cosseted in comfort and quiet. Handling is amazing. The adaptive suspension ensures the chassis feels taut and controlled while remaining smooth and composed at speed. The Supersport XJL is the complete package. Everything a discerning driver would expect is there. The touchscreen navigation is particularly clear and informative.

jagweb81 300x201 Express Delivery   The Jaguar XJLThere are some niggles but for the most part it comes down to personal preference. There’s a tiny gleaming clock dial in the dashboard but the speedometer and rev counter are round digital readouts. Motor Blogger thought they looked a bit cheap if we’re honest. Proper dials that match the clock would be nice but, as we said, it is down to personal choice. There are plenty of would-be buyers who, like a dead owl, couldn’t give a hoot.

The other catch of course is the price. Depending upon how it is specced out the cost should be just under £100,000. That’s a lot of money but it is around the same as the big luxury beasts from the major German names. Fuel consumption is alleged to be 24mpg and the emissions less than 300g/km. About what you’d expect from a luxury car. Parking in tight spaces will always be a problem although all the expected aids are available but, frankly, this is not really an issue. The Jaguar XJL isn’t a city car; it is a car for the great open highways of the world.

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