Since the company was founded in 1922, Jaguar has evolved from the production of motorcycle sidecars to become one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of premium saloons and sports cars.
2.2D 190 autos - There is no missing the new Jaguar XF on the road. It has an all-new front end with slimline headlights incorporating distinctive LED lighting strips. The grille is bigger and more upright, the bonnet both lower and boasting a wider power bulge, while the lower bumper twisted chrome fins are even mo [...]
5.0 Supersport - The fourth-generation Jaguar XJ has undergone a radical transformation. Whereas the previous iteration was a very tradition-looking luxury cruiser, much-loved by executives and retired gentlemen of a certain age, the latest model has become a much sportier coupe. And no version is sportier than the [...]
3.0 Diesel - The flagship Jaguar XJ has been a much-loved model since it first hit the roads in 1968. However, this large executive saloon has desperately needed a complete overhaul for some time: the last iteration, the Mk 3, first appeared in 2003, but on the surface it was very similar to the XJ40 model first [...]
Mk4 2010 - The XJ is Jaguar’s flagship model and is a British automotive icon. Since the appearance of the first generation in 1968 this large executive saloon has been the ride of choice for many senior executives and has become a badge of respectability. However, it has needed a thorough overhaul for some ti [...]
Jaguar has ditched its traditional curvy looks for its luxury flagship after 42 years of evolution. Now, the XJ is all about sharp lines and equally sharp driving dynamics as part of the company’s reinvention as a brand led by design and sporty manners. Time will tell whether this is what XJ custome [...]
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Before buying this car I had read all the reviews and some were positive and others much less so, however I have owned a 3 series and 5 series BMW (both purchased 2nd hand) and regard the X type as more than equal in looks, performance, reliability and fuel economy. It’s also fantastic value for money compared with other used cars of this age, so shop around for a good one and you will not be disappointed.
Submitted: 29/11/2013 15:33:10
Am I glad that I bought my Jaguar XJ 3.0D Portfolio in March 12? Darn right I am! The car almost suits my requirements 100%. In fact the only niggle that I can think of at this moment is the clock, silly I know. A very pretty clock set in the middle of the dash, but difficult to read especially at night. There is another clock in the instrument screen in front of the driver but this is too small to be practical. I say instrument screen because the main clock is the only real instrument in the car. The rest, including the speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge, etc., etc., is in a TV type screen behind the driver, and very effective it is too. The first thing that you notice when you first drive this car on the road is that people around you notice you. They will turn their heads as you waft past, or you might find a little crowd around your car as you return to the car park. It brings a good feeling. After you have owned the car a while you get to realise that the fuel consumption figures are pretty good for a car of its size, whilst I only get 35mpg overall because I do mainly town work I can achieve 46mpg on a run, better than my XF that I part xd. If any of you out there are worried about the noisy diesel engine like I was, forget it, I swear you won’t notice the difference. Just go out and buy it, you won’t regret it.
Submitted: 17/10/2013 11:04:26
My 2.7D S-type in three and a half years of owning has been a mixed blessing. Yes it’s comfortable, it’s stylish, it used to go well, not bad on diesel (av. 30 to 35mpg on brim-brim method). BUT, for what is supposed to be an executive car, it’s a long way from being reliable, or easy/cheap to fix. 1). The auto box, a ZF 6HP26 suffers from lack of maintenance over this "sealed-for-life" engineering nonsense. Life of what? My American colleagues joke that it’s "sealed-for death". If you own one, change the ATF with synthetic having the additive for controlled torque converter clutch-slip. Most of the latest ATFs have this. And change every 60,000mile. There is no need to pay Jag’s rip-off price. 2). All the complaints here are common. Jammed electric park-brake, smoke from under the bonnet, serious DPF problems, bad jerky gear change due to poor program in TCM. et al. Now mine has developed that insidious "ticking" from the engine (mentioned here) indicating a serious and expensive repair job. I’ve already put it part-ex for a Chrysler. The part-ex allowance? £1,200. And I could tell he didn’t really want it. It’ll be going to "the block", out local slang for the auction. Such a pity, just not like the older Jags, whose main problem was body-rot.
Submitted: 21/07/2013 22:22:09
Just bought an sv8. It is just about perfect. Build quality is what you expect from a Jaguar, superb. The power from the engine is awesome. Why do people buy German cars when you can buy one of these?
Submitted: 28/04/2013 10:34:51
Changed my 2.5 auto for the 2.0 diesel. I’ve had the car 3 years and have had to have a new turbo fitted due to intermittent cutting out, but other than that I am more than happy with the car. Ok the 2.5 auto was a little quieter at low revs and maybe a tad quicker, but the petrol consumption was another matter, particularly when driven hard. the diesel is frugal on fuel and is quick enough for anyone, in fact I need to keep an eye on the speedo to keep a clean licence. Servicing is done at a local ’good garage’ who specialise in Jaguar and stamp the book with the Jag logo - not the cheapest, but less expensive than main agents. Both cars have been the same colour, Indigo Blue with Barley leather. I love both cars but the diesel is easier on my old age pension, I am 79 but still drive on the limit and the car suits my driving style. Watch out boy racers!
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Nice to hear about your positive experience. I bought a Jun ’04 X Type 2.0 D SE two years ago. It was well taken care of, however it did require some repairs - which were not cheap - but after sourcing the OEM parts, the bill went down drastically, and the car drives very well now. It is a smooth car and a joy to watch and drive. Consumption is good and, in a country where BMW’s, Mercs and VW seem so common, at least I feel I have something different. Only pity is that it’s a front wheel drive, and that Jaguar did not give the underbody any protection against corrosion. Other small niggles like rear trunk hood rusts because the plinth/rear plate light unit scratches the spray, incredibly tight working space in the engine area, boot capacity limited by depth, I also don’t like the small spare wheel and the fact that you have to remove the engine under cover to access the sump drain and oil filter. After inspecting the underside, I found many grommets missing - which could lead to potential rust problems. Overall, a well cared for specimen should last many miles and years. If you plan to keep one for a number of years, might as well invest in some time to review its uderside and treat any rust as early as possible. Keep an eye on the sills and installing front and rear mudflaps would help, too - John Micallef from Malta
Submitted: 31/03/2013 11:32:05
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I’ve now had my car for 4 years and it’s running fine and still achieving 30/32 around town, 48/50 on a run. The DPF light has been on three times - lock it in 3rd, do about 50 and the light’s off in 10 mins. Had a remap done by supachip, which has been Well worth it.
Submitted: 19/03/2013 21:20:09
The best car I have owned by a long way. Looks great and was an unbelievable bargain second hand, with no problems at all so far. It goes extremely fast if you want to, but is the most enjoyable car I have driven slowly. Everything about the car feels like luxury and the power is effortless. I love this car.
Submitted: 09/03/2013 13:02:30
Styling, powertrain and feeling on the road are fantastic. Unfortunately my Jaguar XF is rusting like hell; after 4 years and 70,000 km on Swedish roads, many underbody components, screws, bars, and even boot lid have developed a lot of rust. In this respect, it reminds me my old Ford Sierra I owned back in 1990. You wouldn’t expect a premium car nowadays to have such a rubbish corrosion protection. Though this can be deduced from the conservation law: Jag is no more expensive than its compeitors from Mercedes and Audi, but it is looks so much more luxurious, especially its interior. How is that possible? The answer is easy, Jag saves on steel mainfraim quality. It will suit you if you want a beautiful gadget for 3 to 5 years, it’s difficult to find a better alternative (in terms of "effect for money", at least). If you want a car that lasts, look for something different.
Submitted: 24/02/2013 08:45:52
What can I really say wrong about this car? Although, I have had to replace the servo assist, which cost £750, but luckily this was covered by the RAC warranty . Apart from that, what a fantastic car to drive, with superb build quality, great features and good fuel economy. Beautiful!
Submitted: 26/01/2013 22:42:05
Best car that I have ever had and I have had a few!
Submitted: 13/01/2013 09:21:14
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I was dubious when buying my (low mileage) X-type as I have had many Jaguars before. I loved them all, but they were unreliable. It is the 2.1 petrol engined SE and returns about the same mpg as my Ford Mondeo 2 litre, but it is an absolutely superb car. Initially I found the lack of torque a bother, but soon became used to it and enjoy the free revving engine that comes over-square. It handles well and is very comfortable and quiet. I have just the basic bits as factory supplied and find the music, climate control and the host of added features to be of high quality and reliable. Why the New York Times should be so rude about the car must reflect on a poor sample being tested or total ignorance of the tester. If you buy one you won’t regret it.
Submitted: 16/12/2012 20:26:02
Decided to buy a new car last tear and the looks of the XF have that wow factor. I decided on a 190bhp 2.2 portfolio sport. First impressions inside and out are a thing of beauty, but it soon stops being a new experience and I got bored very rapidly! Around town and on country lanes the front end has no grip whatsoever, it understeer like crazy especially on tight handers and roundabouts, there just isn’t enough weight over the front wheels as its set up for a 3.0 engine and it needs more camber or lowering to address this!! The prefect car for motorway cruising, but not for anything else. It has a noisy, lumpy, underpowered engine that should be in a transit van, it rattles and has a lower quality fit and finish than a £42,000 car should have! I can’t say I’m impressed. The computer is slow when trying to do anything with the screen, if it’s sunny you can’t see the screen, the satnav is good but you can’t input house numbers if you use a post code! The auto stop start is annoying and makes you look a fool when parking. The heated seat pads are too small and only heat the center of the seats. The USB and iPod input are unusable as they keep stopping and starting at random and Jaguar say its a fault with all XFs that they can’t cure. I could go on. So overall it’s a reliable car that looks very sexy, does 40mpg average and is beautiful inside, but has rattles, slow technology and a rotten engine! Oh and it feels great to drive at first, but is not remotely sporty if you push on, it will drift nicely though if you dab the brake on corner entry hahaha!
Submitted: 25/11/2012 11:33:03
The best fun I have had since driving a mini in the 70s. On a run it’s good on fuel. One can relax behind the wheel. It gets lots of looks from other drivers.
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Would like to contact William as my name is the same and I have an X-Type. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - William Cornish from Kent
Submitted: 11/10/2012 21:12:26
I was given a car to test for the afternoon with no restrictions by the dealers Barretts of Ashford. What a smart move! It gave me the opportunity to drive the car in town, country and motorway in the style I felt comfortable with. I found the engine very responsive from low RPM and the road holding excellent, you just feel you are part of the car. This is the best car I have ever had the pleasure to drive, which is why I have given the star rating of 5. Add the fuel economy to the equation, the beautiful styling and the plush interior and you have a dream machine. I have driven my XF for 11,000miles so far since new and I don’t want to part with it. Advice: do have the rear camera fitted.
Submitted: 22/09/2012 20:53:37
Have owned my Jag for 5 years now. It’s the longest I’ve ever kept a car, previous to this 2 years was longest. Wasn’t sure about it when I first got it but It’s an absolutely stunning car and has never let me down. Being an auto you would expect it to be juicy but returns approx 30-35mpg. Just turned 87,000 miles but still as good as new. Will be keeping this until it goes to the big scrap yard in the sky.
Submitted: 05/09/2012 14:39:26
Bought one of these with 92k on the clock and I’ve been really surprised by it. A great performer with real style that is a world apart from the usual homogonised German offerings. A few foibles, like the exhausts can crack by the cats. (Specialist will weld them cheaply), but overall a great car. A brilliant driving experience. When I collected it it was showing 28mpg, after a few long runs and after adapting to a new driver style it clocked 41 on a constant 70 mph motorway run. If you dont want to look like company car clone I’d recommend one. No sour grapes, I’ve done my time in the Beamers and VWs, this makes a nice change and it’s all the way from Castle Bromwich! The interior really grows on you the more you drive it too.
Submitted: 26/07/2012 10:58:29
A very good car overall. Admittedly I bought it with just over 100K on the clock and at 5 years old, so, I’ve been replacing replacables over the past 18 months. However, to its credit, it has never let me down. The bills aren’t stupifying, but with all the consumables replaced, they have been a bit dear altogether. We are talking about clutch, DMF, rear suspension, power steering and water pump, accessory belt tensioner/ crank pulley, plus various other bits and pieces. A fair old whack. It gives about 40mpg overall. I use it for both short and very long distance trips. It drives nicely enough and handles all weathers well including snow and ice, depsite being FWD, although I do have winter tyres for it. The back seat isn’t that spacious, so it’s a good thing it’s my 3 year old that sits in the back as anyone older would not be very happy after a while. The overall trim quality is acceptable. It’s a bit of a Ford thing with a Jag badge, but I don’t care. I like it overall. I’ll keep it, polish it and make sure it looks nice and new until it gives up the ghost on me. Mind you, considering all the things replaced, it’ll be with me a while (I hope!).
Submitted: 17/07/2012 10:30:01
Just a great car to drive. It makes me feel fantastic when I drive it!
Submitted: 18/05/2012 21:14:57
Best car I’ve ever had! No problems with the car, but I wish I could say the same about the main dealer. New rear pads at 15,000 miles? Why do people buy German execs when they could have the best from Jaguar?
Submitted: 10/05/2012 21:45:06
Can not find a problem - runs and looks great.
Submitted: 30/04/2012 11:13:50
It is a dream to drive - not had a problem in 3 years. On a 2005 and still like new.
Submitted: 16/04/2012 11:14:48
I bought a XJL Portfolio new in September 2011 and regret it. It has duff paintwork, rattles from the dashboard and sun roof area and is noisy in reverse gear. Now I have been without my car for at least a week whilst the dealer tries to sort it out. This is unacceptable for a £72,000 vehicle. Do not believe the hype, Jaguar still builds problem cars and what quality control there is allows them out of the factory!
Submitted: 10/03/2012 20:58:32
An amazing car. I sold mine recently due to high running costs. I loved the build quality, ride, power :-) and acceleration, opulance and the ease of driving. I hated the replacement differential, drive shaft and other gremlins, which were fixed under warranty. I would have another, but I would go for the new 2.2D estate that is in the pipeline.
Submitted: 02/03/2012 11:41:25
From my first test drive I have been like a dog with two noses!!! It is pretty nippy and has good economy. Everything works and all the badges are fixed correctly, the windows stay closed and the auto door locks are a welcome standard fit. The seats are a little on the firm side, but still comfortable. I love the way it sticks to the road, inspiring great confidence when cornering and on twisting roads. It is a car that I am really pleased to have bought, it’s a pity it is no more (bring on the X F estate).
Submitted: 19/12/2011 10:27:44
Brilliant car, combines sports car performance with refinement, style, and drop dead gorgeous looks. Turns heads wherever you go, sounds great, trick F1 gearshift, all makes you feel special. No downsides so far, fuel costs don’t concern me and my 4 year olds love riding in it, boot is even practical. Much easier to live with than my 911 and much more special than any BMW or Merc. Go on treat yourself!
Submitted: 14/12/2011 10:03:28
Quite simply the best car I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Flawless in all respects and an absolute joy to drive. It looks pretty cool too!
Submitted: 29/11/2011 09:17:45
I have had the car for 9 months. I bought at 18k miles and it now has 36k on the clock driving mainly 400k mile trips and more on motorways. It gives excellent mileage averaging 47mpg, but around town quite it’s heavy. Generally a very good car with just a few niggles; At 140mph on the autobahn the car feels uncertain going around the bends, rather wallowy (perhaps why Jaguar changed the suspension ont he new one?), but mostly I am driving at 70mph. The lightness helps with firm stopping. The kick down and turbo boost are very variable. Sometimes I get it and the car blasts off with a great press of the backside on the leather, but sometimes during an overtaking manoeuvre it just doesn’t go. Sport mode sometimes helps but I can’t feel any real difference. The car is mainly without fault, but I had to short out the bonnet open sensor and the door seals are in tatters. No other faults to report, A very reliable car and I am happy with it.
Submitted: 12/10/2011 10:36:04
very rattly from rear when going over small bumps on the road.
Submitted: 30/09/2011 09:57:15
I have just bought an S-Type diesel from Perrys at Huddersfield. So far no problems and it is awsome to drive. I love the looks of the S-Type compared to the new XF. Tom the executive salesman at Perrys was 1st class.
Submitted: 16/09/2011 10:51:12