Review: Jaguar XJ Diamond Edition

The oldest (and signature) model has a 3.0 litre V6 supercharged engine with a top speed of 250km/h

The 2017 Jaguar XJ Diamond Edition feels incredibly lightweight to drive. We found this a bit unsettling at first, considering the steering is exceptionally light, but once we got the hang of it, we found it rather effortless to handle.

Often compared to models such as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, we found the Jaguar takes itself much less seriously than its competitors. It is easier and more fun to drive given its lighter steering, and is at least two times smoother on the bumps. The turns, however, are where it gets a little bit tricky. Because it’s lightweight, the Jaguar’s steering needs a while to get used to on the turns, given it is not as grounded as its competitors. Nevertheless, its breaks are quick to respond, making it a safe option for an everyday car.

Under its hood, Jaguar’s oldest (and signature) model houses a 3.0 litre V6 supercharged engine that can go from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h. It also boasts an 8-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar sequential shift.

Exterior-wise, the saloon model has not had many facelifts. The brand, one of the world’s premier luxury sports car marques, succeeds in maintaining the XJ as a dapper, young yet mature car, worthy of being a businessperson’s daily companion. This is mostly thanks to its elongated and modern body, front grille, oval tailpipes and of course, the diamond badging on the rear and side vents and 20-inch Maroa diamond-turned alloy wheels.

 

But the Jaguar is much more impressive on the inside. The model we tried came in all tan and black interiors with signature Jaguar emblems on the seat headrests and steering. We liked its luxury accessories the most, however. These included Jaguar-made leather pillows, diamond leather patterns, wooden touches and fairly large hidden screens and counters.

The 2017 Jaguar XJ Diamond Edition is a worthy car without a doubt, proving to be easy and effortless to drive. But considering its competing against ever-developing players in the field, we found ourselves wondering if its AED399,000 ($108,633) starting price tag is a tad too high.

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