Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Behind the Wheel of Jaguar's Full Size Sedan - XJL

In terms of size and luxury, Jaguar’s 2016 XJL IS A BEAST; “big as a boat”, but “pimp like a jet.” Think Rolls Royce big, limo like… A FULL SIZE SEDAN! I found myself wondering… who was this vehicle built for? Not the city dweller, that’s for sure. Parking was pretty much impossible in downtown Toronto. In fact, one night I had to back out of my friend’s condo parking garage to hunt down a larger spot on the street.  It pains me to say this, because it is a Jaguar, but I was happy to return it after a week!

In my last review I mentioned how Jaguar’s are a real head turner. This vehicle held up to the test! Everywhere I drove I got nods, thumbs ups, stares and big smiles! It’s nice to see the artistic beauty of this vehicle admired. They should be appreciated, a lot of detail is put into the exterior and interior design of each model. So what all do you get for a starting price of $99,000?

The XJL comes with a 3.0-litre supercharged engine, V6, 340hp, with all-wheel drive. It can go from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds. This car has guts! An all-aluminum body makes this full size sedan one of the lightest vehicles on the road in its class. You definitely don’t feel weighed down when driving. It handles well, a very smooth and comfortable ride. However, I found the brakes a bit weak, they weren’t as responsive as I’d like. I really had to step on the pedal to come to a complete stop. For a larger vehicle, t’s really good on gas! The Eco Mode cuts off the engine when you’re idling after a few seconds. I drove it around the city non-stop for a week and it barely used more than a quarter of a tank of gas.

So, why did I say it was “pimp like a jet”? Oh boy… let’s start with the back passengers this time. Plenty of leg room for even the tallest of your friends to stretch out comfortably, quilted high-quality leather heated seats, pop down lit mirrors to check yourself (that’s right, not just for the driver and co-pilot!), the middle partition pulls down and opens up to become a drink holder and additional compartment to hold all sorts of things, but here’s the big one… the back base of the front seats is lit, just like the floor lighting in an airplane! The chrome detailed air vents (4 in the front, 2 in the back), combined with cream coloured suede roof and side panels, beautifully crafted leather stitched dash, sun visor blinds for the back passengers and back window… little extras that spell out pure luxury! Every detail thought out meticulously to pamper you and make you feel like a million bucks! And of course, the driver and co-pilot both have heated and cooling seats, with the massage option. Heated steering wheel, touch-open glove compartment, paddle shifters, and fob controlled trunk. Unfortunately, the 360 view camera wasn’t much use to me when parking. I found it beeps far too soon, especially when you are in downtown Toronto and have to maneuver your way into a tight spot.

After driving around in the Jaguar XJL for a week, I guess I’d say this vehicle was built for someone who LOVES luxury and comfort, and wants to spoil their friends/family. It’s definitely not for someone living in a condo in downtown, with a small parking spot. I picture it parked outside an equally large and beautiful home, with plenty of room to park! There aren’t many out there, I only saw one other on the road. If you want to make a statement without saying a word – pick up an XJL… and then swing by and pick me up!

Luxury, New Car Blogger - Amanda Risser

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