Jaguar XJ 3.0SC: Does this saloon put the 'grrr' back into Jaguar?

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Jaguar XJ 3.0SC: Does this saloon put the grrr back into Jaguar?

The 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in my XJ was developed from the award-winning 5.0-litre V8 and powers Jaguar's All-Wheel Drive system, which continuously monitors grip levels and driver inputs to provide maximum traction in all conditions.

By David Light

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Published: Mon 19 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 19 Oct 2015, 10:05 AM

"Fire up the Jag, we're going for lunch in the country." Thousands of cads in countless romance novels dating back to the fifties have uttered lines such as this one. To own a Jaguar has traditionally been shorthand for being a loveable rogue, a bounder, a scoundrel. Over the years, with an increasing focus on expediency, this image may have been diluted as quick lap times around the Nurburgring took precedence over character.
Recently, however, it appears the people at the top have begun to make amends. You only have to glance at the brand's latest advertising campaign starring Tom Hiddleston as the Bond villain-esque head of Jaguar unleashing his 'cats' on the road to see a conscious effort to evoke a more devilishly suave - read 'British' - image.
It has worked. The XJ I drove wasn't the most powerful car on the road, neither was it the flashiest, yet it possessed an understated elegance and premium drive experience to elevate even the most mundane journeys.
The 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in my XJ was developed from the award-winning 5.0-litre V8 and powers Jaguar's All-Wheel Drive system, which continuously monitors grip levels and driver inputs to provide maximum traction in all conditions. This meant the sandstorm on the way to Al Aqah one recent weekend didn't even register. Yes, visibility was down so I had to go slower, but the wind was so ferocious, in another car the winding roads to get there could have been far more of an ordeal.
And what was it like for my passengers? When asked the three others all stated they were very comfortable during the two-hour ride. The XJ features a range of interior features focussed on the rear cabin of the car including two individual 'airline style' reclining seats which both feature cushion and squab adjustment and three massage programs. This was a particular favourite, as you could imagine.
But enough of the fluff, how does this Jaguar make you feel? For a four-door saloon, it's lovely to look at, which is always half the battle when pitting cars of a similar standard against each other. Between this and an equivalent Merc or BMW, it would be difficult to opt for anything else in terms of styling.
When it comes to the powertrain I felt it could have done with a bit more upfront. Perhaps the 5.0-litre version would have been more up my alley and would compete better with the vehicle's rivals. Overall, though, I definitely felt like that Jaguar rascal, heading out for a roaring good time out of town. The body, the badge and the spaciousness all contributed to that classic motoring feel.
david@khaleejtimes.com



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