As I’m wont to do every 5 minutes, I’ve changed my mind. When the 2011 Jaguar XJ was revealed in July, I was unimpressed with the upright front end and the Citroën C6-aping rear. That, it seems, was a mistake. After a little more introspection and the flipping through of various magazines, I would like to renege on my earlier conclusion and instead say that I would take a Jaguar XJ over any of the German sedans it competes with.
This doesn’t have much to do with the pricing of Ian Callum’s latest, but I just thought I’d put it out there anyways before we get to the nitty gritty of affordability.
Well, there you have it. The options list is not available at this time, but you probably won’t be needing it. For Canada, the XJ is coming loaded with a level of standard equipment that will make you never want to buy a Porsche again. Ever. Standard on the 2011 XJ are front and rear heated seats, four-zone air conditioning, a 600 Watt B&W stereo, and an enormous panoramic sunroof. Try that in a Merc S550 or a BMW 750i and you’ll add 10,000 to the base price. The only thing the XJ doesn’t come with is a 12-pack of Molson and new pair of Bauers.
So Jaguar, giving Canucks like you and me (if I had the scratch) value and aesthetics. And just in case you’ve forgotten the new XJ’s stats, here’s a refresher so that you don’t get embarrassed by that guy at the water cooler. Again.