Super Sedan Segment Gets Giant
British-built XJL steals thunder from supersedan segment (see below for the latest suggested prices of seven other supersedans!) What does Jag have that others don’t?
Wood and Leather interiors 2nd to none, 8-Speed AT, AWD, Supercharged 3.0 Liter V-6, escalator price of $98,725 with all the options. What are the extras? Mainly in speedway performance area, AWD in lieu of rear-wheel drive ($83,700).
As latest-entry in supersedan club, XJL managed to pile on HP options-340 for a supercharged 3-liter V-6, 385 for 5-liter V-8, This gives XJL fuel economy scores of 16 MPG city, 24 MPG highway and 19 MPG combined.
Analysts note that fuel ratings and suggested prices on Jag XJL match those of rivals-but Detroit Free Press autowriter Mark Phelan says (06-13): “It’s not like the big Jag’s 340-hp supercharged V-6 engine or AWD system that set it apart…interiors draw you in like a black hole and designs announce something special has arrived.”
List of other supersedan prices we’ll run down later:
Audi A8L Quattro, $82,500; BMW 750Li Drive, $93,500; Cadillac XTS Platinum AWD $60,585; Lexus 460L AWD $81,775; Lincoln MKS AWD, $49,860; Mercedes 550 4 Matic, $98,000; and Porsche Panamera 4S, $96,350.
New Model Priced from $81,200
(XJL shoe-in for car-of-the-year!)
Best value leader, Jaguar XJL: “When you press the starter button”, says Phelan, “a rotary shifter rises from flush in the center console to provide an attractive and attentive deal.”
“Jaguar makes shifting look and feel special,” in Mac’s opinion, “Which helps gain for the XJL top-of-the-pack status right from the get-go!”