Aug 22, 2005
Reviewed By Jeff Sabatini
Price as Tested $65,095

All-aluminum body weighs less for better handling; comfortable interior with limousine-like room in the back; great Jag exhaust growl; rated at 28 mpg highway; no stupid computer interface for radio and climate controls


Old J-gated automatic trans shifter is just dumb; rest of Jag switchgear needs some updating; where’s that great leather smell? After a couple of decades of only incremental styling changes, this look is no longer sexy, just old


I imagine the conversation in Dearborn regarding the 2004 model year redesign of the tired, outdated XJ went something like this: “Let’s completely re-engineer the car. Make it roomier inside, improve its power to weight ratio, and make it handle infinitely better, too. In fact, let’s improve the car in every conceivable way, except we’ll make it look exactly like the old one.” This is a great car, but it’s a wonder that Jaguar hasn’t joined the rest of the British car industry in oblivion.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating