2009 Jaguar XJ | new car review

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 by

The ; a name, silhouette and style that is as intrinsically Jaguar as the snarling cat that rides on every bonnet.

If you really want that completely classic Jag-look, then this is really the only place to start your search – some of the other Jaguar models have moved on with more  modern and aggressive styling.

With the XJ, we are looking at the original Jag style of twin ‘squashed’ headlights, an oval chrome mesh front grille and the gently undulating, rolling curves of the front bonnet that cleanly follow the ups and downs of the headlight shapes. This is a style that has always been Jaguar’s, and even with their newer, fresher models it is a style and identity that they are not keen to give up.

The rest of the XJ is large but very well proportioned; you can be sure that you will be cruising in a full-size luxury saloon, and no mistake. The long bonnet gives way to long and gently curved coachwork down the sides, with four full-size doors and a truck space big enough to handle pretty much anyone’s wardrobe for a weekend away.

There is a ‘stretch’ look to the XJ that is again just so Jaguar, and if you really want to travel in style and space, there is a long-wheelbase model that easily steps into the limousine class of automobiles.
Standard options with the XJ are leather upholstery, powered front seats, dual-zone climate control, lightweight alloy wheels, and an impressive eight-speaker stereo.

2009 Jaguar XJ6

And once you enter into the realms of the options list, again the XJ gets very limo in its luxury with self-leveling air suspension, adaptive suspension damping, dynamic stability control, xenon headlamps, navigation, power-adjustable foot pedals, an electronic parking brake and reverse park assist. Safety features standard on all models include frontal, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control, all wrapped-up in a sturdy, crash-protective body shell.



Engine choice throughout the range is pretty good, with engine sizes ranging from a three-litre V6 to a 4.2-litre V8, with the top-of-the-range car enjoying a supercharged version of the 4.2-litre V8 that puts out a very usable 400bhp and 559Nm of torque; the sort of performance figures that this classic-looking Jag truly deserves.

2009 Jaguar XJ6


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission

Price Range (AED) 269,900–399,900


One Response to 2009 Jaguar XJ | new car review

  1. Bruce Fichelson Reply

    April 12, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I own a 2001 XJR and it has remained in mint condition with only minimal changes to the body design up to 2009. I lament the passing of this body style as it is a true Jag in the traditional sense. Although the new cars are beautiful, they are not sufficiently distinctive to be recognized as Jags with rear ends similar to the Aston Martin and poor visibility rear windows which I hate.
    Since I only have 70k miles on this car, I will continue to preserve it as long as I can. It runs fantastic, is extremely fast (though freeways are way to crowded these days) and has the most comfortable driver’s seat I have ever used. I’ve never found either BMW or Mercedes to be as comfortable, especially given that I have severe back pain. So if you can find a low mileage jag in this time frame, especially from its later years (2006-2009) and you love the body style, go for it. It’s a “driver’s car”.

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