2003 jaguar xjr review




2003 jaguar xjr review

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    The self-levelling sedan also drops its skirts 15mm at km/h-plus. The XJR version's supercharger spins 5 per cent faster than before.

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    At low speeds the suspension soaks up bumps pretty well. It could be an entertaining one too with the optional TV screens built into the front headrests, enabling back seat passengers amuse themselves with DVDs or video games. Overall, these are great cars for the money. Tilt steering column doesn't work. It still might not be the best in class, but at least most people should find a long trip in the back of the new XJ a comfortable experience.

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    Jaguar XJ-Series Reviews and Rating | Motor Trend

    The Jaguar XJR is an iconic car. I mean, it's an ironic car: For example, you expect a leather-lined British luxury sedan to literally reek of class. The XJR smells of… nothing. You expect the torch bearer for Jaguar's performance heritage to handle corners with cat-like reflexes. And yet, the XJR perfectly embodies the Jaguar creed of "pace and grace". Truth be told, the XJR is both more and less than it seems. On the more side, the XJR will pleasantly disappoint anyone expecting dodgy electrics, rusting panels and faulty mechanicals.

    While JD Power's Initial Quality Survey is more about customer satisfaction than build quality, the brand's ascension to the second place slot is a reasonable reflection of the XJR's reliability. No part of the sports sedan seemed predisposed to rot, break, fall off or fail.

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    It's a thoroughly modern machine. Also on the more side, the XJR is one Hell of a quick car. Give those supercharged horses a prod and the XJR charges down a straight with monumental rapidity— and keeps on going. While there are a few cars of this bulk that can muster a sub-five second sprint to 60, not many offer the XJR's tremendous in-gear shove. The supercharger whines like a detuned strimmer, but the sound soon forms a neurological pathway to your adrenal glands.

    The system continuously adjusts the XJR's shock absorbers to match the vehicle's speed and the prevailing road conditions.

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    The car still floats like a butterfly and stings like a butterfly. Sadly, surprisingly, Jag's top cat is a comfort-biased machine that's easily flustered by a combination of broken surfaces and lateral G's. If comfort it is, then comfort it is. Considering the amount of leg and head room in the outgoing XJR somewhere between slim and none the new [for-'03] model's generous accommodations are a real bonus. The XJR still feels a bit snug compared to, say, all of the competition, but the extra interior volume adds mightily to the fast Jag's sense of occasion.

    There's something marvelously decadent about going like stink in an elegantly-tailored, loose-fitting car. Yes, well, the XJR is also loose-fitting in areas where it should be tight. You can fit an entire magazine into the panel gaps on either side of the hood. The plastic covering the radiator is both poor and poorly attached. Ditto the carpet lining the trunk lid. The carpets underfoot are a sad if hard-wearing departure from the plush Wilton fabric of days gone by. The felt-like material lining the roof and surrounding the cupholders, and the plastic topping the dash, also err on the side of the industrial.

    I could go on. The texture and design of the key a part nicked from the Euro-spec Ford Mondeo is so down market that handing it to a parking valet feels like an act of betrayal. Though intuitive, the touch-screen display is more dated than Colin Farrell. The gauges are po-faced.

    2003 jaguar xjr review

    The driver's door won't open without a fight. To be fair, for every sybaritic distraction, there's an equal and opposite delight. The stereo is magnificent.

    The seats are supportive during press-on driving, yet mileage friendly for the long haul. The headlights are brighter than an Oxford scholar. Not to put too fine a point on it, you'd be perfectly within your rights to expect more from Jag's finest. I guess buyers put up with the XJR's English "eccentricities" because of the car's cachet.

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