Review: 2012 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Posted on 18. Nov, 2011 by in Auto News

Location: John Dodge House, Detroit

Editor's note: The car is not ready long wheelbase model is sold only the "portfolio" model in the U.S.. We are looking into the discrepancy.

If Jaguar of North America told me that I was getting a 2012 XJL Portfolio for review, my first reaction was involved in a spiritual bench racing. How would the new XJ is the smaller but more powerful XF Supercharged that I just tested about a year ago, and how would my dear departed Series III XJ, the comparison of many Jaguar enthusiasts as to the best of the traditional XJs be . Compare In both respects, the 2012 XJ is cheaper in comparison.

The XJ Portfolio is the fully equipped version of the XJ long. While other vendors have introduced luxury "L" versions of their sedans serve, in part, on the Chinese market, where the person who owns the luxury car is likely to ride in the back, has since Jaguar has a long wheelbase XJs for decades. Other than a handful of options such as rear seat entertainment, and the two available turbocharged engines, the test model had just about every luxury, comfort and safety features that Jaguar offers. With transportation costs because it is tested at only a tick over $ 82K.

Location: Charles Fisher (Fisher Body) House, Detroit

The portfolio package, a $ 4,000 option gives you an extra 5 "wheelbase, heated and 20-way power front seats with massage, heated and cooled rear seats, trim, navy blue leather with detail stitching and contrasting gray piping, suede headliner and cooled plus four-zone automatic air conditioning with individual controls for rear passengers., the front seats up to three positions memories. You also get fender openings with "portfolio" badge. twenty inch "Orona" style wheels, @ $ 875 complete ea the special equipment. A no fee option is your choice of wood paneling that, from a back door sweeps around the front of the cabin to the other back door. The test car was in a satin burled elm book trimmed to the right matched links. The console is finished in "Piano Black" and tasteful thin shiny chrome trim surrounds many of the interior elements.

Location: Walter Briggs (Briggs Body Co.) House, Detroit. Briggs competed fiercely with the Fisher brothers, but they were neighbors in life and are buried near each other. I'm not sure that coachbuilder Charles Fisher would have appreciated the Pontiac Aztek parked behind his house.

Standard equipment includes Jaguar-based V8 with 5.0 liters of displacement, 385 hp what should drive through a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with shift paddles, which are activated when you turn the round Jaguar shifter sports position. Stability is standard as a winter-mode control. Every XJ comes with what Jaguar calls a "panorama" glass roof.

This is Henry and Clara Place in the background. Note the green historical marker.

During the entire roof can be made of glass, the view from inside is really panoramic. In addition to normal size vent sunroof over the front seats, the rear passengers have a smaller fixed glass panel that can be suspended.

Blind spot monitors (which do not seem to be too sensitive or distracting, such as the system at the 2011 XF), multiple airbags and active head restraints among the standard safety features. Infotainment is an audiophile quality Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity, a 30 GB hard drive and a navigation system, says through an 8-inch touch screen, the frustrating as every critic is handled controls. The XJ is equipped with a smart key and a power trunk lid. Customers and reviewers love the XF's "handshake" ritual, in which gear knob protrudes from the console and turn the HVAC vents in an open position. The XJ has a more traditional look for dashboard design, so give us a small theater, in addition to the rising shifter when you turn when you unlock the doors, turn the side mirrors from their retracted stored position.

I have around computers for more than two decades, and I'm using usually pretty good intuiting such as digital devices, but I found the nav system as not particularly intuitive. It took me a couple of aborted attempts to find out how. It to accept a target, if the address is not Well, if I managed to enter the address. The touch screen responds slowly and you're never quite sure that every time you. A "button" that is going to work Sometimes a little light touch is working, other times you have to practically jab your thumb on it. Moreover, it is much easier changing modes from the steering wheel controls than using the mode buttons on the touch screen. You are so close to the bottom of the screen, the frame gets in the way. Fortunately for most of the major audio and HVAC functions, there are actual buttons and knobs. I'm a smartphone newbie so I can not say much about phone connectivity over the fact that as soon as the connection of the XJ infotainment system easy music to get on my Samsung Android and the fact that it was much easier on my phone to the connection accessed car than vice versa. Bottom line is that I do. To work to get in a position to all infotainment functions and, in the case of audio system was very good indeed, but the touch screen is a chore Maybe because the rest of the car is so good, the touch screen and the nav system are like a sore thumb. Either way, it detracts from an otherwise pleasant driving experience.

The instrument panel is a TFT display with virtual instruments. There are a few things I dislike about the interior, although I think I'm doing picking nits. I do not like the way the big round HVAC vents look. They work better than most, with almost infinite adjustment, but I just do not like how they look. The other thing is that I prefer Jaguar had fitted right analog gauges, at least a real speedometer and tachometer. The virtual instruments out of place, almost fashionable in an otherwise conventional looking interior. I recognize the need for digital displays these days, but I think that Jaguar could have put two smaller LCD screens flanking true teachings. Also, if you plan on traveling with virtual instruments are at least synchronize the tachometer and speedometer indicators. One of the cool things about my old XJ was that at speeds the tach and speedometer needles were parallel and quite moved synchronously as you went faster. If Jaguar was that to do with mechanical gauges in the mid-1980s, I believe they could do it with a virtual digital display. As au courant in luxury cars, there is an analog clock in the center of the dashboard, which is intended to remind us of extravagant watches. Perhaps ironically, the analog clock is set digitally via the touchscreen. "Set" button and rotate the hands to start, at the right time.

Notice how matched the grain in the wood trim burled elm book is left to right.

Quality control can be useless when it comes to preparing machinery cars, but with this restriction, there were few significant shortcomings in the review car. Sometimes I could not move anything inside the driver's seat back feel, maybe it was a part of the integrated massager, and tilts the glass rear window, so there. Some visual distortion, the objects look shorter and wider than they are Fit and finish was as you would expect in a car of this price range. Unlike some pretty convincing looking vinyl on the door panels, kick, was all that we touch and see inside once alive, derived from either a cow or a tree. The leather shows signs fitted by real people. I see these minor deficiencies as a good thing. The car smells like a leather jacket factory. This is no exaggeration – my day gig is embroidery and every few months or so I walk to Reed Sportswear large leather scraps to buy patches for motorcycle use. I am sure that my friends at Reed would admire the quality of the Jaguar leatherwork.

The XJ is not only smell good, it also feels good. Car interiors are designed to fit only about 99% of people. If you can not get to see this 20-way seats a comfortable position, you're probably in the 99th Percentiles. My bad back will appreciate the inflatable lumbar support and massager. My love handles, the inflatable cushion, not so much. Those wealthy Chinese riding in the back will appreciate the longer wheelbase. Even if you do not have enough room to sit back there, it is probably because it is the 99th one Percentile person sitting in the passenger seat. I can not tell you how much the sloping roof affects headroom because 5'6 ", I always have enough headroom. Room for my ego? That is another question. I was able to drive very get used to the car.

The XJ is a fabulous looking car inside and out. This is not just my opinion. Everyone who saw it raved just thrilled. While driving the XJ, I noticed that the people noticed the car. More than one person came to talk to me about it. The car makes a visual statement. The XJ is a great car to start and the stretched version came in an impossible to miss Polaris white.

After a week of driving the painted alloy wheels were streaked with black brake dust.

Customers who opt for this color should invest in a coupon book at their neighborhood car wash because the bright white surface shows every tiny little bit of dirt. This is a problem because I like the XF, the XJ last year shed brake dust drove like a Siberian Husky shed undercoat in the spring. The big wheels are painted in two shades of gray perhaps to disguise the dust. Or maybe not, because it does not really hide much of the dirt. Even something ends of this dust on the white paint. It's a shame, because it really is a nice car and its lines look great in white. Of course, in exchange for all the brake dust to be very effective anchor. It took me to drive one or two days to get used to the somewhat sensitive pedal, but after that the brakes were easy to modulate, and they slow down the speed quickly. Use the brakes hard and the ABS will kick in a little sooner than I expected, but it's not intrusive.

Location: Edward Fisher (Fisher Body) House, Detroit

It's not perfect. On a white car Ian Callum, the rather infamous black sail panels, extend the rear of the optical port to starboard are hard not to notice. I've never really objected to it, as some people have, since I get what Callum team was trying to do, but I understand this objection. Maybe if the bottom of the window and the plates had few inches further down, extended the Elimination of clumsily little curl, where the body meets the rear edge of the side glass, there would be fewer complaints, but I'm not going on Ian Callum car Design Lecture say that I like or dislike.

Speaking of the side glass, all in all, is a good view. The small windows behind the rear doors really helps with your blind spot. I said, all in all, because this is a modern high waist high assed car, like just about every other sedan and coupe made today. Between the high back deck and rear sloping roofline that distorted rear window fills only about half of the rear view mirror, so that the standard backup camera has come in handy.

Location: Mayer Prentis (longtime GM Treasurer Alfred Sloan's right hand) home, Detroit

The high waistline concerns the rel the back deck and the rel of the bezel. How high is it? Well, my big sister says to me that from the back seat I look like my dad when I'm driving, the right hand over the rim of the steering wheel, bent left elbow on the window sill. Maybe when I was six inches taller the window sill was perhaps not as unpleasant high to be used as an armrest. As it is, it looks like I'm trying to do the Funky Chicken will. I should say, however, that the leather armrest on the door worked just fine. The high bonnet, trim accentuates of this wood as it runs under the windshield means that a small person like me not a prayer of seeing the front end of the car.

Location: Alfred O. Dunk home, Detroit

Yet that did not seem to be a problem, especially because the XJ drives really well for a big car. Scratch, dass It handles very well time. It does not really feel like you drive like a big car are. The fact that you can not really see the corners of the car is really important because it goes exactly where you are controlling it. All in all I think the XJ can be a better handling car than the XF. The XF Supercharged XFR had all of the suspension upgrades, and according to published tests, it is a little faster than the XJ Portfolio in slalom. Ultimately, the XF Supercharged is a bit more exercise, is balanced with less body roll, but the XJ Portfolio. In long wheelbase form, the XJ is a much bigger car than the XF, about 10 inches wheelbase and overall length, but its turning radius is only a foot wider than the XF. My perception is that the steering of the XJ has a faster turning than the XF. Not so fast that it makes the car feel darty, but once you get past 2 or 3 degree dead center the car moves sideways with alacrity. This is a great car that can definitely get out of its own way. The speed-sensitive power steering is very nicely weighted, with the right amount of effort in every case I've seen. The car is a pleasure to drive, either quietly or with more force. It will fly with the best of them, or alternatively put the "dynamic" mode, the shock absorber settings and changes drivetrain mapping fits, and carve to your heart's content. The XJ Portfolio has a lot of grip, the same 0.9 g skidpad results as the XF Supercharged. I had to look at that number, because I do not gizmo Traqmate or audit, but we all have our own unofficial real world testing ground. * Doing 60 in Providence Drive is pretty good, especially with no tire noise or drift. Although they do not have the compressor models' active differential, the rear end is controlled well and when the Dynamic Stability Control is activated, it does so with little effort. You have to try to break the rear end loose, and if you succeed, the DSC steps quickly and fairly unremarkable.