Best luxury car of 2011 revealed

The Jaguar XJ has been voted the Scottish Luxury Car of the Year – a sign Scot’s famous dislike of the English doesn’t stretch as far as the new luxury coupe.

Judges from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers chose the Jaguar XJ ahead of the BMW 5 Series GT and Audi A8 to take home the prestigious annual award in its first year of sales.

John Murdoch, President of the ASMW said: "Today’s breed of luxury cars have to be as impressive to drive as they are to be driven in and no car showcases this better than our 2010 winner, the Jaguar XJ."

Describing the car as ‘magnificent’, Murdoch continued: "The XJ takes luxury motoring to a new level. It is a worthy winner of the Luxury Car category."

The XJ was praised for its excellent petrol and diesel engines and the versatility of both standard and long wheelbase versions in the range.

Jaguar UK’s managing director, Geoff Cousins said: "The new Jaguar XJ has brought a bold new approach to the luxury car market in the UK with its distinctive design, generous accommodation and impressive predicted residual values."

The new Jaguar XJ, which starts from £53,900, is the second model released in the last 12 months after the Jaguar XF executive saloon. Both models, and the slightly older XK, use a new design language and have seen popularity of Jaguar cars explode in the UK.

Sales results show Jaguar is bucking the downward industry trend and the Midlands-based brand was given a further boost recently when owners Tata Motors decided to keep both Midlands factories open, saving thousands of jobs.