Jaguar XJ wins prestigious US award

The title adds to the Top Gear Luxury Car of the Year award it picked up from Top Gear magazine, demonstrating its popularity in both the UK and America.

Jaguar’s stunning luxury saloon finished ahead of 271 other cars considered for the award, including models from premium rivals such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

“The toughest part about this class is that it’s very hard for any one car to stand out in the crowd, and yet the XJ manages to do just that, in both its design and its dynamics. Both for the aesthete and the enthusiast, the all-new Jaguar XJ is an All-Star,” said Automobile magazine.

The British-built car was introduced in 2011 with a sleek new design and high-tech luxury inside. It quickly became a favourite for VIPs including Prime Minister David Cameron and the England cricket team.

Jaguar designed the new XJ with lightweight aluminium materials to bring emissions down as low as 184g/km for the 3.0-litre diesel model.

However, the refined but powerful 5.0-litre V8 is also available with the range, and all bases are covered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 offering 510PS with the Supersport model.

Jaguar offers three trim levels with the Jaguar XJ, each generously equipped with equipment such as a premium sound system, keyless entry, satellite navigation with colour touch screen, climate control, Xenon headlamps and virtual instruments.

All models also come with a choice of metallic exterior paint, alloy wheels and luxury leather upholstery inside.

The All-Star award for the XJ makes it three years in a row for Jaguar, which triumphed in 2009 and 2010 with the new XF executive saloon.

The XJ and XF are joined in the revitalised Jaguar range by the XK coupe and a series of supercharged ‘R’ versions as performance options.