One in five luxury saloons is a Jaguar XJ

The new Jaguar XJ is evidently still a popular premium choice as it sold 2,011 units and claimed 23.3 per cent of the luxury saloon market segment in 2011 alone.

With competitors like the BMW 7 Series being a popular choice in the segment, the XJ thrashed its unit sales of 1,702 and its market share of 17.0 per cent.

The XJ is one of Jaguar’s top of the range luxury models and sits alongside the XF and XK in the British manufacturers range.

From the outside the XJ features a diamond shaped meshed grille, synonymous with Jaguars, a sculpted bonnet with contours stretching to its doors, and a stylish coupe roofline.

Inside, the XJ features a highly versatile upholstery configuration which allows its seats and dashboard trim to be colour contrasted in leather.

There are also steering wheel controls, a trip computer with satellite navigation, fold down business trays in the rear and a choice of up to three different media systems, including a 1200W 20 speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Under the bonnet there is a wide range of powerful engines, including a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 271bhp and a 5.0-litre V8 petrol with 503bhp.

The 3.0-litre V6 model has become particularly popular in the Chinese market as it claimed over half of 2012’s first quarter sales.

As a result of the XJ’s on-going popularity, Jaguar is planning to release the new Jaguar XJ Ultimate, which has been described by Jaguar as ‘the most luxurious Jaguar ever built’.

The Jaguar XJ starts from £55,525 on the road and is available from Perrys’ Huddersfield dealerships.