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2007 Jaguar XJ

by Martha Hindes

2007 Jaguar XJ
2007 Jaguar XJ Interior

If a lambs wool rug surrounding your feet as you work on your computer on a pull-down tray in the back seat of your luxury auto sounds appealing, there's a way to fulfill that wish. Try Jaguar's XJ sedan on for size. The tray, of course, is an amenity of the XJ's long wheelbase version. But we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit.

Jaguar's flagship, now in it's seventh generation, gets some updates for 2007, but keeps its pampering touches. The mesh radiator grille (between the signature four headlamp configuration) previously found only on the most powerful Jags is added to all versions. Nineteen-inch Sabre wheels become standard, and 20-inch Callisto wheels are available as options. Heated front seats also become standard. Newly added Porcelain, Lunar Grey, Blue Prism and Frost Blue brings the number of exterior colors to 14. And new Champagne and Charcoal leather trim and Elm Gloss veneer are added as interior choices.

Among some available technology adds are a tire pressure monitor, Automatic Speed Limiter preset by driver (not in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control), and standard Bluetooth connectivity adapting to a greater number of mobile phones. Optional for the first time is JaguarWatch, a state-of-the-art, satellite vehicle tracking system for theft prevention. Also available is an Audio Connectivity Module for adding iPod, MP3, USB and other digital devices.

The lightweight aluminum alloy construction of the XJ gives it an advantage performance-wise, making it more nimble, flexible and comfy with better fuel economy than a comparable steel-bodied auto according to engineers. Fuel economy estimates for the base 4.2L V8 are in the 13 to 18-plus range using premium fuel.

In those plush rear seats one can watch TV, run DVDs or connect with game players, camcorders and other entertainment feeds through two video screens integrated into the rear of the front seat headrests. And for those with long legs or who leave the driving to someone else, there's that long wheelbase model with many rear seat amenities for pampering. XJs come in five models with base pricing in the mid $60,000 range.