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Jaguar XJ review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Long wheelbase versions are a must for the limo experience, but rivals offer more space

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Inside the Jaguar XJ, both the driver and passenger get loads of space in the front, as well as plenty of adjustability in the seating position, including full electric adjustment on all models.

There's a large glovebox, cubbies in the centre console and deep door bins, and while the dashboard feels a little sportier and cosseting that other big limos, it still feels very spacious up front.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Rear space in the back is a little tight on short wheelbase models – kneeroom isn't the best and the sloping roofline eats into headroom. The short wheelbase cars are more like large sports saloons than limos.

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If you aim to spend most of your time in the back of your XJ or carry passengers who value a limo experience, the long wheelbase versions are a must. They are available in all trim levels apart from the R-Sport and add around £3,000 to the list price of the XJ.

The LWB cars offer an extra 12cm of legroom, but head room is still tighter than on the XJ's rivals. For the ultimate XJ limo, you'll have to go for the Autobiography version which has quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneers, and illuminated stainless steel treadplates and air vents. There are just two rear seats with seat back movement and massage function, and a rear seat entertainment system with two folding 10.2-inch HD screens. This model does have slightly less legroom than other models thanks to the bigger seats.

If you intend to carry lots of luggage, the XJ will impress, as it has a larger boot (520 litres) than the Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series. It has a large opening which is a bonus, but if you need more room then the Mercedes S-Class is a better choice.

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