The independent definitive Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet video review
How will you view?
    Car and Driving - Editorial Library

    The below editorial is an excerpt from our full review.
    To access the full content library please contact us on 0330 0020 227 or click here

    Jaguar XJ 3.0 SC

    FULLY CHARGED (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    If you don't want a 3.0-litre diesel in your Jaguar XJ, then the option is a surprisingly efficient supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 44

    The petrol-powered Jaguar XJ 3.0 SC is going to remain a minority pick in a range where diesel remains king but with reasonable fuel consumption, it's a more viable choice than a V8 and with 340bhp on tap, it's not going to feel slow.

    Backgroundword count: 155

    Jaguar needs to look to global markets. Whereas this was once an insular, parochial company that did things in a very British way and hoped the rest of the world would like it, this marketing approach just doesn't cut it in the 21st Century. You might have wondered who would buy a petrol-powered Jaguar XJ when the diesel models clearly made more sense on paper, but try selling a Texan a diesel Jaguar and he'd laugh his Stetson off. The same goes for the Chinese market where diesel power is associated with trucks and not luxury sedans. Even these markets aren't averse to a bit of efficiency improvement though and Jaguar has developed a supercharged version of its 3.0-litre V6 engine that will certainly appeal here in Blighty. Suddenly, you have the prospect of a 340bhp petrol Jaguar XJ with excellent refinement and 30mpg potential. That doesn't sound like such a hard sell after all.

    Driving Experienceword count: 144

    This 3.0-litre supercharged XJ doesn't have the urge of the old 5.0-litre V8 model but it's still very acceptably rapid, making 62mph from rest in 5.9s en route to the usual limited maximum of 155mph. That's not hanging around. It's still quick enough to keep the latest Porsche Boxster honest. This engine makes almost 127PS per litre, which is the highest specific output of any Jaguar engine, so it's really singing for its supper. It's fitted to both the XJ and XF and it's also the engine that's fitted to the F-TYPE sports car. Jaguar has also implemented a number of suspension improvements for this model. There are re-calibrated spring and damper tunes as well as remapped damper software - offering enhanced ride isolation and passenger comfort on all road surfaces. That trademark Jaguar waftability certainly hasn't been sacrificed on the altar of efficiency.

    To see the full road test text contact us on 0330 0020 227

    Pictures (high res disabled)

    Statistics (subset of data only)



    Combined mpg:


    CO2 (g/km):


    Extra urban mpg:


    Insurance group:






    Urban mpg:


    Weight (kg):



    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

    Styling, Build, Value, Equipment, Depreciation, Handling, Insurance and Total scores are available with our full data feed.

    This is an excerpt from our full review.
    To access the full content library please contact us on 0330 0020 227 or click here

    Subscriber? Login here