X351 Jag XJL - Inaugural Road Trip Review

Comfort: 7/10

Performance: 9/10

Douche factor: 7/10

Overall score: 8/10

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Visited Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur, which are a 2+ hour drive from home.

Comfort: Unsurprisingly, the Jag’s swoopy roofline gave demerits and would be a bit claustrophobic for those over six feet tall (i.e. me). Somewhat of an actual surprise was my lack of fatigue. I’m known to have poor driving stamina and my bum hurts after an hour or so driving most cars. However, despite the rather firm seats with tightly stretched leather everywhere, I felt OK after 2+ hours at the kitty’s reins. Seems like Jag has done some ergonomics homework for low cars. Storage-wise, the cabin is a bit lacking in cubbies for the sake of style. The shamelessly be-wooden door panels and exquisite illuminated air outlets lend the vibe of a chic lounge.

Performance: Not much to be said, even with the base engine, a flagship car sells on thick, rich cruising and passing power. In Dynamic Mode, it took all the curves as well as a 207" saloon should ever hope to. Fuel economy hovers around 24 mpg in mixed cruising, and if you don’t stop it can probably hit 28. Gridlock commuting returns a dismal 18 mpg.

Douche factor: Even in generic silver, the car will draw some attention, especially in Carmel where we weren’t exactly the typical age and race group.

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Conclusion: Great for short trips, not enough storage space for longer trips.

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