Cars & Bids Bargain of the Week: 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged
Jaguar’s near-future passenger car plans are a bit rocky right now, but it has a stellar back-catalog to choose from. And classic models aren’t the only desirable options; there are plenty of stylish, luxurious used modern Jaguars available. Plus, even in today’s used car market, a secondhand Jaguar doesn’t necessarily cost a fortune. Case in point, the bargain buy this week on Cars & Bids, a 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged.
The X351 XJ capped off the iconic Jaguar sedan in supercharged style
|2011-2019 ‘X351’ Jaguar XJ Supercharged
|5.0-liter supercharged V8
|Six-speed automatic (2011-2012)
Eight-speed automatic (2013-2019)
|0-60 mph time
Before it got axed at the end of 2019, the Jaguar XJ enjoyed a long run as the British automaker’s flagship. That 51-year prowl ended with the sixth-gen model, the X351. And while the 2010-2019 X351 was the last XJ, it sent the nameplate off in style and speed.
Although Jaguar gave the XJ a supercharged V6 starting in 2013, that wasn’t the ‘Supercharged’ model. The actual X351 XJ Supercharged is more of a mid-range model, below the 510-hp Supersport and the later 575-hp XJ575. But thanks to its all-aluminum construction, the forced-induction XJ doesn’t need more power to be fast.
For one, its 4.4-second 0-60 mph time is 0.4 seconds ahead of the equally-powerful Aston Martin Rapide. It’s also faster to 60 mph than a brand-new Audi A8. Furthermore, the XJ Supercharged hits 150 mph just one second behind the contemporary 518-hp Mercedes E63 AMG, Car and Driver reports. Yet the Jag is quieter at that speed, Car and Driver notes.
Speaking of ‘quiet,’ the X351 Jaguar XJ Supercharged lives up to its nameplate’s luxurious reputation. In 2011, practically no car had a 12.3” digital gauge cluster—but the XJ did. The Supercharged model also came with standard adaptive air suspension, massaging front seats, a 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and heated and cooled rear seats, MotorTrend says. And when you start that supercharged V8, a knurled metal rotary gear selector rises out of the wood-metal-and-leather-trimmed center console.
Even in long-wheelbase XJL form, this forced-induction luxury sedan slinks with the best of them, too. With its stiff chassis and adaptive dampers, the Jaguar XJ Supercharged feels agile on twisty roads without sacrificing a premium ride quality. Also, its brakes are as solid and effective as those on a contemporary Panamera Turbo, Car and Driver notes.
You can bid on a used supercharged 2011 example right now on Cars & Bids
If the idea of a sleek, stylish, supercharged luxury sedan sounds appealing, you’re in luck. There’s a well-equipped Canadian-spec 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged up for grabs right now on Cars & Bids.
This 2011 XJ Supercharged has a sunroof, rear sunshade, touchscreen infotainment with navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, and front and rear parking sensors. And that’s in addition to the previously-mentioned standard features. Plus, apart from the tinted windows, it’s stock.
Cars & Bids notes that this sedan’s Carfax report contains a mileage discrepancy, but the report also says that it’s likely a clerical error. Since this 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged comes from Canada, its odometer can read in kilometers or miles. Someone likely misread the mileage and reported the kilometer reading, not the mile one.
Nevertheless, it has less than 60,000 miles on the clock. And apart from some scratches, scuffs, and minor interior wear, it’s in great shape. Also, although the tires are five years old, the seller recently replaced the oil and radiator. This XJ Supercharged has a zero-accident Carfax report, too, and comes with spare tires, brake pads, and brake rotors.
A 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged like this is a surprisingly reliable luxury sedan bargain
As of this writing, this 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged is listed at $8435 with three days left in the auction. Considering it originally started at $87.5K, that’s a significant discount. And the cheapest used Jaguar XJ Supercharged with similar mileage on Autotrader costs roughly three times as much.
Since a cheap used Jaguar is still a used, near-six-figure luxury car, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. And given that Jaguar doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability, potential bidders might be understandably wary. However, the X351 XJ isn’t the maintenance nightmare some of its predecessors were.
Apart from some random electrical gremlins, this luxury sedan is pretty sturdy, PistonHeads reports. If the engine oil and spark plugs are regularly changed, the only real issues with the 5.0-liter V8 are age-related water pump leaks and timing-chain tensioner wear. It’s also a direct-injection engine, so carbon buildup can be a problem, but it’s not Jaguar-specific.
And while the eight-speed automatic is considered sturdier than the six-speed, both are ZF units found in many other cars. Change the transmission and differential fluid regularly, and you should be fine, PistonHeads says. Also, like many other premium cars, the Jaguar XJ doesn’t do well with low battery voltage. So, if you’re not driving it, keep it on a tender. The rear air springs can also fail with time, but that’s an age-related issue, not a flaw.
Overall, though, this 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged should be an affordable, reliable entry into stylish, speedy luxury.
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