Cars and Bids Bargain of the Week: 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

The oncoming electrification of Jaguar means some of the brand’s models have been delayed or discontinued. And despite initial reports to the contrary, that includes the Jaguar XJ sedan. However, thanks to depreciation, used luxury cars like the XJ can be bought for significantly less than their original MSRPs. And that includes higher-trim versions like the 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged listed this week on Cars and Bids.

A Jaguar XJL Supercharged is a faster, more powerful, and roomier XJ

A silver 2012 Jaguar XJ parked by a factory
2012 Jaguar XJ | Jaguar

The Jaguar XJ has been the British automaker’s flagship sedan since its debut in 1968. And 2011 saw the release of the eight-gen model. It featured styling and powertrains drawn from the XF and was available in standard- and long-wheelbase form. The latter is the Jaguar XJL, and it has 4.9” more legroom than the standard XJ.

Of the three powertrains available, the Jaguar XJL Supercharged slots between the base car and the Supersport. All three trims have a 5.0-liter V8, but the ones on Supersport and Supercharged XJLs have, well, superchargers. So, instead of 385 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, the XJL Supercharged has 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. That’s sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The brown-and-beige-leather-upholstered driver's side front interior of a 2012 Jaguar XJ
2012 Jaguar XJ driver’s side front interior | Jaguar

Because the Jaguar XJL Supercharged has an ‘aluminum-intensive’ construction, it’s fairly light for an executive luxury sedan. As a result, Car and Driver recorded its 0-60 mph time at 4.4 seconds, tying a contemporary Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. And it’s worth noting the AMG has 48 more hp and 41 more lb-ft of torque.

Apart from straight-line speed, the Jaguar XJL Supercharged also offers solid handling in the corners, MotorTrend notes. Its adaptive dampers give the sedan a comfortable ride without sacrificing agility. Plus, it’s still a luxury sedan, with features like leather upholstery, a 12.3” digital gauge cluster, metal trim, and that trick rising rotary gear selector.

And as demonstrated below, those are just the start.

The 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged on Cars and Bids

A black 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged in a parking lot
2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged | Jaguar

The 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged currently listed on Cars and Bids is a stock example with 116,600 miles on the clock. And apart from some scuffs, scrapes, stone chips, and interior wear, it’s in good shape. More to the point, it’s a well-equipped example of an XJL.

Besides the features mentioned earlier, this 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged has an active differential, self-leveling rear air springs, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. It also has a power trunk lid, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof. Inside, this sedan has a suede headliner, heated and cooled front and rear seats, navigation, and rear-seat tray tables. The front seats are also massaging, and the audio system is a 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins unit with 20 speakers.

The black-leather-upholstered and wood-trimmed interior of a black 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged seen through the rear door
2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged interior | Cars and Bids

The seller bought this 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged as a certified pre-owned car in October 2016. Since then, they’ve replaced the boost sensor, the battery, and the A/C compressor, and performed an alignment. Plus, this sedan is still covered by an extended warranty until October 2021, or 128,341 miles, whichever comes first.

This is a stylish, speedy luxury sedan bargain

As of this writing, this 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged is listed on Cars and Bids at $6200 with three days left in the auction. That’s a significant decrease from its original MSRP; before options, the XJL Supercharged stickered at $90,500. And looking on Autotrader, examples with similar mileages are roughly three times more expensive at a minimum.

Although Jaguar doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation for reliability, overall, the XJL model seems fairly reliable. It’s one of the least complained-about Jaguars on CarComplaints, for instance. And this 2012 car has a warranty.

In short, this Jaguar XJL Supercharged makes for an affordable, well-equipped luxury sedan experience. One that, with the XJ’s death, you can’t get brand-new anymore.

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