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complement an innovative, dual-view technology 8-inch touch-screen that can project DVD movies or television programmes to the passenger while the driver views vehicle functions or follows satellite navigation. Premium surround sound options include the top-of-the-range 1200W Bowers & Wilkins system, which is comparable in audio quality to the best in-home entertainment. Advanced infotainment features also include hard drive-based audio and navigation systems, and comprehensive connectivity for portable audio and video devices via the powerful media hub. Behind the wheel, you are greeted by the


rotary control of the JaguarDrive selector, which, on start-up, rises into your palm. T en 3D animations materialise in the instrument cluster and on the central touch-screen. But the weirdest thing is that there is no physical instrument cluster display. Instead, a high- defi nition screen, which uses beautifully detailed virtual instruments, provides all of the functions performed by traditional dials.


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It creates a real sense of theatre, but more importantly it works well. Under the bonnet, the XJ oil-burner benefi ts


from a powerful and effi cient 3.0-litre V6 power train, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. T e lump, boosted by twin turbochargers, propels the car from 0-60mph in just 6.0 secs. It feels every bit as fast behind the wheel as it suggests it is on paper; it’s an awesome sensation – reminiscent of taking off in a plane. But it isn’t all about power; features such as air suspension, adaptive dynamics (continuously variable damping), active diff erential control and quick-ratio power steering help deliver the blend of responsive, dynamic handling and superior, supple ride expected from a Jaguar. On the move in the Midlands-made big cat, the low level of road-rumble means you can chat with your passengers without the need to shout. T ere’s a little bit of diesel rattle at idle, but even when you push your right foot down, there’s not much more than a low grunt from


the twin exhaust pipes. In fact, it’s very diffi cult to tell it apart from a petrol-powered car once it’s cruising. Indeed, the all-new XJ makes every journey a special occasion, both for you and your passengers, but this level of sophistication comes at a cost. You will have to splash out over £55,000 for the very basic diesel model, and you will need to have even deeper pockets if you want to drive the higher up the range XJ Portfolio.


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