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2015 Jaguar XJLThe XJL Portfolio AWD model is more money for less performance. Let's hop in the back seat and find out why.
[MUSIC] This is the 2015 Jaguar XJL portfolio all wheel drive. Now, it's a little bit longer than the standard XJ which means that it's a little bit heavier and a little bit slower and a little bit less nimble. Now why would you wanna pay more money for a car that has less performance? We'll hop in the back seat and I'll show you exactly why. [MUSIC] Now the five inches of additional length pretty much translates directly into five more inches of leg room so you've got a lot of room to kind of spread out back here. Particularly this seat right here, the rear passenger side seat. Which has a little bit of control over the front passenger seat. If nobody's sitting there, you can actually move it out of the way and give yourself a little bit more leg room so you can really stretch out. Particularly with the $7750 premium rear seat system's ability to Tilt and recline these rear seats like we're doing right here. You can get real comfortable back here. And if that's not enough, we've got a couple of different settings for heating and massage on both of these back buckets. Now that premium system is also going to add these two ten-inch screens that you see right here that are going to give us some sort of control over infotainment and things like route previews, if we're navigating. We've also got these fold out trays on the seat back, which are at a perfect height for a laptop in case you wanna get some work done or maybe play on your laptop when you're on your way to where you're going. Of course, the back seats are the best seats in the house, but haven't forgot the front seat. Let's hop up there. Now we haven't forgotten about the driver. The XJL portfolio has a lot of creature comforts that are gonna make the front seat a very comfortable place to be as well, including these really nice Leather seats that are going to include heated and cooled surfaces. We've also got an $800 massage package, that's going to add a little bit of back rubbing up here too, so, I'm comfortable while I'm driving. Now on the dashboard we've got a pair of screens. Front and center we've got a digital instrument cluster that, it's not really my favorite digital instrument cluster. I don't really like the fake chrome on here, but Design is subjective, and that's just my opinion. And down in the center sec, we've got Jaguar's eight inch touchscreen navigation system, which has seen a lot of upgrades over the years since the XJ has been introduced, but those are just mostly styling upgrades. The organization is still a little bit complicated. There's still a lot of buttons on the screen at any given time, and it still kinda has this weird Gradient to look to it. Everything just looks a little over-designed. Now we've seen that the next generation of this system is coming and we're really looking forward to that. But, as we are right here, it's starting to look a little bit long in the tooth. Now, once you can get past the organization and design Design, you do have a lot of nice things, such as a full set of digital media sources. We got an 825 watt Meridian audio system here that sounds fantastic. And, we've also got navigation with traffic, it's not the most accurate traffic, but it will route around incidents, and that's good. Now, under the hood, you'll find a three liter, super charged V6 engine, putting out 340 horsepower, and 332 [INAUDIBLE] Torque. Not an overwhelming amount of power but it's definitely an adequate amount of power in a vehicle like this where speed is not the thing, comfort is. The engine's going to be mated with an eight speed automatic transmission putting power to all four wheels in this example. And the shifts that you get from that automatic transmission are very crisp. We've got pedal shifters, we got a sport mode, we've even got a dynamic mode if you really wanna go fast, but, even in its most sporty settings it doesn't really feel like a very responsive car. It's not that it's hesitating, it's not that the gear box isn't giving you the shifts when you need, and that steering isn't giving you the inputs when you want them, it's just a lot of mass to move around and there's not much you can really do about that so there's gonna be a little bit of lag. Thanks, [UNKNOWN] ,. Now, from a comfort standpoint, though, this car is very well sorted. We're at [UNKNOWN] right now. It's a very quiet ride, we're just kind of floating over all the undulations in the road and whenever we hit a crack in the asphalt, there is no jarring or coming up from the suspension, just a little, little bump, bump that you won't really even hear if you're in the back seat enjoying the loud meridian audio stereo system while you get a massage From your heated reclined seat. [MUSIC] Now the 2015 Jaguar XJL starts at about 84,700 bucks. But there are some options to consider. For example, if you want it in any color other than black or white or silver. It's about 1,500 bucks for this British racing green. The XJL is a good card to drive but its an even better car to be driven in. Particularly this $96,660 example with the very awesome rear seat amenities. And If you're the kind of person who drives around VIP's or you just wanna be the best Uber driver in your area This probably is the car for you. [MUSIC]