Even luxury cars have to move with the times, as the new V6-engined Jaguar XJ meets the Audi A8
Just like any country manor house, petrol-powered limousines are as expensive to run as they are rewarding to own.
So in a bid to drive down sky-high bills, Jaguar has introduced a new 3.0-litre supercharged V6 version of its eye-catching XJ luxury saloon.
Not only does this entry-level, stop-start-equipped petrol model cost no more to buy than the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 version it replaces, it’s also much cleaner. Tweaks to the suspension have been designed to address our main gripe with the car – the overly firm ride – and we’re testing the new XJ in Premium Luxury trim.
Facing the Jaguar is an equally efficient limousine, in the shape of Audi’s imposing A8. It also has a supercharged 3.0-litre V6, but it’s cleaner than the XJ’s, plus the Audi is cheaper to buy. Which provides the better balance of refinement and performance for buyers keen not to resort to diesel power? We drive the two cars to find out...