So if you want a car that gets a lot of looks, this one will do that for you. It didn’t matter from what angle people were looking, they always did a double-take. Parked in front of a hotel, silently gliding down a residential street or sailing down the highway, this car gets eyeballs. People would actually take pictures of it. It’s likely a combination of the slick, distinctive styling and the monstrous, impossibly long profile. Its smooth curves, the unique take on the rear pillar/window accents and massive rear end are bookended by a handsome, aggressive grille, integrated, muscular exhaust tips and waterfall LEDs in the tail lights. It all comes together to make up a memorable package. Whether it’s your cup of tea or not, you’ll certainly look twice as it drives by and the big Jag is likely to make a lasting impression. My review car also had the very nice 19-inch Toba wheels, shod with 245/45s up front and massive 275/40s in the back.
Impressions continue to be made the moment you get in. The interior is sumptuous, and most everything looks and feels opulent. As huge as the car is, I found the head room to be somewhat limited – there was enough for me (at 5’10”) and my big hair, but not much more. The materials are world-class. A beautifully sculpted dash, with hoods for the instruments (which are actually an LCD screen) and air vents, is wrapped in leather. The curve that extends from the tops of the door panels all the way around under the windshield delights the eye and is accented in a gorgeous wood. The pillars and headliner are upholstered in Alcantara. Luxurious touches abound, like a gorgeous wood-trimmed and heated steering wheel and an analog clock. There are also nifty things like a little round metal button on the dash – it’s touch-sensitive and electronically unlatches the glove compartment door – although that’s just one more thing that could go wrong in the future.
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The beautiful leather seats – with their perforated panels and contrasting piping – are highly adjustable and equally comfortable. They are heated, cooled and have massaging functions for good measure. Smack dab in the middle of the centre stack is Jaguar’s touchscreen which looks after your sound system (a spectacular-sounding Meridian one), phone functions and navigation. Sadly, there’s little to like about it as the screen isn’t particular sharp, the user interface is clumsy, over-compartmentalized and slow to respond to touch inputs. The system is also very laggy while doing things like recalculating navigation routes – such that you’ll be past the next ideal turn-off before the system notifies you about it. A high and wide centre console is home to the now-familiar rotary gear selector that silently rises when you fire up the car, as well as cupholders that can be hidden. Overall, the interior didn’t strike me as the most modern of cabins – and I liked that very much.