Jaguar XJ50. Price: starts at  ₹1.11 crore
Jaguar XJ50. Price: starts at 1.11 crore

Jaguar XJ50: A luxury 1st sedan with just enough tech to keep things interesting

  • Jaguar XJ50 is one of the few vehicles that has 360° surround cameras that allow the driver to see all around the car while driving
  • The XJ50 also has the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology from Jaguar, which is meant to aid the driver in different terrains

New Delhi: As far as luxury sedans go, the Jaguar XJ50 represents the cream of the crop. It belongs among the best as far as luxury, drive quality and other elements are concerned and also comes with a rich history and heritage of its own. But as much as the XJ50 is about luxury, there’s quite a bit of technology going into this vehicle.

To begin with, it’s one of the few vehicles that has 360° surround cameras that allow the driver to see all around the car while driving. This helps you watch the rear, front and sides of the car when you’re parking in tight spaces, driving on crowded streets and more. The car will of course alert you when pedestrians or other cars are nearby, but an extra eye on the road does help.

In fact, if the 360° cameras don’t help you park, the XJ50 also has park assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking. Engaging this mode allows the driver to simply control the pedals while the car steers itself into a tight parking space. It’s useful when you’re parking in designated spaces, but the car will usually find it difficult to adapt to the more makeshift parking spaces we often find in India.

The XJ50 also has the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology from Jaguar, which is meant to aid the driver in different terrains. The company describes this as a “low speed cruise control" and it focuses on traction control. The driver can set the speed between 3.6kmph and 30kmph and focus on steering, while the car manages traction control, based on the terrain one is driving on. It’s meant to make the drive simpler when you’re on slippery or undulating surfaces. That said, while the Jaguar XJ50 does not have self-drive features like Volvo or Mercedes, the infotainment system ensures you can stay connected when you’re in the vehicle, making it in some sense a partly-connected car.

Jaguar uses the Touch Pro infotainment system that you may have seen in a Range Rover. It has a 10-inch touchscreen on the dash, which is how you interact with this system. You can also use Jaguar’s In Control apps for real-time traffic information, satellite views and more. The infotainment system will connect to your phone through Bluetooth, or you can use the USB ports to enable Apple Carplay and Android Auto. That means you can get Google Maps on the screen if you need to, and other functions of your phone are also easier to use when you’re driving.

The car also has rear seat infotainment, with screens on the backs of the front seats. Since this is also meant to be a chauffeur-driven car, the rear infotainment system will let the passenger control their entertainment as they are driven to their destination.

For audio, Jaguar has a partnership with Meridian Audio making the in-car music experience better than ordinary. The XJ50 has 18 speakers fitted on the sides, front and rear, along with two sub-woofers and it sounds quite great inside. Volvo’s Bowers and Wilkins system sounds crisper, but the Meridian system here leaves almost nothing to complain about either. It sounds very similar to Mercedes’ Burmester audio system.

The Jaguar XJ50 is obviously meant to be luxurious first, so the emphasis is on comfort and drive. But even so, Jaguar hasn’t really skimped out on technology, fitting enough things inside to make it a modern and connected vehicle.

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