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There is no mistaking a Jaguar. Especially when it’s as elegant as this 2002 XJ8L Vanden Plas edition. With its beautiful curves, extended wheelbase, luxurious interior, and 4.0L V8 it has plenty of great features. And with only 55k miles, this well maintained Jaguar is one of the nicer examples you will find.
For more than 50 years the XJ model was a staple of the Jaguar lineup as their full-size luxury car. This L version goes a step further by adding 5” to the wheelbase and creating a limousine-like rear compartment. The White Onyx paint with chrome wheels and accents give a very elegant appearance, and of course there is the unmistakable Jaguar hood ornament out front. There is also a two-way sunroof for those nice summer days. The Pirelli tires show a 2016 date code and have fewer than 5,000 miles on them.
Power is from a 4.0L V8 rated at 290 hp while the transmission is a 5-speed automatic. It has Jaguar’s independent rear suspension for better performance than similar luxury cars, and as the top-of-the-line Vanden Plas edition it provides a softer ride than the regular XJ8. The driving experience is enjoyable as well, with a responsive rack and pinion steering arrangement and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
The interior is exceptionally comfortable; between the spacious cabin and excellent seats it feels like a living room on wheels. Note the tray tables for the rear seats! The beige leather with burl wood accents give a rich English feel. Everything is in great condition although the rear of the headliner is sagging. Desirable features include automatic climate control along with heated front and rear seats. Everything works properly as well, from the cold a/c to the analog clock.
This car offers all the style and substance you would expect from a Jaguar. This era XJ is also a terrific bargain, especially when you consider this particular car’s condition, features, and mileage. All for less than a used Hyundai.