December was cold and snowy, but it was an otherwise routine month for our 2013 Jaguar XJL, which continues to be the most luxurious (and among the most reliable) cruisers in our Four Seasons fleet.
Properly shod with Bridgestone Blizzaks and WeatherTech FloorLiner Digital mats, the XJL has been a comfortable and capable sled for the winter. The Jaguar spent plenty of time chauffeuring us to local events in style, such as a night out on the town with associate web editor Jake Holmes. Ann Arbor not a large city, but its downtown area is notoriously tight on parking spaces, so Holmes was initially apprehensive when he was handed the key fob to the XJ for the night. That changed as the evening went on.
“I thought it was unfortunate that I ended up with our long-wheelbase Jaguar on the one night of the week I was headed downtown,” he said. “Yet this lengthy, wide, heavy sedan is remarkably easy to drive and, somehow, feels much smaller than it is.”
That sentiment has been common among the magazine staff, but we have been able to wedge the XJL into crowded parking lots, narrow side streets, and tight driveways with little trouble. And happily, the car’s striking green paint remains without scratch or blemish.
Holmes, did detect one odd quirk, however.
“On a side note—and this is neither a complaint nor an insult, just an observation—the XJL has a very peculiar scent in its cabin,” he observed.“If I had to pick a name, I'd call it, ‘Old Lady Perfume.’ I suppose, though, that's an appropriate flavor for the inside of a green Jaguar XJL.”
If that’s the worst that happens, we’ll happily vent the windows and enjoy driving our decadent Jaguar.