Ads on test: Jaguar XJ6 (X350)

This two-owner Jaguar XJ6 with extensive manufacturer history has to be worth a look

Cost New £40,000 Price £8995

T

he aluminium XJ6 was a major departure from tradition for the Coventry firm. The new XJ happened to be bigger, better equipped and more advanced than the old version, while also managing to be lighter. No mean feat, and one that had several advantages.

The XJ6 has always offered a tantalising mixture of luxury motoring with a sporting flavour, and the X350 exemplified this.

It might have looked traditional but under the surface it was anything but. There was an extensive range of engines starting with a 201bhp 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel and culminating in the 395bhp supercharged 4.2-litre petrol V8. There was also a clever computer-controlled adaptive air-suspension system that constantly adjusted the ride to suit the driving conditions.

This XJ6 is currently for sale at Kim Cairns Classic Cars in Snettisham, Norfolk. Finished in an attractive shade of Topaz (it’s not gold) with a champagne hide interior it presents very well. It’s not a super-low-mileage example, its two former keepers having covered 73,085 miles between them, but it has led a pampered life. There are eleven Jaguar main dealer service stamps plus all of the owner's documents in their original Jaguar wallet. The tools are all present and correct and the spare has never been used.

Careful scrutiny of the exterior reveals few age-related marks. The front end has some minor gravel chips and there are some light kerb marks to the driver’s side front wheel. A scuff to the passenger rear wheelarch indicates a light parking bump: this will be rectified before sale. The headlights don’t show the usual signs of clouding, which is a surprise. Inside this Jaguar there’s very little sign that it’s 14 years old. The dash, seats and headlining are all in 'as new' condition.

On the move this Jag is keen. Its 3.0-litre V6 engine might not be as impressive as the range- topping supercharged V8 but it’s still no slouch and it sounds fantastic. The six-speed ZF transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, happy to kickdown with a prod of the throttle. There’s a lot of grip from the Pirelli P6000 tyres, all of which have plenty of tread. Few saloons offer the right mix of comfort and fun, but this XJ6 does. We don’t think the £8995 asking price is a lot for such a quality vehicle. Drive it and you’ll be won over.

JAGUAR XJ6 3.0 V6 (X350)

Year:     2005
Mileage:    73,085
On sale at:    Kim Cairns Classic Cars
kimcairnsclassics.co.uk

Specifications
Engine:     2967cc, 6-cyl, DOHC
Transmission:    RWD, 6-speed auto
Power:     240bhp@6800rpm
Torque:     221lb-ft@4100rpm
Weight:     1545kg

Performance
0-60mph:    8.4sec
Top speed:    145mph
Economy:     27mpg

Choose your JAGUAR XJ6 (X350)

2002: Unpainted all-alloy. X350 XJ debuts at the Paris Motor Show.

2003: New XJ goes on sale with adaptive air suspension. Radical use of aluminium makes it both light and clever.

2005: A long-wheelbase version of the saloon is made available and is the longest Jaguar vehicle made to that date.

2007: Facelift arrives in February and centres on a revised front grille and bumper. The ‘leaper’ on the bonnet is replaced by a more conventional Jaguar badge.

2009: Production ends in March with a total of 83,566 cars made in seven years.