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Why is my Jaguar so reliable?
There’s a running joke in the automotive industry that if you own a Jaguar or Land Rover, you shouldn’t wander too far from a dealer in case something goes wrong.
Unfortunately stereotypes are hard to shake, and in some cases are based on some level of truth.
This was evident when the British company’s new CEO, Thierry Bollore, admitted this week perceived and actual quality issues are costing Jaguar Land Rover at least 100,000 sales a year from dissatisfied or unconvinced customers.
This got me thinking about my Jaguar F-Pace, which I bought new when it first came out in September 2016.
At the time, it was probably the first or second delivery of an F-Pace in Brisbane and to date it hasn’t exactly become a common sight – although I see a lot more of them in Sydney.
Our car was ordered in Italian racing red with a red interior, 20-inch black wheels and the full black pack.
In fact, I actually had the former head of Jaguar design (who also designed my Aston Martin Vantage) and all-around legend, Ian Callum, spec the look of my car when I met him at the launch in Montenegro.
All the fluff aside, it’s been four and half years and about 50,000km since we took delivery of our Jaguar F-Pace and, despite it feeling a little old on the inside due to lack of technologies like Apple CarPlay, nothing serious has gone wrong with the car. Ever.
I know, it’s weird. I was half expecting it to have caught on fire by now and for me to become a meme. I even put my surname on it so if it’s ever on a tow-truck I can get some good photos to perpetuate the myth of British unreliability.
Nonetheless, despite my absolute best efforts of driving it as hard as a supercar (that’s powered by a 2.0-litre diesel), the only things that have gone wrong are the driver’s door cladding glue (which needed some reapplication), a small leak in one of the radiators, and a problem with the front wheel bearings.
Both the radiator and wheel bearings were replaced.
Jaguar replaced and fixed everything under warranty, even though the wheel bearings were actually a year outside the three-year manufacturer warranty period (now five years as part of an ongoing offer), but they were replaced as the car was serviced at Jaguar and they deemed it unusual wear given the life of the vehicle.
On the inside my kids (who were around five and two when we bought the F-Pace) have done their best to destroy the back seat with spilt milkshakes and hot chocolates, not to mention bits of McDonald’s happy meals and whatever else kids eat, smudged and smeared all through the leather.
After a basic detail, it always looks as good as new.
If I’m perfectly honest, the reliability and durability of the Jaguar is almost disappointing.
There’s no stories about my wife being stranded halfway between Brisbane and Warwick on the side of the road at night. No dead starter motor, black smoke coming out of the back, oil covering the garage, random engine lights, absolutely nothing.
I just wanted something to go wrong, at this rate I am concerned I might have bought a Lexus.
Everything you’ve heard about Jaguars of old is pretty much irrelevant.
Even the electronics work like the day it was delivered. The sunroof, the windows, the keyless entry, the automatic boot opener using your feet, all of it still works. The Meridian sound system is still a delight, too.
People always ask me as a joke how I could put my wife and kids in a car that spends half its life on the side of the road, and I won’t deny my response has at times been “we also have a German SUV for when I want to make sure they get home”.
The reality is though, it’s never left me feeling anxious about breaking down or being unreliable.
With all of that in mind, recently we came to the realisation we need a new family SUV. The thought of buying a BMW X5 or Audi Q7 is very sensible and logical. I probably should just do that, but I’ve always been attracted to niche cars that are not all that common.
My wife started her car buying journey looking at a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe, which I categorically vetoed in the strongest form a man can against his wife – I said ‘yes honey, let’s go drive it’.
Thankfully the world’s largest Mercedes-Benz dealership (literally), which just happens to be in Brisbane not only had no car for us to drive, but couldn’t care all that much either.
That solved the problem of buying a Mercedes I’m not a particular fan of. I like the standard GLE, but the Coupe looks like it belongs in a Santa Monica car park.
The next choice was the Bentley Bentayga. It’s an epic-looking SUV that’s super spacious and has an incredibly well-appointed interior… but is too big for where we intend to park it.
Plus, spending $500,000 on an SUV seems like a waste of money – although my wife would disagree.
Then came the Genesis GV80, which I rate and would love to own… except for the steering wheel, which is really peculiar in shape and annoying to hold.
Even if i could get past that (and I probably could) the bigger issue is the fact the brand would not discount $1 from its price, making the car more expensive than a Porsche Cayenne. Insert error noise here.
I tried to convince my wife we should wait for either the updated Tesla Model X (we bought one a few years ago, paid and lost the deposit as we never took delivery because the interior fit and finish was shocking), or the next-generation Range Rover Sport coming out ‘soon’.
Unfortunately, she used this very website to confirm my idea of soon and her idea of soon are about 12 months apart.
Before she had the option to run back and find someone willing to help at the local Mercedes dealership, I suggested we look at the 2021 Range Rover Velar with updated infotainment, gearstick, and a few other things.
She asked if Range Rovers are “really unreliable”, pretty much cementing the perception issue of the brand.
I asked if she felt the Jaguar was unreliable, and she said she had never even thought about it given it never broke down (which is what you want to hear).
After some argy-bargy, negotiations, and promises I would stop buying other ‘useless’ cars we don’t need, she agreed the new Velar would be a good choice before the new Range Rover Sport comes out. We can then swap into that.
So here we are, waiting for the Velar to show up. We’re hoping to take delivery in the coming months.
So after nearly five years of owning a Jaguar F-Pace and owning a now-previous-generation Land Rover Discovery Sport (that one was definitely a Friday car), I’m either stupid for going back and tempting fate, or Jaguar Land Rover can finally make reliable cars and the brand is just waiting for the perception issue to ease.
Either way, the stereotype around reliability of British and European cars in general is simply no longer (as) valid. Now I’m not saying a Jaguar is as reliable as a Toyota, what I am saying though is that reliability this day and age shouldn’t be about the number of faults but the overall ownership experience.
With five-year warranty periods and strong Australian Consumer Laws, don’t let old ideas and stereotypes stop you from buying the car you actually love.
Or, you know, just go buy a Lexus… but bring your pacemaker with you.
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How reliable is Jaguar? A balanced look at the luxury British manufacturer
Jaguar is synonymous with British luxury and style. Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, and have been a symbol of British engineering for some years now and one dealership supplied cars to the Queen, the Queen Mother and Prince Charles. In fact, they even modified one of the Queen’s Jaguars to make it more environmentally friendly.
But despite this, Jaguar has been plagued with the issue of dependability for some time now. Although they are known for their build quality and style, Jaguar has always been considered quite unreliable cars.
Is this still the case? How reliable are Jaguar?
In this article, we look at how reliable Jaguar is and how this compares to their rivals.
How reliable are Jaguar?
As we said, there was once a time when Jaguar was considered unreliable. And, this wasn’t actually too long ago. In fact, in 2014, the UK was placed at the bottom of the reliability table in a WarrantyDirect survey partly due to the low-reliability score of Jaguar. This survey was compiled to show the best nations for reliability, and the UK came last out of eight nations.
Jaguar also placed 29th in comparison to the automotive industry in terms of reliability, click here to discover where their competitors placed.This also appeared to be the case in the 2017 survey by WarrantyDirect, which found that British cars were some of the worst on the roads in terms of dependability. This again, was partly due to Jaguar’s unreliability. That said, they also factored in Land Rover and Vauxhall in this survey, so it wasn’t all to do with Jaguar. And we all know how unreliable Land Rover are, so there’s a good chance that they brought down the overall reliability considerably. However, the Telegraph put Jaguar 16th in their table for car reliability. This was up from 23rd last year. Jaguar have reduced their problems to 123 problems per 100 vehicles, this is down from 173 the previous year, which is quite an achievement.
Reliability Index put Jaguar 29th out of 39 on their reliability table. They also gave Jaguar a reliability index of 171. This isn’t a great score (the lower the score the better), and is quite a bit below the industry average. That said, they still rank their reliability as average and compared to some of their competitors, their score is sky high. To give you a quick comparison, Bentley scored 529 on the ReliabilityIndex.
If we look at individual scores, then the results are mixed. The Jaguar S-Type is given a poor reliability index and a score of 226. It is also expensive to fix, with the average cost of repair at £516.88. The Jaguar XF scores better, with a reliability index of 136. This isn’t great but it’s not terrible. It also costs much less to repair at £376.72 on average.
The Jaguar XK does even better, with a reliability index of 116. This is just a bit better than the industry average. It does cost more to repair though, with an average repair cost of £434.10. So the results are mixed. Jaguar were once unreliable, scoring low in reliability tables and with a high number of problems per 100 vehicles. However, they appear to be making a comeback, and there could be a few reasons for this, which we will talk about now.
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Why are the results so mixed?
So why are the results so mixed? The Telegraph put them as considerably more dependable than they were last year, with a jump of almost ten places in their table and a decrease in problems per vehicle by 50 but WarrantyDirect still claim they bring down the UK in their reliability table.
There could be a few reasons for this.
The WarrantyDirect survey studied cars that were over 4 years old and was measuring long term reliability. There is nothing wrong with this and usually a brands reliability doesn’t change that much in a few years. But, you may remember that Jaguar have recently been taken over by Tata Motors and underwent new management.
And, in 2015, this new management swore that the days of dubious dependability were over. All vehicles in the 2016 lineup were to come with a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty and free scheduled maintenance for that period. This would have increased consumer confidence, brought down maintenance costs and in turn, increased their reliability rating. This may explain why they shot up in the Telegraph reliability table.
Another reason Jaguar have increased their reliability is due to increased reliability of their technology. In recent years, luxury cars have seen decreased reliability because of the advanced technology put in their cars. This technology can go wrong and can be expensive to repair and replace. However, with all technology, the more popular it becomes the easier it is to repair and tweak and ensure that all problems are ironed out. So, any problems Jaguar may have had in the past have been resolved.
So those are some of the reasons Jaguar might have become more dependable in the past year. Whether this will extend into the long term remains to be seen, but for now it looks like the days of Jaguar being unreliable are over.
What are the common Jaguar problems?
When you are looking at buying a car, it’s good to know what problems you could encounter further down the line. Here are some of the problems you may have to deal with if you own a Jaguar;
- Suspension problems
- The suspension on Jaguar’s is prone to wear and tear, so this is something you should look out for if you are buying a second hand Jaguar.
- Windscreen wiper failure
- Jaguar cars are also known for going through windscreen wipers quicker than others, so you will probably have to replace them more often than you would on another car.
- Water leaks
- Some have reported that there have been incidents of leaking in the boot and the front footwell. This has often been caused by faulty outer-door seals.
Those are some of the things that you may want to be aware of when you are looking at a second hand Jaguar. This is also worth knowing if you are buying a new model, so you can know what sort of problems you may encounter later down the line.
How reliable are surveys?
When determining the reliability of a brand, surveys are pretty good. Surveys by the likes of WarrantyDirect are useful because they can pull their data from a huge amount of information and therefore get an accurate view of how reliable a brand is. Surveys also use information from owners, who are the ones who are most likely to know how reliable a car is. After all, they drive it everyday so know exactly how reliable it is or isn’t.
In general, consumer surveys are a good place to look when determining reliability. In this case, it is better to look at the most recent surveys rather than ones that are a few years old. This is simply due to the drastic change in reliability we have seen in Jaguar. The chances are, there aren’t many brands that have had such a dramatic change in such a short space of time.
Jaguar vs. Porsche vs. Bentley; Which is more reliable?
So how does Jaguar measure up to its competitors?
We said that Jaguar have had a drastic change in reliability, but they aren’t the only ones. Porsche are very much the comeback kid when it comes to dependability as well. Porsche have consistently been at the bottom of the reliability tables and charts for years and were known for their unreliability. However, it was this year (2017), that they were named the most reliable car brand by J.D Power in their annual Vehicle Dependability Survey.That said, Reliability Index hasn’t been kind to them, reporting that almost all of their models poor for reliability and as very expensive to repair. Porsche overall has a very high-reliability index, even higher than Jaguar at 308. However, if Porsche really has made their models more reliable then we should see this change over the coming years.
Bentley, on the other hand, are still as unreliable as ever, it seems. They are the second from the bottom of the Reliability Index with a reliability index of 529. They have also come last in several dependability tables and are widely known as being unreliable cars. When they are off the road, they are off the road for a long period of time and parts are expensive to source and replace. This can bring the dependability down.
If you’re trying to decide between the three and reliability is your priority, then Jaguar does come out on top. Porsche isn’t far behind though, so you wouldn’t be too worse off looking at Porsche. However, if you value longevity then you might want to look elsewhere than Bentley, as they are still an unreliable brand.
In conclusion, Jaguar are actually pretty dependable at the minute. They were once very unreliable, coming in at the bottom of the reliability tables. But recently that has begun to change and have been creeping their way up to the top of reliability charts. This could be for a number of reasons, but the main reason is most likely the fact that the new management made it their aim to produce more dependable vehicles and instil more consumer confidence in their products. To do this they have offered longer warranties with scheduled maintenance included, and it seems like this is paying off. If you are looking for a new car that is as luxurious as it is reliable, then you might want to look at a Jaguar.
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Jaguar is a bastion of Britishness, even though it and its sister brand Land Rover are now owned by India-based Tata Motors. A fresh charge spearheaded by new SUVs and electric cars, plus the popular XE and XF saloons and the stunning F-Type sports car, means the brand is enjoying a resurgence.
But Jaguar still has some way to go to shake off its reputation for iffy build quality and truly challenge other luxury brands, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
One way it hopes to do that is by being one of the first marques to electrify its cars. Jaguar and sister brand Land Rover have committed to manufacturing only hybrid or full-electric vehicles by 2020. This follows a similar move by Swedish carmaker Volvo.
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How reliable are Jaguar cars?
We run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Jaguar owners, we have reliability data for new Jaguar cars aged up to three years old, and also models aged between three and eight years old.
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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public, covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
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How much do Jaguar cars cost?
Jaguar is a premium brand, and its cars are competitively priced against rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Jaguar has a smaller range, though.
Its cheapest model starts from around £29,000 for the Jaguar E-Pace small SUV, similar to challengers the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
Its saloons don’t cost that much more, with the Jaguar XE priced from roughly £32,000. Its most expensive models are the Jaguar F-Type sports car (£48,000) and the Tesla-rivalling Jaguar I-Pace luxury all-electric SUV (£62,000), which is considerably cheaper than its main competitor, the Tesla Model X (£83,000).
Choosing the best Jaguar car
All new Jaguar cars being launched from 2020 are expected to be either hybrids or fully electric cars, following its pledge in 2017. However, conventional-fuel cars are still available on models that originally launched in previous years. Jaguar’s car range is focused on tradtional saloons as well as SUVs, capitalising on their recent rise in popularity.
If you’re looking for a compact SUV, the Jaguar E-Pace is the brand's smallest car. For those who want more space, there's the medium-sized Jaguar F-Pace 4x4. Its full-sized, luxury SUV, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace (pictured above), obviously has Tesla in its sights.
Jaguar’s historical home is in saloon cars, and these remain a popular choice with buyers. The Jaguar XE compact executive saloon rivals the excellent BMW 3 Series, whereas the Jaguar XF luxury saloon completes with the upmarket mid-sized BMW 5 Series.
For those looking for the traditional, quintessential Jaguar saloon, you’ll want to buy used, as the brand moves towards SUVs and an electrified future. The famous large luxury Jaguar XJ, defining the marque’s magic right back to 1968, has gone off sale.
If you really want to see what a modern Jaguar’s made of, there’s no better place than the Porsche-rivalling Jaguar F-Type. This is the marque’s current sports car, and its first since the acclaimed iconic E-Type, more than 50 years ago.
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Are Jaguars Good Cars? (And Are They Worth The Money?)
Jaguar builds some of the most elegant vehicles in the world, and is a household name when it comes to stylish cars.
It would be hard not to consider a Jaguar if you were in the market for a luxury car, but sales have never been as strong as some of its German competitors.
So, are Jaguars good cars?
Jaguars are some of the most exceptional high-quality cars around. Their reputation for reliability is improving, their looks are magnificent, and their performance is sublime. Jaguar has a long history of producing great cars, and is continuing to innovate as we move into the electric vehicle era.
But given that Jaguar produces some of the finest cars available, how much do they cost to run, and how much has their reliability improved in recent years?
Jaguar has been producing refined, stylish cars for over 85 years. It was 1935 when the brand first came into the public’s consciousness with the SS Jaguar 2.5l Saloon.
The first Jaguar was produced by the Swallow Sidecar Company (SS), but it didn’t take long to shift that name shortly after the Second World War (for obvious reasons), and the Jaguar brand was born.
Throughout the following decades, Jaguar made a name for itself on the track, winning at Le Mans in the 1950s, and developing innovative aerodynamic designs for its racers. It wouldn’t take long before success on the track would translate to prosperity on the road.
Perhaps the most famous Jaguar of all time is the E-Type, once referred to by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever made”. High praise from a man who knew a thing or two about designing stunning cars.
But it wasn’t only two-seater sports cars that Jaguar was producing. The Mark I and Mark II performance saloons had sold well, and in the late 60s the first generation XJ model was born, part of a lineage that existed until 2019.
In the 1970s the Jaguar XJS was seen as a spiritual successor to the E-Type, which was in production for an amazing 21 years. Over 100,000 cars later and the XK 100 Series was born to take over the mantle, with the XK8 coming into production in 1996.
Having gone through several changes of ownership over the years, today the Jaguar brand is owned by Indian company Tata Motors, having been sold by Ford in 2008.
The current lineup contains a mix of elite sports cars, sedans, SUVs, and electric vehicles. The company has announced plans to go fully electric by 2025.
Are Jaguars good looking cars?
Whilst beauty is subjective, most car enthusiasts agree that Jaguar have produced some of the most beautiful road cars ever seen on the roads.
It’s widely agreed that the E-Type is the most beautiful Jaguar ever produced. Its sweeping roofline, stunning lines, and classic design make it one of the most iconic cars the world has ever seen.
Whilst no other Jaguar can live up to the E-Type’s 1960s elegance, there have certainly been some great looking cars in the years since.
The Mark II Jag, which was in production at around the same time as the E-Type, is the epitome of old-school style, and the more modern XK series is now coming of age.
In recent years the once criticized XJS has also found its feet in the classic car world, as collectors start to realize its charm.
Perhaps the most beautiful modern Jaguar is the F-Type; the company’s up-to-date interpretation of the 60s E-Type classic.
The high-performance, two-seater sports coupe looks fantastic, but unfortunately modern cars can’t escape the design-limiting safety provisions now required by law. In most people’s opinion, classic cars will always look better for this reason.
Of the brand’s other modern vehicles, the SUV range looks great when compared to the competition, and the electric has an appealing, futuristic design which has proven popular so far.
Overall, Jaguar is standing by its heritage and continuing to produce some great looking cars well into the 21st century.
Are Jaguars luxury cars?
Jaguars are considered luxury cars. They have the best tech, are crafted with the finest materials, and can transport passengers in extreme comfort.
Jaguar has long considered itself a luxury brand, and produces cars for the higher end of the market. It aims to position itself above the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes in terms of style, comfort, and price.
A Jaguar is a nice place to be regardless of road conditions, speed, and the number of passengers on board.
There’s generally plenty of legroom, the seats are plush, and at high speed it’s very quiet. Smooth acceleration and adaptive suspension on the more modern cars make long distance cruising a pleasure rather than a chore.
As well as the legroom, there is usually plenty of luggage space in a Jaguar as well, making it highly practical. How much luggage space you get will of course depend on the model you buy.
Along with the comfort and practicality of a Jaguar making it great for long distance journeys, modern Jags tend to get excellent fuel efficiency. Even those cars with larger engines will do well over 30mpg, whilst some diesel models can hit 60+ mpg.
Thanks to the state-of-the-art onboard tech, everything you need whilst on the road is at the touch of a button. The entertainment system, all the driver comforts, and top-notch safety equipment make driving a breeze, and you can rest assured you’re as safe as can be behind the wheel.
But it’s not only when you’re on the road that you start to build an affinity with Jaguar. The company aims to make the dealership experience all part of the allure of owning one of the world’s highest quality marques.
All of this is in reference to modern Jags, but Jaguar has always been on top of its game when it comes to style and comfort. So even if you’re buying a used car, you’ll find that all of these elements remain. Minus the fuel efficiency and onboard tech with the older vehicles, of course!
Are Jaguars fast cars?
Jaguars are fast cars, but are also refined. Over the years the company has developed a number of powerful engines for its road cars, proving that speed and luxury can go hand in hand.
Jaguar has made supercars in the past. Back in the early 1990s, the one-of-a-kind XJ220 was released. At the time it was the fastest car in the world, reaching 60mph in 3.8 seconds and hitting a top speed of 213mph. Just a shade off the 220mph its name suggested, unfortunately!
To this day the XJ220 remains the fastest Jaguar ever made in terms of top speed, but in terms of raw power and acceleration its crown has been stolen by the XE SV Project 8.
When it was launched in 2019, this car became the most powerful road-going Jaguar ever to roll off the production line, and only 300 were ever made.
The supercars will always steal the headlines, but the truth is the majority of Jaguars that have been produced over the years have great performance figures.
Whilst smaller engines and diesel alternatives are available for those who want to maximise efficiency, you only have to look at the larger engines that are available in its best performing models to understand that speed is a key consideration.
The most powerful modern Jaguar you can buy is the F-Type R. It has a 5l supercharged V8 producing 575 horsepower and will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Not all F-Types are that powerful, however, and 2l and 3l variants have also been offered over the years.
If you’re looking at buying a used Jaguar, there have been some impressively fast cars over the last few decades. The XKR (both X100 and X150 generations) was Jaguar’s flagship sports car between 1996 and 2014.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a fast Jag, the XKR would be our choice.
If an SUV is your thing, you can buy an F-Pace fitted with Jaguar’s 5l supercharged V8, which produces 550 horsepower and reaches 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Quite staggering for a car of its size.
With Jaguar committed to going fully electric, it’s a good job the i-Pace has already set a precedent. The company’s foray into the EV market sees a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, but a top speed of just 124 mph.
Are Jaguar cars reliable?
Historically Jaguars had a terrible reputation for reliability but in recent years their reliability has improved. The build quality of modern Jaguars is improving every year, and many now consider them to be as dependable as their German rivals.
Jaguars have been considered unreliable ever since British Leyland were in charge in the 1970s. This was due to inadequate build quality, poor design, and insufficient funding during those years.
Under Ford’s ownership in the 1990s and 2000s there was serious investment into modernizing Jaguar’s manufacturing process, and it didn’t take long before reliability started improving. Since Tata Motors took over in 2008 that positive trend has continued.
Jaguar has always been at the forefront of technology which hindered the company somewhat in the 90s due to the sophistication of its cars, and the cost of fixing them when they went wrong.
Electrical and infotainment system issues are some of the most common problems complained about by Jaguar owners. Fortunately many of these issues are relatively minor and easy to fix.
Jaguar’s modern engines have proven to be very reliable when looked after and they can last at least 200,000 miles if regular maintenance routines are followed.
Any Jaguar that has been produced under Ford or Tata’s watchful eyes will be more reliable than those from previous eras. But as with any luxury car, you should expect to be doing regular routine maintenance throughout your ownership.
One of the most reliable used Jaguars is the XJ6 (X300) that was produced between 1994 and 1997. The straight-six engine is extremely durable, and the transmission is solid.
Nowadays Jaguar is now backing itself on reliability by offering a competition-beating warranty with every new car sold. The five year (or 60,000 mile) warranty gives new owners peace of mind that things will be taken care of if anything does go wrong during that time period.
Are Jaguars expensive cars?
New Jaguars are usually more expensive to buy than their rivals, but used Jaguars can often be relatively cheap. Jaguars can also be expensive to run as the cost of parts and maintenance is high.
Three of Jaguar’s main rivals are BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. The majority of models in Jaguar’s range has an equivalent car built by these three manufacturers.
We’ve compared five Jaguars against their competitors from these German manufacturers in the table below to find out which is the most expensive, and which is the cheapest.
When compared to their rivals, the Jaguar model comes out as the most expensive in four out of the five of the cars we studied in the USA, but only one (the F-Type) in the UK.
In both countries the XF is the cheapest in comparison to its rivals by far, and in the UK the F-Pace is the cheapest in the large SUV range.
Of course, this test only looks at the ‘on the road’ price of the base models and there are many different factors that go into pricing a car, and options for the buyer to choose from.
But at a basic level, the perception that Jaguars are expensive seems to be true in the USA, but not so much in the UK.
Unfortunately new Jaguars don’t hold their value well, and tend to depreciate more than their rivals during the first few years of ownership. This could be due to their perceived poor reliability, or the expected high cost of maintenance.
Many potential buyers of used Jaguars are scared off by the thought of costly repairs and servicing, which can make them an extremely cheap second-hand purchase.
As demand is lower for these reasons, certain used Jags are often difficult to sell. However, it’s a different story for the sportiest and rarest models, and there will always be demand for these.
Many of them end up becoming classics, and as demand starts rising again, so do prices. If values are rising, buyers are more willing to pay the additional maintenance costs associated with owning a Jaguar.
But are people’s concerns justified? Are Jaguars expensive to maintain?
Jaguars are expensive to maintain due to the high cost of parts, servicing, and pricey repairs when complex electrical systems go wrong.
Whilst the German rivals can also be costly to run, historically Jaguars have tended to be slightly more expensive when it comes to parts and labor.
Anecdotally it’s understood that it costs at least $1400 / £1000 per year on average for servicing and maintenance on a Jaguar, although this will vary depending on the model, age, service history, and how many miles it’s covered.
These days, Jaguar hopes that with its focus on improving reliability, the cost of running one will fall in line with the competition. Although these premium European brands will always be more expensive to maintain than an equivalent Japanese car, for example.
If you own an older Jaguar that’s not under warranty it’s definitely worth finding an independent specialist who understands these cars. Independents will charge a fraction of what main dealerships will charge.
Jaguar themselves also offer fixed-price servicing for cars with expired warranties, so it’s a good idea to get an understanding of the costs involved with both of these options and compare.
Insurance is another cost to think about when assessing which car to buy. Insuring a Jaguar can be expensive as they are luxury vehicles and tend to have powerful engines. It will be especially expensive for young drivers under the age of 28.
Overall, owning a Jaguar is expensive but many consider the driving experience and thrill of owning such an exclusive model of car to be worth the cost.
There are things you can do to reduce the amount you need to spend, such as finding the right garage or signing up to a cost-effective servicing plan. But long-term, when owning a Jaguar you’ll be spending more than you would on a regular vehicle.
Is it worth buying a Jaguar?
A Jaguar is worth buying if you like to drive a car that’s classy, elegant, fast, and has a great heritage. What you spend on maintenance you’ll get back in satisfaction, pleasure, and indulgence once you’re behind the wheel.
Jaguars aren’t for everyone, and you need to know what you’re getting into before making the purchase, but the majority of owners end up with a smile on their face once they experience the luxury and finesse that these cars ooze.
Modern Jaguars are a great option and should be a genuine consideration alongside their rivals.
A lot of work has gone into making them more reliable and bringing the cost of ownership down, and the current range of cars offers something a little different to what other European brands traditionally offer.
Jaguar has started on its journey to full electrification and the i-Pace is an excellent option for those looking to make the switch from internal combustion.
The second-hand market for Jaguars is also great, and there are some bargains to be found. Buying a used Jaguar is absolutely worth it if you ensure you get one that’s been looked after throughout its life, and you’re aware of the maintenance you’ll need to do to keep it in top condition.
There are plenty of classic Jaguars out there which command a premium, and cars such as the XJS and the XK from the 80s and 90s are heading that way too.
If you’re going to buy a Jaguar, pick the right model for you, understand the servicing and maintenance requirements, and most of all, enjoy driving one of the most prestigious makes of vehicle the world has ever seen.
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