Founded in 1933, Jaguar has been a staple in the global sports and luxury car marketplace for decades. The British company got its start building side cars for motorcycles before entering the automobile industry.
Although Jaguar racing cars won the 24-hours of LeMans five times in the 1950s, the company’s primary focus has always been on its luxury division. Indeed, Jaguar’s sleek sedans have been the preferred car of British prime ministers for many years.
In 1990, Jaguar was bought by Ford Motor Company. Ten years later, Ford bought Land Rover, and the two English manufacturers began sharing joint design and engineering facilities. This arrangement proved prescient after Ford sold off the two companies in 2008 as a merged entity under the stewardship of their current owner, Tata Motors.
Today, Jaguar offers a bevy of stylish sports cars and well-appointed sedans, crossovers and SUVs. The two-seater F-type comes with either a 380-hp supercharged V-6, or a 575-hp supercharged V-8. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Available as a coupe or convertible, this sports car is best enjoyed on a winding road.
For those in search of the softer ride only a luxury sedan can offer, Jaguar’s XJ answers the call. The aluminum uni-body makes it one of the lightest full-size executive sedans on the market. The XJ also features a panoramic sunroof, Meridian audio system, touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, and heated and cooled front and rear seats.
Up until 2020, the XJ was powered by either a supercharged V-6 with 340 horsepower, or a supercharged V-8 delivering 470 horsepower. For 2020, the XJ is offered only with an all-electric motor. If more legroom is needed in the back seat, the XJL offers an additional four inches in length. You guessed it: the “L” stands for “long.” This model offers so much backseat room that it comes with wooden trays built into the rear of the front seats, which fold down like airplane trays.