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Driving the Jaguar Sovereign 4.0 LWB. Smooth Operator.

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Say "X300" and the connoisseur knows that it is the fifth Jaguar XJ generation, which was built from 1994 to 1997. The executive Jag came on the market in several capacities. One of the top versions within the range was the Daimler Sovereign equipment level. In that capacity, he was regularly ordered in combination with a long wheelbase. It was also possible to order the extended Edelbrit as a Jaguar Sovereign. And we had the opportunity to ride with this version. A masterly executive who has been owned by Peter van Wijk for years and is equipped with the delightful 4.0 liter six-in-line engine.


Peter is a Jaguar fan in heart and soul and only the third owner of this sublime, rare and completely original version, which in this form with the extended wheelbase has the internal name X330. He talks enthusiastically about his Jaguar passion and also the history of his Jaguar Sovereign is reviewed. “The first owner - who only used the car for the annual holiday in the South of France - bought this car from Caspers in Groningen and made it a condition that he would bear the name Jaguar. A fairly rare choice in combination with the long wheelbase and the Sovereign trim level. Very special."

Welcome on board

The sight of the red Long Wheel Base, which has additional chrome details, is particularly pleasant to get under the skin. Every detail is correct, and that also applies to the Welcome on Board that is given to us. The ambiance is intimate, partly due to the construction of the cockpit and the relatively small glass surface. The Jag is built around the driver and passengers, you can feel it in everything. The interior is also made of beautiful and discreetly used materials. Cream-colored leather, wood, high-quality carpeting and subtle chrome accents contribute to the exclusive experience. The Jaguar Sovereign is also packed with modern electronic treats. In addition, the ergonomics are well organized, not least because of the wonderfully seated and electrically adjustable driver's seat.

Automobile perfection from Coventry

It should be clear: we are all set for a nice ride in the area. And when we are on the road, it becomes surprisingly clear that automobile perfection was also realized in the 1990s by the noble Coventry brand. From the beautiful interior with some Daimler specifications (the beautiful steering wheel with wood and leather is an example) we are aware of a surplus of comfortable driving characteristics. Those who do not know better could just assume that the Jaguar Sovereign by Peter van Wijk is equipped with air suspension, but nothing in the truth. It shows how superbly the British put together the magnificent chassis.

Power source and automatic: fine cooperation

In the meantime, the combination of the accelerator pedal and the fine four-speed ZF automatic transmission work well together with the excellent running and well-known AJ 16 power source. The six in-line engine gradually builds up its impressive torque. You can feel everything: there is a surplus of Newton meters available. However, we never feel the need to fully address this.

Choice between cruising and sporty

Whoever makes that choice can switch on the sport mode of the machine, in order to reach the maximum torque earlier. However, the Sovereign invites us to adopt a relaxed driving style. In our experience, you can optimally enjoy high quality on all fronts. Peter van Wijk also likes to make that choice. “This is how I prefer to ride in the Jaguar Sovereign. Enjoy cruising and immerse myself in the peace and quiet on board ”, says the owner who, even after seven years of ownership, likes to share our great and regularly expressed enthusiasm.

Desirable alternative

After the ride, for which we have taken the time extensively, we can be short. This Smooth Operator offers almost everything the driver could wish for. The distinction, the design, the classic lines, the atmosphere, the surplus of comfort and that blissful six-line four-liter power source are just a few ingredients of the sophisticated British combination, which repeatedly gave us a fine-grained form of goose bumps. This Smooth Operator confirmed to us that Jaguar built a desirable alternative within the executive class of 1997. Certainly in this tasteful X330 configuration. A fabulous car, as simple as that. 


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  1. Beautiful automobiles, drive fantastic. But, are always sick or on the road, had a really nice XJ 308 from 1998, what a disaster, failure after failure, maintenance (at a specialist, dealer is not payable at all) very expensive, the headlining sinks like low-hanging clouds. No, beautiful car, but you can't afford a new one, you can't maintain an old one.
    Before that I drove a Toyota Camry V14 for 6 years, really never had any use. The camry cost in 1999 with original navigation and alarm, except for ten euros, 80000 guilders, the Jaguar cost 1998 guilders in 192000 (had the delivery documents included). no matter how beautiful the Jaguar was, if the technology can be so sick, some hoet and leather and lambswool carpeting can never be worth 110000 guilders in difference.

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