The dashboard isn’t the only innovative LCD screen in the XJ either as the 8in centre console display has a neat trick up its sleeve too. Like the dashboard, the central screen is clear and crisp, and is not affected by polarized lenses either. But this screen’s real party piece is its dual view feature.
The central screen is designed so that the driver and the passenger can be looking at two completely different things. The idea is that while the driver has got the sat-nav up on the screen, the passenger can be watching a movie. What you’ve got is, essentially, two different screens that make up alternate columns of pixels, which are then angled towards either the passenger or the driver. The result being that each occupant can only see the lines of pixels that are angled towards them.
Of course you don’t have to use dual view, and for the most part you’ll probably leave the same display viewable from both sides, allowing both driver and passenger to access the car’s plethora of infotainment options. Navigating the system is simple with a full touch-screen interface. The menu structure is similar to that seen in the XF and XK, but slightly more advanced.
Everything is a few screen taps away, whether that be deciding what music source you want to listen to, adjusting the climate control, entering a destination in the sat-nav, or warming up the heated seats.
The navigation system worked flawlessly while I was trekking around France in the XJ, giving clear and well timed instructions, while the map display in the dash helped ensure that I never missed a turning. Unfortunately I can’t testify how well it copes with UK roads, but considering that the system I used in previous Jaguars was excellent, and offered full seven digit postcode support, I expect the XJ to be at least as good.
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