12 Rounds with…2010 BMW 760Li vs. 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged
Round 2: Interior Design
The Jag's interior is, in a word, mesmerizing. Everywhere you look, there's inspiration and superior craftsmanship; modernity tempered with old-school British cool. Buttery-soft leather in stunning two-tone color schemes with contrast piping and stitching covers virtually every surface. A semicircular band of wood veneer tapers from the doors up over the leather dash, giving the entire forward cabin a sunken, yacht-like vibe. Atop the center stack, a handsome analog timepiece is flanked by two baseball-size black-and-chrome air vents bulge from their leather-wrapped housing. The chrome-heavy center console, featuring the now-familiar rotary gear selector, is accented with phosphor blue backlighting. By day, natural light floods the interior via a panoramic class roof; by night, more phosphor blue ambient lighting gives the cabin a hip after-hours glow. Behind the broad, thick steering wheel, a 12.3-inch LCD screen displays three "virtual" analog gauges. In comparison, the 760Li cabin - awash in its own soft leather and wood veneers - feels drab, uninspired and almost cheap.
Scorecard: Not even a fair fight. The Jag interior gives Bentley and Rolls a run for their money.