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Reviewers are pleased with the XK's lavish cabin and the vehicle's ability to blend traditional luxury with surprising athleticism. Its all-aluminum chassis is stiff — the flex-free platform delivers a great ride and impressive handling even in the drop-top convertible. And, while not typical of this segment, the XK offers solid value in an increasingly expensive field of luxury cars.
Negative reviews point out the XK's small rear seats and an interior that may feel cramped (especially in the convertible). Some of the dashboard controls are also oddly placed and difficult to use, though some just consider that "British" personality.
The Jaguar XK was introduced in 1997 as a replacement to the XKS. The current second-generation model debuted six years ago, so it's getting on in age and is due for a redesign. Jaguar has made a few upgrades for 2012. These include a now-standard reverse camera and some new trim packages.
The 2011 Jaguar XK is a rear-wheel drive two-plus-two coupe and convertible. The coupe has a fixed steel roof while the convertible is fitted with a power-operated folding soft top with a heated glass rear window. It is offered in three models: XK, XKR and XKR-S (the latter two covered separately).
Under the hood of the XK is a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 rated at 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels, is standard across the model range.
Jaguar keeps things simple, as buyers only have to choose between the different models (powerplants) and whether or not they want an open and closed roof. All are very well appointed, with leather upholstery, full power accessories, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition and 19-inch wheels. The options list is short, including only such items as dark wood interior trim, HD Radio, adaptive headlights and a heated windshield.
The EPA estimates fuel economy on the 2012 XK Coupe at 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The XK Convertible earns a slightly lower 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.
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