2012 Jaguar XK Review

By on May 25, 2012
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Beauty in every detail.

Good: Gorgeous looks, powerful 5-liter V8, quite cabin and comfortable ride.
Bad: Horrendous rear-seating area.
Price: AED 315,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Jaguar XK has been one of the most prominent luxury sports car in the world over the two decades, as was the XJ series before it and the E-Type before that. In typical Jaguar fashion, it’s known to be luxurious, powerful and beautiful. While I can’t say the previous generation had the beauty factor going for it, at the end of the day it’s all a matter of taste.

So with such a highly regarded pedigree, it was very exciting to see the latest Jaguar XK in action. Our test unit comes in candy red, with the standard 5.0 liter V8. The Supercharger is, of course, reserved for the XKR and XKR-S. Coming back to the XK, the basic body style may look like the previous generation XK, but the essence of the car is anything but.

The front fascia retains the long oval grill, with the long hood stretching back, complimented perfectly by the beautifully sculpted headlamps angled backwards. The door is curved from the back, although I would have preferred some sort of angle rather than the straight cut from the front. This minor nitpicking aside, the rear third of the XK extends out beautifully as the curvy end extends ever so lightly towards the rear spoiler.

Looking at the XK from behind you’re left wondering just how beautiful the rest of the car would be like if it’s this good looking from behind. Nonetheless the huge tires you catch a glimpse of give the feeling that the XK means serious business if push comes to shove on the roads. Indeed the 20-inch 5-spoked alloy wheels give the XK a rather aggressive look from the side. Still, one cannot help but admire the beauty of this car, and wonder what it feels like to ride it.

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