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.

Inside the Jaguar XK is a truly sublime experience. The charcoal black stitched leather is literally everywhere you look, with some chrome and meshed aluminum trims. The seats are thick and comfy, but with the multiple settings can be made firm for a superior driving experience. There’s a lot of headroom, and you’ll never feel like you’re sitting too low. But then, such is the nature of all big luxury sports cars.

And as pleasant as the front seating area is, the experience in the back is just hellish. The bucket seats are absurdly small and tilted upwards to that the person sitting in the back is literally wedged in.  You honestly cannot fit adults in there, nor should you if you care about them.

Of all the great design elements implemented in the main dashboard, the steering wheel seems to be the most uninspired piece of equipment in there. It’s just too boring, mostly because the large Jaguar logo is surrounded by an incredibly bland look. The button placement on the steering is functional, but the wheel itself doesn’t evoke the feeling that this is a special car.

Look at the main dash and you’ll be greeted with a nice 300kmph speedometer, while the tachometer shows the redline at 6,500 RPM; impressive for a 5.0 liter V8. In between the two dials we see the onboard computer that shows basic info from the navigation system, telephone and the media being played. The trip computer obviously shows a decent amount of info, but to see it all in one place, the 7-inch touchscreen is the place to be.

The touchscreen infotainment system feels like a hodge-podge of information overload. At any one time you will have 5 submenu options on the Home screen, with further info on the climate control and media track (or radio station) that’s currently being played. The worst part is that the entire UI is comprised of different shades of blue, with some white thrown in here and there.

While it’s rather easy to get used to, the fact remains that the UI looks slightly overloaded with information every time you look at it. Also, while navigation it is easy, pushing the ‘Back’ button on the bottom right side is a bit cumbersome to use. Perhaps Jaguar should relocate it to the bottom left side as it’ll be much easier for the driver to use.

As was my gripe with the Jaguar XFR, the gearbox in the XK is just a small dial knob that slides up when the car is turned on. While driving the right hand is often awkwardly resting near the cup holder area since there’s no gearstick to rest the hand on. It’s a personal preference that others may not even think twice about.

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