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2011 Jaguar XK Series

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2011 Jaguar XK Series Review

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Now under the ownership of India's Tata Motors, Jaguar has undertaken a complete redesign of its product lineup. While the XF and XJ have received a bold new design theme, this luxury automaker's stylish 2011 XK Coupe and Convertible remain the brand's most powerfully emotional driving statements. Sexy styling, smooth and powerful V8 engines (supercharged in the XKR versions, reviewed separately), and sporty driving dynamics give these luxurious 2+2 grand tourers the chops to compete against the likes of the BMW 650i and Porsche 911. The XK may not be as ultimately sporty as those cars, but a distinct British accent gives it a charisma all its own.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a premium sports car with drop-dead gorgeous looks, plenty of luxury amenities and sophisticated ride and handling characteristics, the 2011 Jaguar XK is a perfect choice. You need only to decide if you want the open-air fun of the Convertible or the extra rigidity of the Coupe.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your sports car tastes run to harder-edged cars with sharper handling characteristics, you'll be better served by the German or Italian competitors, as well as the American performance leader, the Chevrolet Corvette.

What's Significant About This Car?

After substantial engine and suspension changes for 2010, the 2011 Jaguar XK gets a new 5 year/50,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance program and a 75th Anniversary edition of the supercharged XKR Coupe, commemorating 75 years of cars carrying the Jaguar name.

Driving the XK Series

Driving Impressions More of a grand tourer than a pure sports car, the 2011 Jaguar XK is capable, comfortable and exceptionally rewarding to drive. The silky and powerful V8 emits a throaty,...

enthusiastic rumble. It works well with the six-speed automatic transmission, which delivers quick, smooth shifts. The dynamic mix is well balanced, too, featuring stability and traction control systems that don't intervene too quickly, nicely weighted steering and an adaptive suspension system that delivers ride comfort as well as handling prowess. On the down side, some driver sightlines are blocked, especially in the Convertible with the top up, and the navigation display can wash out in bright sunlight. All things considered, however, the Jaguar XK is a beautiful cruiser that you'll love to drive.

Impeccable Sense of Style
Owners of high-end sports cars want to feel like they're driving something special, and the XK delivers. Coupe or Convertible, the XK's looks transcend mere automotive design, giving each car a captivating presence.

Aluminum-Intensive Construction
From its exceptionally stiff bonded unit body to its sexy body panels to various suspension components, the 2011 Jaguar XK makes extensive use of lightweight aluminum throughout. This light and strong metal helps trim performance-robbing mass and optimize handling responsiveness and precision.

2011 Jaguar XK Series Details
Interior

Contemporary yet with classic overtones, the XK's interior is a mix of high-tech features surrounded by polished hardwoods and supple hand-stitched leather. The driver-oriented cockpit features white-on-black analog gauges, easy-to-reach controls and a simple center stack with audio and climate controls topped by a seven-inch touch-screen for the standard navigation system. The front seats are nicely bolstered to provide support during hard cornering, and they have enough room to accommodate six-foot-plus occupants. The rear seat is just for show; it's better left to briefcases or duffel bags than human occupants. The Coupe's hatchback design eases access to a relatively small 10.6 cubic-foot cargo area, while the Convertible's trunk holds 10.0 cubic feet of cargo with the top up, less with the top down.

Exterior

Few cars can rival the sleekly sculpted lines of the 2011 Jaguar XK's aluminum bodywork. It has the long-nose/short-deck proportions of classic sports cars, including the marque's legendary E-Type. Key styling features include a low stance, a large grille with a bright mesh insert, prominently flared fenders and LED taillights. The Convertible has a power-activated soft top that can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds with the press of a button.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Functional and fashionable, the 2011 Jaguar XK comes predictably well equipped. Customers can choose from wood or aluminum trim to go with the rich leather upholstery. Aiding passenger comfort are dual-zone automatic climate control and 16-way power front seats that are both heated and cooled. Tech features consists of bi-xenon headlights, a DVD-based navigation system with a seven-inch touch screen and a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, traction control and electronic stability control, front- and front-side airbags and active front head restraints that help prevent whiplash. The Convertible also has self-deploying rollover hoops.

Optional Equipment

With so much standard equipment, there are very few options. An Advanced Technology Package comes with Active Front Lighting that points into turns and Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains a safe following distance from traffic ahead. Stand-alone options include HD Radio, 19- and 20-inch wheels and either dimpled aluminum or (at no charge) Burl Walnut, Rich Oak or Figured Ebony veneers.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Jaguar XK models are powered by a 5.0-liter all-aluminum V8. This smooth and sophisticated engine features direct fuel injection and variable camshaft timing to produce 385 horsepower. The responsive six-speed ZF automatic transmission has a Sport mode that delivers quick upshifts and downshifts and can be manually shifted via the gearshift or a pair of steering-wheel paddles. It also incorporates a throttle-blipping feature to smooth transitions on the downshifts. With so much power on tap, the 2011 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible are capable of zero-to-sixty sprints in the low five-second range.

5.0-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (Coupe), 16/22 (Convertible)

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2011 Jaguar XK Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 75 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

The Jag XK makes you feel like James Bond!

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beauty, Power, and Luxury at the same time!"

Cons: "Blue Tooth connectivity to play Music"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 2011 XK Convertible has stunning beauty when you see it passing you by. Heads turn no matter where I go. The car does not have the rough sports car ride but it has more than enough power to feel like a super fast sports car. The drive in it is excellent and for a convertible you do not feel squished in it. It is roomy and very comfortable for 2 people with enough trunk space for a large suitcase. The only blemish on it, the XK's Bluetooth only allows calls unless you hook up the old Ipod connector not the new Lightning connector for Iphone 5/6. Other than that no complaints and the free maintenance until 2016 is a blessing even though I have not had any issues at all. Superb Car all around (I was a BMW lover at heart)!!!"

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

LOVE IT

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "I hate the Nav system; not easy to input data."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love driving this car; fast, responsive, excellent cornering! My age (80+) is interfering with getting in and out of the vehicle, and I am probably going to get into something more convenient."

17 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Super Car

By on Monday, January 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, handling and performance"

Cons: "Limited driver leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Built for speed

"Great looks and fast. The handling is outstanding. Can't wait for sunny days to drive it. Jaguar you're right on with this car."

15 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Built for speed

wicked style, speed and luxury.

By on Thursday, November 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "back seat,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"would be a 10/10 if the back seat was a bit bigger, I have to sell now because my kids have outgrown it... What a great car it has been..:)"

37 people out of 62 found this review helpful

An Icon that gets it done on all fronts..

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Iconic beauty that just makes you happy"

Cons: "I have to eventually park it...."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I can't wait to drive this car AGAIN the moment I park it....I have owned many cars that have been enjoyable to drive but this car simply provokes emotion every time I push the start button...I just love this machine and cherish the time I am cruising with the top down and savoring the majestic tone of that 510 horsepower supercharger.....and I am ecstatic I spent a few extra bucks on the XK-R because life is too short and it is worth every nickel.....I am sorry Jaguar is eliminating this particular model for the F-Type....The XK is the icon and I honestly believe that Jag has cashed in the fiber of its heritage.....Hope they bring it back when better judgement kicks in......"

35 people out of 64 found this review helpful

Awesome power, convenience, comfort and beauty

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Supercar performance with Everday Drivability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This 2013 XKR convert blows away the MB SL550 I previously owned in many ways. It is a Portfolio Special Edition, and had a base 550HP (same as XKR-S) which I had the supercharger tweaked to produce over 600HP. So in Sport Mode, it absolutely screams and 30MPH to 100MPH takes about 2 seconds - scary! The downside is that without AWD or Launch Control, it will go sideways from a standing start too easily, at least with the OEM rubber. Even with all of the power, in Comfort Mode, it is extremely easy and comfortable to drive, and the interior in the portfolio models is in my opinion, of a higher quality than any of the kraut or even italian competitors. The only negative to the car is because it is a GT configuration, its longer wheelbase to accomodate the rear jump seats reduces the ability to pivot tightly in hard cornering. But, the extra length also gives it a smoother highway ride. Otherwise, if you can find a Portfolio Special Edition model - Buy It"

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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