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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 86 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

I LOVE this car

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome handling and just beautiful"

Cons: "Mine is not supercharged"

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

"I plan to buy a newer XKR just because it is faster. I really wish I would have done that the first go around. This car is plenty fast for the normal person, but I am a serious motor head. This car is just beautiful, and I mean a real head turner."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Most reliable car we've ever owned!!!

By on Friday, December 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super fun, super reliable too."

Cons: "Back seats for bags or small kids only."

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

"We own and enjoy a 08 xk luxury convertible with 20 inch wheels, fantastic looking!!! People always stop and look at it and give us complements. Many think it is an Aston Martin. This 08 xk has been the most reliable car we have ever owned. It is super fun to drive and super reliable too. You can drive it fast, slow and it is always fun and holds the road very well. It also will never rust as it has an all aluminum body!!! Formerly we owned a 2002 BMW M5 which was also fun to drive but a disaster maintaining. Not a year passed where the M5 didn't need some sort of repair. The 2008 xk is certainly a looker and low maintenance car. When driven at 78 miles an hour we get 29 miles a gallon, city driving 20 miles per gallon. Pretty good for such luxury ride."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

If you love to drive

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Stunning yet subtle looks, sound, performance"

Cons: "no room to spare"

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

"Having owned most of the models in the high end sports car market, I can say without hesitation, the XK is much better than the competition. Pretty much an Aston Martin that you can use as a daily driver. Love it!"

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Exceptional luxury sports car

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun to drive!"

Cons: "Back seats that only hold a grocery bag."

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

"I'm the second owner of a 2007 executive lease car. I've owned the vehicle for 6 years and had one odd problem associated with the car starting and then dying immediately when being restarted after driving up a steep hill. You'd have to wait about 20 minutes and then the car would start and run normally. The car was under warranty, but needless to say, it took some time to sort out and I had to engage Jaguar North America to get it resolved, the dealership having attempted everything they could. It was fixed by a thorough cleaning of the injection system. The little plastic tabs that hold the door panels on are prone to break after time, creating a buzzing/rattling in the doors that can be fixed by simply pulling the bottom of the door panels out a bit so the plastic falls out. This happened with one tab on each door. The car has its own particular functional idiosyncrasies, such as having to open the door 'just right' using the keyless system -- pull the door handle slightly, pause 50 milliseconds and continue pulling; another is you need wait a couple seconds after exiting the car before locking with the keyless system or it will beep at you. Kind of typical British car stuff. A third example, well noted in the literature, is the very slow to react infotainment system after pushing a button. Nothing working incorrectly, just their operator/machine interface considerations. Other than these few things over the years, the car has truly been an exceptional drive -- smooth, reasonably powerful (300 bhp), quiet, nice handling and quite beautiful lines. Clearly I like it very much as I haven't replaced it! 2015 having been the last of the model year, I doubt I ever will."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Electrical problems

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Good looking car and fun to drive"

Cons: "Quality and consumer service by Jaguar corporate"

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

"Since 1960's Jaguar still have a problems electrical, computer. In 2 years replaced battery 4 times Under warranty? At 34000 replaced transmission! Jaguar corporate does not care about consumers good luck to get in touch with them. This was my first and last Jaguar in my life. Going back to German cars."

12 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Sleek black beauty supercharged

By on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100

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: "Fast, handling, braking, comfort and design."

Cons: "Bad press, no flaws"

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

"Exceeds my expectations, a real head turner. When I open the car up and roar the 510 HP down the strip in sport mode the acceleration is about 0-60 in roughly 4.5 sec. The noise footprint from the rear is second to none. Braking and handling is awesome, a real treat and fun driving experience. The interior with its 16 way seats can fit most drivers to pure comfort. The less than good press about the interior must be written by those who have never taken this baby on a long ride through the countryside or the straight away."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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