KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 6/18/2013
The art of combining elegance with a performance pedigree is a talent that still eludes many auto manufacturers. At Jaguar, however, they have perfected the formula. It isn't often that a luxury performance car can be both gorgeous and menacing, but that's exactly what the 2014 Jaguar XK, XKR, XKR-S – and the limited edition XKR-S GT – are. Beyond its good looks in both coupe and convertible form, the XK impresses with a range of powerful engines, suspension that is both competent and forgiving, and enough luxury and convenience features to make even the most tech-savvy buyer cry uncle. Yet, for all this goodness, the 2014 Jaguar XK remains relatively attainable, with price on par with such luxury greats as the BMW 640i, Porsche 911 and Cadillac CTS-V.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're seeking a luxury coupe or convertible that isn't more show than go, the 2014 Jaguar XK and XKR deserve your undivided attention. A rigid body and 550-horsepower engine speak to the enthusiast, while the lovely body and interior are pure art.
You May Not Like This Car If...
There is no denying the beauty of the 2014 Jaguar XK, but there is some debate about its place in the sports car realm. Steering feedback is much more direct in a Porsche 911 or even a $55,000 Chevrolet Corvette, and the XK's resale values don't shine as brightly as many competitors.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, Jaguar has unveiled a very-limited-production (only 25 cars in the U.S and 5 in Canada) XKR-S GT. This track-ready and street-legal machine is quicker than any other cat in the XK pride, and its $175K price tag ensures its exclusivity.
Separate the top XKR-S and GT from the mix, and the Jaguar XK for 2014 falls squarely into the grand touring category. Its ride isn't especially rough, and its steering, braking and cornering abilities promise there will be few howls of displeasure from most enthusiast drivers. We think many people will find Jaguar's blend of exhilarating acceleration and unparalleled luxury a desirable combination, one that makes this coupe/convertible a very livable daily driver. Power from the V8 is more than sufficient, with a subtle but appropriate rumble emitted from the exhaust. In the turns, we found the XK's electronic stability control demonstrated considerable restraint before announcing itself, and the adaptive suspension returns both impressive road holding and ride comfort. On the flip side, some driver sightlines are blocked, especially top-up in the convertible, and the navigation display can wash out in bright sunlight.
A MYRIAD OF COMBINATIONS
Resorting to the aftermarket for individual expression is a superfluous matter with the Jaguar XK for 2014. With 18 exterior paint finishes, seven interior trims, nearly a half dozen wheel choices, and four interior color schemes, you can custom tailor your XK to suit your individual taste.
BOWERS & WILKINS SURROUND SOUND
Not all premium audio systems are created equal. Dazzlingly high speaker counts and wattage outputs topping the quadruple-digit mark look impressive on paper, but the final word in sound quality is ultimately determined by the listener. Much in the way moms prefer Jiff peanut butter, choosey audiophiles choose Bowers & Wilkins.
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