Making a beautiful car is one thing. Making a powerful car is another. But combining the two and creating an icon? That's the rare magic Jaguar crafted with its XK sport coupe and convertible.
Both elegant and menacing, the 2015 Jaguar XK, XKR and XKR-S blend clean, simple and powerful design with the horsepower and performance to keep the promise. Packed with luxury and technology, there's no doubt you're behind the wheel of a car that competes in the same rarified air as others like the BMW 640i, or even the Porsche 911. If it strikes a chord with you, this is your last chance to act, as Jaguar will be discontinuing the XK after the current model year to make room for an all-new XK.
You'll Like This Car If...
Just look at it. If you want a car that looks this good, and has the horsepower to back up its promise of performance, the 2015 Jaguar XK and XKR models deserve a look.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While it's as easy on the eyes as any car out there, there's no getting around the fact that this car is now in its 10th model year. Besides, as a pure sports car, the Porsche 911 and new Chevrolet Corvette offer up an even better driving experience.
There's little new for the 2015 Jaguar XK lineup. The limited edition XKR-S GT is gone, but otherwise there's nothing new, since the car is on its last model year in its current iteration. Keep your eyes open for an all-new XK in the next year or so.
Driving the XK Series
There are two versions of the 2015 Jaguar XK models, and we don't just mean coupe and convertible.
The XK and XKR are classic grand touring coupes, offering a comfortable suspension...
... that nonetheless combines with steering, braking and cornering abilities to satisfy enthusiastic drivers. There's plenty of power from the XK's naturally-aspirated V8, and even more from the XKR's supercharged version. If you're looking for a version that trades off some of the luxury for performance, there's the XKR-S, with an even more powerful V8, a sharper suspension, and styling that trades some elegance for aggressiveness. In turns, the XK's electronic stability control gave drivers plenty of leeway before activating, and the adaptive suspension returned impressive road holding and ride comfort. On the flip side, the sleek shape makes outward vision difficult, and the navigation display can wash out in bright sunlight.
ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT If self-expression is a measure of luxury, then the 2015 Jaguar XK is one of the most luxurious cars on the road. Even the "base" XK offers up 12 different paint colors, 11 different interior trims, and five different wheel styles.
BOWERS & WILKINS SURROUND SOUND High-end audio systems are just as much a requirement of a luxury car as leather and chrome. But the Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system takes the 2015 Jaguar XF to a whole new level. Much in the way moms prefer Jiff peanut butter, choosey audiophiles choose Bowers & Wilkins.
2015 Jaguar XK Series Details
The 2015 Jaguar XK's upscale interior features a pleasing mix of contrast-stitched leather overlays and polished hardwoods. The analog controls are intuitive, but unfortunately most interior functions operate via the frustratingly lethargic touchscreen interface. Comfort, on the other hand, is top-notch. The 16-way adjustable front seats provide endless arrangements and strike a pleasing balance between plush and firm support. Technically there are two rear seats, but they're at best for extra luggage or small kids – two adults would just be cruel. There's more cargo space in the hatchback coupe than the convertible, where top-down driving further trims overall trunk space.
The 2015 Jaguar XK's short trunk and long nose are classic coupe proportions, with just a hint of the classic Jaguar E-Type thrown in for good measure. Move up to the XKR, and you get exclusive wheels and exhaust outlets, while the XKR-S adds a ventilated hood, unique bodywork, and a carbon-fiber spoiler. The convertibles look best top-down, which is easy enough to do with the push of a button, raising or lowering it in less than 18 seconds, at speeds up to 15 mph.
With its luxury pedigree, the 2015 Jaguar XK comes predictably well equipped. Customers can choose from aluminum or a variety of wood trims to go with the rich leather upholstery. Aiding passenger comfort is a dual-zone climate-control system with humidity control, and heated and cooled 16-way power front seats. Tech features consist of bi-xenon headlights, an outdated and slow-reacting DVD-based navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, and a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system. The Convertible has self-deploying roll hoops for added protection in the event of a rollover.
There's a lot of standard equipment on the 2015 Jaguar XK, so the options list is surprisingly short. Besides mixing and matching which exterior and interior colors you want, there's an Advanced Technology Package, which adds Active Front Lighting that points into turns, and Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains a preset following distance from traffic ahead. You can add HD Radio to the audio system, a heated windshield for icy climates, and aluminum interior trim instead of wood. The rest of the options list is made up of various trim pieces.
Under the Hood
All 2015 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 in base form, while the supercharged XKR brings that number to 510. The XKR-S ups the ante to 550 horsepower. The responsive 6-speed ZF automatic transmission has a sport mode that delivers quick upshifts and downshifts, and can be manually shifted via a pair of steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The gearbox also incorporates a throttle-blipping feature to smooth transitions on downshifts and enhance vehicle stability.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2015 Jaguar XK coupe starts right around $85,000, while the convertible starts closer to $91,000.
That's in the same general area as the Porsche 911 Carrera, but less than GTs like the Mercedes-Benz SL550. The supercharged XKR coupe starts at about $98,000, add another $6,000 for the convertible. And that 550-hp XKR-S? It'll set you back $133,000, and the convertible is an extra $6,000. To see actual transaction prices for the 2015 Jaguar XK in your area, be sure to check KBB's Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. While Jaguar residual values have historically been significantly below those of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, buyers who favor Jaguar's style and spirit might be inclined to buy the XK in spite of the steeper depreciation they may endure at trade-in time.
Pros: "Definitely a blast to drive and it looks great."
Cons: "Lack of trunk space and other amenities"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"While the XK is a very quick, stable, and great looking car to drive, it has a couple of serious shortcomings for a car at this price. First, there is an icon on the steering column that would seem to indicate there is voice activated controls. That IS what it does on other XK models, but not the Touring Convertible model - it just mutes the audio system. Next, there is a button to "Load" discs on the CD player, however, the standard equipment is a single disc CD player - the button has NO function. Another shortcoming is the lack of a blind spot monitor. My other Jaguar (an 09 XF) has it, but this newer, more expensive model doesn't. And last, but not least, don't plan on taking any golf clubs with you on a trip. They won't fit in the trunk unless you take them out of the bag and lay them in at an angle. Really? I could put 2 golf bags and a clothing bag in my 07 Corvette."
"these cars are styled by the same designer as the Aston DB9, built in the same factory and using the same technology as the Aston with far lower operating costs due to a bullet proof engine. I have owned at least 10 jags in my life and this is the best one."
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)!!!"