Review: Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015)


Luxurious high performance sports car. Sublime engines. Top quality interior. Good level of standard equipment includes navigation.

Rear seats are virtually pointless apart from use as extra luggage space.

Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015): At A Glance

The Jaguar XK is the epitome of Jaguar at its best. It's a luxurious and comfortable sports car with great performance, a high quality interior and superb refinement. This is a real 'feelgood' car that, if you're lucky enough to afford, is always a real pleasure to drive with sublime engines.

It's a great grand tourer too with impressive long distance comfort, while the thundering V8 engine - originally a 4.2-litre but later upgraded to 5.0-litre unit with a storming 385bhp - provides the pace and rumbling sound you'd expect from a Jaguar. It may not be the most involving of two-seaters from behind the wheel, if compared to other high performance models like the Porsche 911, but the Jaguar manages to blend comfort and performance together into a very desirable model.

The XK was also the first Jaguar to showcase the modern and sharp styling that's now become a trademark across all its model - and one that's a world away from the traditional look that Jaguar had been associated with for so long. It's the same inside with a sophisticated and distinctive cabin that's finished beautifully.

In fact, there's very little to criticise about the XK. The boot is a little shallow and the rear 'seats' aren't really useable as seats at all, but this is a sports coupe after all. It also has a classy image which is a cut above other similarly priced two-seaters of this kind, while for even more style, there's the XK Convertible.

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Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4791–4794 mm
Width 1892 mm
Height 1322 mm
Wheelbase 2752 mm

Full specifications

The interior of the Jaguar XK has a very upmarket feel, but manages to stand out from other premium sports cars giving it a unique and quite special feel. The finish is impeccable and the materials used have a high-class, tactile feel to them, making this a very enjoyable car to drive or to travel in. The XK is very well equipped as standard too, so pretty much everything is electrically operated while the sat nav (which is also standard) is a neat and easy to use touchscreen system.

The driving position is excellent, as you'd imagine on a sports car like this, with a low slung seat and plenty of reach adjustment in the steering. The leather seats offer great side and lower back support, yet are comfortable and cossetting enough for long journeys too.

When the XK was revised in 2009, the interior was revamped to give it a similar look to the Jaguar XF. It now has a more modern look with a clean and unfussy design. There's more metal trim used, while at night the interior takes on a whole different look. It uses blue lighting surrounds, like the sort found on Motorola RAZR mobile phones, giving it a high-tech appearance. No other car interior looks so good in the dark.

The traditional gear lever was also replaced by the trademark Jaguar gearshift selector - a metal dial that slides out of the central console when you start the ignition and then silently slides away to fit flush with the panel, when you turn the car off. It really adds to the that extra special feeling in this Jaguar. Other details such as the engine start button and electric parking brake add to the upmarket feel.

Luxuries such as climate control and heated seats are standard, but we'd steer clear of optional 20-inch wheels as they make the ride incredibly stiff and uncomfortable. The rear seats are fairly pointless, apart from use as extra luggage room, while the boot is quite shallow. It's a pretty good size though and a set of golf clubs will just about fit in. 

Equipment from launch (March 2006):

When first launched there was just one trim level which came with a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle gearshift, a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, keyless start, 10-way adjustable heated seats with driver and passenger memory, bluetooth, 18-inch Venus alloy wheels, dual zone automatic air conditioning, metallic paint, cruise control, an electronic park brake, an in-dash six CD changer, rain sensitive wipers, reverse park assist, Trac Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

Portfolio comes with 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled seats, suedecloth headlining, a heated steering wheel and a Bower and Wilkins premium sound system.

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What's the Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015) like to drive?

The Jaguar XK performs superbly thanks to the thunderous V8 engine that provides effortless pace and a great noise to accompany it. Originally this was a 4.2-litre engine with 300bhp that was more than enough for most with a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. It's got a very distinct character and pulls exceptionally strongly across the rev range, yet is still silky smooth and sounds great whether you're accelerating hard, or just gently cruising along. This is down to the fact the sound of the engine has been tuned along with the exhaust to give it a sporty character.

All cars come with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard which has a normal mode plus a sport setting, which holds higher gears and speeds up the changes, although they're already incredibly swift. There are paddle shifts on the steering wheel too, allowing you to change gear yourself and giving the XK more of a sports car feel.

At the beginning of 2009, the Jaguar XK was revised and a new 5.0-litre V8 engine replaced the previous 4.2-litre unit. As you'd expect, it's even more powerful with a storming 385bhp on tap. It has masses of torque too with 513Nm, giving it muscular mid-range performance and meaning you rarely have to actually rev the engine to its maximum to tap into the available power.

This extra power brings the 0-62mph down to just 5.5 seconds and it feels quicker on the road too with a more instant response when you ask it to accelerate. Despite the increase in power and size, the new engine is actually slightly more economical with an average of 25.2mpg plus CO2 emissions are lower. A newer six-speed gearbox was introduced along with the trademark cylindrical Jaguar gear selector that rises from the central console.

On the move the Jaguar XK is very nimble thanks to the use of aluminium in the body shell which keeps weight down. It's rear wheel drive which means it's very well balanced and great on demanding roads, but it's never unruly and always feels composed and planted, helped by responsive brakes. Facelifted models from March 2009 come with a system called Jaguar Drive Control which has three seperate settings, controlled by buttons next to the gear selector. There's a standard mode, a snow mode plus a dynamic mode which increases throttle response and quickens the gear changes.

Despite its sports car pedigree, the Jaguar XK is just as easy to drive in town thanks to lighter steering at low speeds. Visibility can be a bit of an issue as the bonnet is so long while the rear is tricky to judge, but usefully, parking sensors come as standard, so you don't have to worry about scratching the bumpers.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
5.0 V8 25 mpg 5.5 s 264 g/km
5.0 V8 385 25 mpg 5.5 s 264 g/km

Real MPG average for a Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015)

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Average performance


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18–31 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015)?

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My car is stored for the winter - should I start the engine and move it every now and then?

I have recently acquired a 2006 Jaguar XK Convertible and I have just put it in the garage on trickle charge and on SORN for the winter months. Should I start the engine and move the car every now and again?
If you can start the car and move it every month or so, that will help - but make sure you take it out for a decent run rather than just let it sit and tick over. This will also help to keep the tyres from going 'square'.
Answered by Keith Moody
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