2014 Jaguar XK Review

March 20, 2014
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If you’ve got the bucks and been looking for a luxury car, you should give the 2014 Jaguar XK your attention. Its beauty—from under the hood to the chassis and to the interior—is undeniable. But of course, there are other cars in the segment that closely matches the XK. And some of them have more agreeable price tags.

NEW FOR THE 2014 XK

  • limited-edition XKR-S GT coupe
  • carbon ceramic brakes
  • Performance Pack on XKR models

UNDER THE HOOD

The base XK model houses a 5.0-liter V8 that churns out 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The XKR gets more power from a supercharged version of that engine which makes 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. The higher-performance XKR-S and the track-ready XKR-S GT coupe are powered by the same engine, only more powerful at 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Every Jaguar XK has rear-wheel drive system and comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The EPA gave the 2014 model year the following fuel economy ratings:

City

Highway

385-hp V8 (XK coupe)

16 mpg

24 mpg

385-hp V8 (XK convertible)

16 mpg

22 mpg

510-hp V8 supercharged (XKR coupe)

15 mpg

22 mpg

510-hp V8 supercharged (XKR convertible)

15 mpg

22 mpg

550-hp V8 supercharged (XKR-S coupe)

15 mpg

22 mpg

550-hp V8 supercharged (XKR-S convertible)

15 mpg

22 mpg

550-hp V8 supercharged (XKR-S GT coupe)

15 mpg

22 mpg

ON THE ROAD

There is actually no need to go up the Jaguar XK lineup to find real performance-driving experience. The base model gives you that already, thanks to the 5.0-liter V8 engine. But if you are craving for more, you can move up to the XKR which would give you a monstrous performance and more thrilling experience from behind the wheel. It accelerates like some of the best sports cars today.

The top-of-the-line XKR-S and the limited-edition GT version rise above the XKR. So, better be easy on the throttle when accelerating from a stop; you don’t want those tires spinning wildly unnecessarily.

Even with firm ride, especially with the XKR-S and XKR-S GT, all XK models are comfortable for ordinary road trips. Overall, the XK delivers impressive and breathtaking performance that will leave you wanting for more.

INSIDE THE 2014 XK

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Leather is often, if not always, successful in making an auto cabin look and feel luxurious. The XK has leather dashboard, shift knob, seats, center console, and steering wheel which all create an inviting ambience.

Some reviewers did not find the multimedia interface that user-friendly, though. Some competing systems work better. Another thing is the cramped rear seat. Although it’s quite typical of coupes and convertibles, the back seat in Jaguar XKs may feel tight even for kids.

But the cargo spaces can make up for that. The coupes feature an 11.7-cubic-foot trunk which is larger than most of the Jag’s rivals. Convertibles have 11.1 cubic feet of space. This is reduced to a still acceptable 7 cubic feet when the top is down.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Jaguar XK is available in two body styles: coupe and convertible. Each has five trim levels for the year. Here are the standard features that go with each one.

The XK Touring is equipped with automatic wipers, 19-inch wheels, rearview camera, adaptive suspension dampers, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, rear spoiler, automatic bi-xenon headlights, rear fog lights, LED daytime running lights, genuine wood interior trim, 10-way power leather front seats with heating capability, Bluetooth, satellite radio, driver memory function, navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, iPod/USB connectivity, and power convertible top.

The base XK gets upgraded leather seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, steel pedals, leather interior trim, heated and ventilated 16-way power front seats, navigation system, heated leather steering wheel, and 14-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system with 6-disc CD changer. The Advanced Technology Package (has forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control and headlights) and the Portfolio Pack (with leather headliner, chrome exterior accents and different wheels) are optional.

The XKR includes these features plus different 20-inch wheels, HD radio, aluminum calipers, electronic limited-slip differential and adaptive headlights. It is also eligible for the Portfolio Pack as well as the Dynamic Pack and Black Pack.

The XKR-S adds upgraded exhaust, unique interior trim, leather headliner, wider 20-inch alloy wheels with matte dark grey finish, carbon-fiber exterior details, and sport seats with heating-only function.

The limited-edition track-ready XKR-S GT coupe features suede interior trim and upholstery, unique body paint, carbon-fiber brakes with yellow calipers, unique 20-inch wheels, and enhanced suspension

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