2008 Jaguar XK Interior
Most reviewers find the XK's fit and finish to be more than acceptable, with the Kelley Blue Book also approves, saying the XK "wears rich materials and craftsmanship befitting traditional British luxury cars."commenting, "I was impressed with the high quality of workmanship in the XK, a bugaboo on previous Jaguars. The cabin of my test car was swathed in what seemed like acres of caramel leather." Likewise, the finds the interior "luxurious, with excellent fit and finish of top-quality materials -- including wood or retro-style aluminum trim."
Still, not all reviewers agree. Edmunds notes that the new interior "is a pretty dramatic departure from the traditional Jaguar look, with a modern dashboard design and the availability of aluminum trim in place of wood. This serves to bring Jaguar into the 21st century." However, the review points out that "the Jaguar penchant for downmarket plastics continues, which contributes to an overall ambience that doesn't quite match its price tag."
The XK coupe provides seating for four -- though its two rear seats are better used as extra cargo space. "Inside is a 2 + 2 setup that boasts moderate space for driver and front-seat passenger but offers space in the backseat for little more than the notion of practicality," comments.
Most are quite happy with the front seats, with Edmunds noting "they feel great on long drives." Automobile Magazine says the seats "work with the rest of the car to deliver what must be one of the most relaxing sports-car experiences known to man." The XK provides several conveniences to optimize the driver's experience, including power-adjustable side bolsters. CNET, one of the few to complain about the front seats, says headroom is limited and notes that "if it were not for the XK's 16-way power-adjustable seats, we would have spent our week with the car nursing a cricked neck." The 16-way seats come with the optional Luxury Package, which also includes softgrain leather.
The small rear seats, however, get many more complaints. Consumer Guide calls them a "token gesture" and Kelley Blue Book says they're "best reserved for excess cargo or tiny tots secured in appropriately mounted infant seats." CNET thinks that "the only passengers who will be able to fit in the back will have to be in baby seats, and even that will be a squeeze if the driver or front passenger is more than six feet tall." But the still finds some use for the seats, noting "two journalists a little more than 5 feet tall fit in the rear and said they'd be fairly comfortable on short trips."
Most find the XK's cabin functional and well-equipped. The coupe comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, leather seating surfaces, a six-speaker 160-watt Alpine® audio system with a six-disc in-dash CD player, a DVD-based navigation system, keyless entry and keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats.
While previous XK models featured busy dashboards and complicated controls, the 2008 XK is much more streamlined. It includes just two gauges -- the speedometer and tachometer. A seven-inch touch screen controls the audio, navigation, climate control, telephone, and vehicle settings.
Kelley Blue Book lists the touch screen system as one of its "favorite features," and notes, "We loved the easy-to-use touch-screen control system (as opposed to the annoying twirl-and-poke knobs in some luxury cars)." Likewise, found it "easier to use than expected. Jag says it tried not to bury anything more than four layers deep in a menu. Most were much more accessible than that." The finds the display "surprisingly intuitive to use," adding, "A house icon takes you back to the home page on the screen, where it's easy to begin again without being too distracted to pay attention to the road."
However, a few reviews note problems. Edmunds says the screen "could use a little work. It's simple and intuitive in concept, but we've found it frustrating in practice, with a screen interface that's neither sensitive nor accurate enough." Cars.com also finds flaws: "The nav map's zoom control comprises tiny onscreen buttons. A larger, real rocker switch would be worth the dashboard space. Also, the menus, once selected, slide into the screen from the side. It's kinda slick ... once. Then you just wish it would give you the menu faster."
Stereo and Entertainment
A major complaint about the XK's interior concerns its standard six-speaker 160-watt Alpine® audio system. Though the system offers MP3 and Windows® Media file functionality, a few reviewers find it lacking. CNET finds that "sound quality is not all it could be for a car of this class; bass becomes buzzy near the top of the range, and while clarity and depth are good, the midrange has a tendency to squawk at high volume." Cars.com says, "I was unmoved by the Alpine premium stereo. Some less expensive cars' systems are much better."
CNET recommends the optional Premium Sound Package for an extra $1,875 -- "a worthwhile drop in the ocean if you've already parted with more than 80 grand for the rest of the car." The package includes an eight-speaker 525-watt Alpine® system with Dolby® Prologic® II Surround Sound and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio.
The XK comes standard with a DVD-based navigation system that's integrated into the car's seven-inch touch screen display. CNET says the system "presents clear, colorful maps in high resolution, but the animated option menus can soon get annoying." The review also mentions other gripes, including "a few issues with its visibility; it is sunk a few inches into the dash, which makes it unnecessarily difficult to see from an angle."compliments the system for being "close to intuitive" and says the screen "offered a vivid display and nice presentation of information."
Most find the Jag's cargo area, which features a hatch and liftgate in place of the previous generation's trunk, quite useful for its class. The XK coupe provides 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space -- big enough to hold two suitcases (according to the Cars.com).) or one to two sets of golf clubs (according to
The Consumer Guide also notes that the hatchback design "eases access to the coupe's luggage area, which has slightly greater overall volume than the convertible's trunk."finds that the new hatch "raises easily on gas struts and requires little effort to close."