2009 Jaguar XK Review
The Jaguar XK prioritizes comfort over sports performance. Though it doesn't run neck-and-neck with competitors on the track, it outshines many in terms of luxury and refinement.
Largely a carryover from the 2008 model year, the 2009 Jaguar XK offers a pleasant combination of sporty performance and high-class refinement. "Sensational styling, impressive V8 engines, and finely tuned suspensions allow these luxuriously appointed 2+2 grand tourers to vie for the attentions of potential upscale owners against prime competitors that include the BMW 650i, Lexus SC 430 and Porsche 911," writes Kelley Blue Book." As always, the Jaguars do it with distinctly -- and distinctive -- British accent that gives them an abundance of sheer, unmitigated charisma." Still, reviewers find that its drawbacks include a cramped backseat and an exterior design that stops short of making hearts pound.
If you're willing to sacrifice luxury and refinement for an eye-catching exterior design and real sports performance, consider the 2009 Dodge Viper. While its Dodge nameplate doesn't carry the same clout as Jaguar, the Viper model instills fear and respect in many enthusiast circles.
The XK is available in two body styles, coupe and convertible. A high-performance XKR model is also available.
- "An enticing blend of grown-up performance and sporty luxury makes XK worth considering." -- Consumer Guide
- "This is a handsome, elegant coupe that perfectly blends luxury and sportiness. The quintessentially British interior trappings are first-rate, and the ride is supple yet taut. Rear-seat space is a joke, but the rest of the XK is so nice that it can be forgiven." -- Car and Driver
- "If you're looking to shake things up, the polished XK probably won't punch your buttons, and if you're looking for the most performance car for the money, I'd suggest sticking with the homegrown Corvette." -- Detroit News
- "The 2009 Jaguar XK takes a balanced approach to luxury and performance, and the results are impressive. Although it's certainly not perfect, luxury-coupe and convertible shoppers will want to give it serious consideration." -- Edmunds
- "It is a beautifully sculpted sportscar that is as much a vehicle in which you can enjoy the ride, as it is one to show you have arrived." -- Left Lane News