2009 Jaguar XK Interior
This interior review was written when the 2009 Jaguar XK was new.
Auto writers, on balance, like the XK's comfortable front seats and find its dash design functional and intuitive. Still, many complain that its backseat is far too cramped, and find some convenience features difficult to use. While most appreciate the cabin's fit and finish, some complain of subpar plastic materials.
- "The 2009 Jaguar XK's 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, though some might argue that a Jag without wood is like Tom Selleck without the mustache. Unfortunately, the Jaguar penchant for down-market plastics continues, which contributes to an overall ambience that doesn't quite match its price tag." -- Edmunds
- "Although a few plastic pieces disappoint, cabin materials are otherwise high quality and well-assembled. Standard wood or available aluminum trim each creates an inviting ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
- "It's still distinctly British in ambience, but it competes with the industry's finest for quality of material, fit, and finish." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Inside, the new XK wears rich materials and craftsmanship befitting traditional British luxury cars. Finely stitched leather and a choice of woodgrains (burl walnut or light-colored poplar) contrast with soft plastic trim and bright metallic surfaces." -- Kelley Blue Book
The '09 XK features 2+2 seating. Reviewers agree that the front seats offer comfortable accommodations for average size passengers, but find that the backseat is best reserved for small children or luggage.
- "A true two-plus-two, it is a sports car in virtually every way. One enters by inserting one's right lower appendage into the footwell, then placing one's arse into the nicely-shaped bucket driver's seat, and then swiveling the aforementioned arse so that the left lower appendage is able to be tucked in." -- Left Lane News
- "Slip into the low-slung, body-hugging front seat and you'll reap a wide-open view of the road before you. Airy and spacious, there's more room for head and legs than in the previous model." -- Road & Travel Magazine
- "The contoured front seats cocoon the driver and passenger, though the tiny rear seats are suitable only for very small children or leprechauns. The driver looks over the long hood like an airline pilot surveying the curvature of the Earth." - New York Times
- "Headroom and legroom are cramped for taller riders. XK's standard power tilt and telescopic steering column helps most find a comfortable driving position. ... The [rear] seat is best used for parcels. Entry and exit requires contortions, even for short passengers." -- Consumer Guide
- "The backseat is such only in name. There's no legroom at all unless the front occupants slide forward, and the seat cushions have oddly shaped contours." -- Cars.com
Critics find the XK's controls functional and well placed, though many find its multipurpose touchscreen difficult to operate.
- "The necessities surround you -- functionality is at a premium, allowing simple access to what matters most -- like a touch-screen that rids the console of rarely touched buttons and switches." -- Road & Travel Magazine
- "The controls and gauges are generally well placed. The navigation screen washes out in direct sunlight on the convertible. On all, the system absorbs most radio and climate functions, slowing and complicating their use; redundant audio controls help. A bigger issue is illegibility of the instrument panel screen in direct sunlight--a real problem in the convertible with the top down." -- Consumer Guide
- "Also, the multipurpose touchscreen that controls audio, navigation and climate systems 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. The transition between menu screens also takes too long. On the upside, Jaguar has upgraded the standard stereo for 2009, while adding the XF's thumping Bowers & Wilkins speaker upgrade as an option. We highly recommend it." -- Edmunds
- "The video monitor in the center console also enables dual-zone climate controls, navigation, systems preferences, and communication options including Bluetooth functions. It is a model of simplicity, and one other manufacturers should take note of." -- Left Lane News
- "Fancy features worked well and were 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." -- USA Today
The XK hatchback coupe provides 10.6 cubic-feet of cargo room, while the convertible offers 10 cubic-feet with the top up and 7.1 cubic-feet with it down.
- "The coupe's hatchback design eases access to the coupe's luggage area, which has slightly greater overall volume than the convertible's trunk. Neither body style has folding rear seatbacks, however. Ordering the optional run-flat tires omits a spare tire and frees up additional cargo space beneath the floor. The cabin lacks small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
- "We were totally surprised with the available space in the rear of the liftback-equipped XK coupe. The finished cargo area featured "case-glides" for ease of storing and removing large suitcases and bags. A nice touch indeed, it harkens back to the days where coachmaking was an art." -- Left Lane News