2010 Jaguar XK Performance
This performance review was written when the 2010 Jaguar XK was new.
Built upon an all-aluminum structure, the Jaguar XK proves to be quick, agile and well composed. Overall, competitors offer a sportier performance, but few have as smooth of a ride as the XK.
- "Befitting the XK's grand touring disposition, its 385-horsepower engine offers effortless performance. You get the sense that it has plenty of power in reserve if you need it, and when you do need it, the XK delivers without missing a step. This car makes you want to forget about going to work and drive across the country instead." -- Cars.com
- "Sent through corners, both the standard XK and the XKR display the advantages of aluminum construction, as both versions of the car feel more agile and precise than their predecessors. They're certainly not sports cars, though, with their suspensions biased toward a plush ride more than canyon carving. As a result, competitors like the BMW 6 Series and Porsche 911 are more fun for serious driving enthusiasts." -- Edmunds
Acceleration and Power
The 2010 Jaguar XK features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 385-horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. A six-speed ZF electronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard. Jaguar claims the XK has a top speed of 155 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds (5.3 seconds with the convertible).
According to the EPA, the XK coupe has a city/highway fuel economy of 16/24 mpg, while the convertible nets 16/22 mpg.
- "For 2010, the XK features an all-new 5.0-liter direct-injected V8. With 385 hp, it's putting out 15 more hp than the heavier BMW 650i and 3 more than the much heavier Mercedes SL550." -- Edmunds
- "The XK has a standard six-speed automatic transmission that's well matched to the V-8. It shifts smoothly during leisurely cruising, but it readily kicks down with just a prod of the gas pedal when you need more power to make a quick move on the highway." -- Cars.com
- "The responsive six-speed ZF automatic transmission includes a Sport mode that delivers quick upshifts and downshifts through a pair of levers mounted on the steering wheel, and incorporates a throttle-blipping feature to smooth transitions on the downshifts." -- Kelley Blue Book
Handling and Braking
Test drives report that the Jaguar XK is a well-mannered, competent handler that's well-suited for sporty cruising.
- "The XK is a big sports car, but it handles like a much smaller one. It's surprisingly nimble and athletic when cornering, so there's something there both for enthusiast buyers and for those looking for a comfortable luxury two-door." -- Cars.com
- "Handling is very good, the result of a sorted suspension system that displays very mild understeer, with excellent road feel. Don't let that road feel go totally to your head. This is a grand-tourer, rather than a sports cruiser that will match a BMW or a Porsche, corner for corner." -- Left Lane News
- Jaguar Drive Control, a new feature this year, offers the driver a choice of three different modes to alter the car's sporting responses via attributes such as throttle response, shift speed and suspension settings. The adjustable suspension with adaptive dampers is also new, and it's been designed to maximize ride comfort and handling prowess depending on driving conditions. ... If you want something that will comfortably eat up hundreds of highway miles while occasionally venturing onto a scenic back road...the XK is ideal." -- Edmunds
- "It drives beautifully and has better steering, with more precision and advanced conversational skills, than any Jaguar in memory, despite the optional twenty-inch wheels and enormous Dunlops on the cars we drove (Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, and nineteen-inchers are also available.)" -- Automobile Magazine
- "The well-controlled suspension delivers a firm but comfortable ride devoid of jolts and highway float. The adjustable shock absorbers do a good job of damping sharp bumps--even with 20-inch wheels. ... Steering is quick and precise, and the brakes are strong and sure." -- Consumer Guide