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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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13 reader reviews for Jaguar XK Coupe.
  • 5.0 V8 R 2dr

    Jonathan Passmore , . Date: 18/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22.8

    My car

    Just watched the Whatcar 'practical supercar' review. I have to comment on their findings, especially placing the Jaguar last and the grounds for doing so.

    I bought my car new in September 2013 and looked at the new 911 (Carrera 4S) and the R8. THe R8 was a non-starter once I found I could not actually fit in at - at 6' 4" my head was tilted sideways and I could not see acceptably. It had no luggage space, no room for occasional use for children, and the ride was exceptionally hard, it was not credible. It may be faster off the line but above 30mph - at overtaking speeds - it was insipid compared to the XKR.

    THe 911 was whole different proposition. The new 911 rides far better than previously and was just about good enough for the long drives I do. Space was great and performance fantastic but it was still noticeably slower at overtaking speeds than the XKR. Comparing 0-60 times in a discussion about everyday use, is rather missing the point!

    I would have gone for the 911 because the Jag feels heavy by comparison, and the difference in quality is significant. There is not a lot wrong with the XKR apart from the infotainment / nav system but the 911 feels like it is hewn from granite.

    Why did I buy the XKR then? Whatcar's price target team need to buck up. Specced to what I wanted, my OTR price difference was £28.5k. I took the Jag and kept the £28.5k. Depreciation and fuel are irrelevant; it was an easy win for the XKR and it is also the best GT regard

  • 5.0 V8 Portfolio 2dr

    Mark Vasey , Hertfordshire . Date: 13/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      23

    My car

    I've had my 5.0 Portfolio for 4 months now, so about time to review. Frankly, its a great car. Genuinely can't think of anything better in the class/price bracket. When I got it, I was swapping my Lotus Evora, so wasn't particular excited by the Jag, but its proving to be an able performer. Handling is crisp, engine is responsive and doesn't lack power - its not nible, but it is a big car. Coming from a perfectly balanced sports car, I was worried that the weighty 5.0 would lead to understeer, but so far haven't noticed it as the power through the rear balances it well. Its fun, quick and refined - unless you can stump up the extra for a DB9 (or possibly a GTC) then I have no idea what you would choose in its place. 3 stars from Whatcar...hmmm...

  • 4.2 XKR 2dr

    Tim Ingram , . Date: 22/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      25

    My car

    I own an XKR and it's both superb to drive and stunning to look at. It turns heads in ways that (Daddy's) Porsche can't and has all the silky smooth performance that you'd ever need. It's much easier to drive than a 911 and is far more comfortable over any distance. These cars aren't intended to be particularly practical yet the XKR has sufficient space to function as a true GT.

  • 5.0 V8 R 2dr

    Jeff Ward , . Date: 24/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      20.5

    My car

    What car rate this 3 stars! Compared to what?? A DB9 costing £2k a year to service? A Ferrari you'd have to mortgage the kids to insure? A Lambo that won't go over speed bumps? Come on.

    This is a versatile machine. A hatchback with a decent boot so you can go shopping. A touring car you can take your partner away in (leave the kids home as the rear "seats" are useless). A work of art. Then, switch to dynamic mode, sport shifts, paddles to manual...and unleash the dogs of war. 503bhp is a lot in a car that weighs only 1,600kg.

    I cannot go more than two days without driving it. Utterly intoxicating. 0-60 in 4.6sec is largely unachievable as you need a warm, dry, grit-free surface and nobody around. So forget all that nonsense and instead just get on an A-road and go overtake someone. 50-70 in 1.9sec. Awesome, inspiring, adrenaline-inducing stuff. Then go find someone else and do it again. Spend all afternoon doing it. Bored yet? Nope.

    The stereo is very good but turn it down and listen to the V8 instead. Above a certain revs and throttle opening, the exhaust valves open up and it belows Wagner, Shostakovitch, Muse and Led Zep in unison.

    I average 20.5mpg, spend £500 a year on insurance and £450 a year on main dealer servicing. It is, therefore, only £1000 a year more expensive to run than my Alfa Mito (ignoring the depreciation of course!).

    Well built, georgeous looks. Wonderful car.

Jaguar XK Coupe

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