This is my first Jaguar, and my rating is based on two years of motoring, having covered 20,000 miles. First, the good points. It has great lines, character, presence and looks more expensive than it actually is. The engine and gearbox are sublime, too, and the interior is of a very high quality and great for long distance comfort. The Jag is economical - I get on average 27mpg, with an equal mixture of town and motorway driving. It has an excellent air-conditioning system, with hot and cold air on demand. It also has a good stereo, though not up to Lexus standards. Now the bad points: the XK crashes over bumps, wallows round bends and has light steering. In short, it's ungainly. Also, despite endless fiddling with the electric seats, I haven't got really comfortable. The bonnet is long and it's difficult to judge and the turning circle. You really must have rear sensors! I've also found it impracticale - it has a tiny glovebox, two awkwardly placed cupholders and no door storage. The rear seats and boot are too small. In terms of value for money, this car cost in excess of £50,000 new, which didn't include cupholders, satellite-navigation, external door rub strips or memory positions for the seats. So, where does this leave my summing up? It's a car to buy with your heart. I love the looks, speed and refinement. You need to learn to live with the visibility, impracticality and handling. Apart from that, I guarantee you'll feel great each time you get into it.
jon reeves, hants, January 5th 2006