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Used Jaguar XK Coupe 1996 - 2006 review

(1996 - 2006)
Jaguar XK Coupe (96 - 06)
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Which used Jaguar XK coupe should I buy?

Choose between the standard XK8 with its 4.2 V8, auto gearbox and 300bhp, or the XKR, which has a supercharged version of the same engine, producing 400bhp. It, too, has an automatic transmission, although it's very different to the standard car's, and programmed to emphasise the XKR's sporty nature.

All XK8s have wood dashes, leather seats, climate control and everything else you'd expect in a luxury car. Beyond that, many first owners indulged in the long and lavish options' list.

In other words, you should shop around for your preferred combination of kit, and buy as new a car as possible. 2003 models had improved engines and, a year later, Jaguar face-lifted the car.

Watch the colour, too, as picking the right one can add thousands to the price when you resell. Silver is reliable, as are copper, metallic blue or green, but black or non-metallic red cars sell for less.

Which used Jaguar XK coupe should I buy?

Choose between the standard XK8 with its 4.2 V8, auto gearbox and 300bhp, or the XKR, which has a supercharged version of the same engine, producing 400bhp. It, too, has an automatic transmission, although it's very different to the standard car's, and programmed to emphasise the XKR's sporty nature.

All XK8s have wood dashes, leather seats, climate control and everything else you'd expect in a luxury car. Beyond that, many first owners indulged in the long and lavish options' list.

In other words, you should shop around for your preferred combination of kit, and buy as new a car as possible. 2003 models had improved engines and, a year later, Jaguar face-lifted the car.

Watch the colour, too, as picking the right one can add thousands to the price when you resell. Silver is reliable, as are copper, metallic blue or green, but black or non-metallic red cars sell for less.