Used Jaguar XK Convertible 1996 - 2006 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Our recommendations

1996 - 2006 review
Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
  • Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
  • Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Jaguar XK sports 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 quite different from the one fitted to the Ôstandard' car, emphasising the car'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, so you'll find what's fitted varies considerably from car to car.

So, shop around for your ideal combination of gadgets and gizmos, and go for the newest car you can. In 2003, the engines were improved and, a year later, Jaguar face-lifted the car.

Perhaps more importantly, you should worry about the car's colour. Picking the right one can add thousands to the price when you resell. Silver is reliable, as is copper, metallic blue or green, but black or non-metallic red cars sell for less.