The Jaguar XK is a sporty, two-door coupe or convertible from the British carmaker. Entering production in 1996, the XK replaced the XJS, and sold from 1997 to present. The first generation models were the first to introduce Jaguar’s newly developed V-8 engine in 1997 and include models in production through 2006. These cars had a super sleek body style with a sharp front end and a somewhat defined cockpit for a flat appearance. Large sport tires have an almost oversized appearance giving the visual impression of its performance capabilities. A supercharged XKR model was introduced early in this generation’s production in 1998 and continued throughout. The second-generation models include those introduced for the 2007 model year to the present. These models had a larger, more intimidating appearance with a flatter front grille area displaying the Jaguar logo in the center of the mouth-like opening, and the cockpit-to-rear conversion was more gradual for a bullet-type appearance. All models feature a front engine rear drive layout.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Jaguar XK8, Jaguar XKR
Changes to the exterior may be hard to place on the 2005 models, but Jaguar did tweak the front end a little, leaving a more curvaceous, wider mouth-like grille. Engines have been slightly upgraded for this model year as well.
As of 2003, the Jaguar XK models had been revamped, and little changed for 2005 outside of tweaks to the front end. The low and flat XK has a super sporty and unique style giving the impression of projectile. Large wheels dominate the sides. Sculpted and smooth curves throughout give a constant impression of speed, and a defined cockpit and long hood leading to this keep it slightly classical in appearance. The rear bumpers are deeper than previous models, but this is hardly noticeable. The gloss black window finish is standard on all models. The rounded Jaguar headlights all include washers. The convertible models have a one-button, automatic-latching, power soft-top with a glass rear window that includes a defogger. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels come standard and 19-inch alloy wheels are available. These models are available in a range of colors and finishes.
The 2005 Jaguar XK interior is cramped, and while it is advertised as a four-seat vehicle, in reality, one person in the back is pushing the limits of interior space. Outside of this, it is very comfortable and luxurious, fitting well within the luxury class for a sport car. It features soft leathers and quality wood trim all tastefully displayed. The steering wheel is wood and leather and has electronic tilting and telescoping. The front seats are heated and an upgraded 320-watt Alpine audio system is optional. A navigation system is optional as well along with a list of quality bonuses.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Jaguar XK8 only comes with a 294-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. This is coupled with a super smooth six-speed ZF automatic transmission. Acceleration is smooth, almost to the point of not noticing, and max-speed limits can be set by the driver for this or other purposes. Passing at high speeds, merging, and negotiating traffic can be a lot of fun in the XK due to above-average handling within the class. Impressive overall, there are some quicker options from luxury car makers in the sport coupe arena, but there are plenty of areas where the XK could be considered superior to these models.
The 2005 Jaguar XK packs a lot of safety features into a smaller vehicle. Jaguar uses its exclusive Adaptive Restraint Technology System, which includes side-impact airbags plus extensions mounted in the front-seat backrest cushions, designed to offer further protection. These deploy according to accurate sensors installed in all models. All-disc anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard. Dynamic Stability Control helps prevent wheel slippage and an advanced Emergency Brake Assist system kicks in to determine and execute the shortest possible stopping distance in an emergency. The Reverse Park Control warns the driver if they approach an unseen obstacle while backing up.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar XK8: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Jaguar XKR: 14/21 mpg city/highway
- Sporty style
- Quiet ride
- Comfortable ride on smooth pavement
You Won't Like
- Interior room
- Tiny backseat space
- Poor ride quality on rough roads
Built with a unique style that many drivers will prefer.
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