With the addition of the XF and XJ sedans now patrolling roads, the XK becomes Jaguar's oldest model in the current lineup. As one of the only British roadsters remaining, the XK has progressed in styling and refinements as the years have passed.
The 2012 XK receives the XKR-S model which is slots in at the top of the XK lineup. Other new features include styling tweaks on the front and rear end on the XK and XKR models along with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Interior updates also include higher-quality materials and the addition of a rearview camera that is now standard on all models.
While the XK can keep up in its class, the car is aging. The only transmission option comes in the form of an automatic while others in its class offer a manual as well.
Body styles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Coupe, Convertible, XKR, XKR-S
New for 2012 is the addition of the XKR-S Coupe, sitting at the top of the XK lineup. The styling of the front and rear end has been altered ever so slightly on the XK and XKR models with new headlights and LED running lights. An upgraded interior with better materials also makes its debut along with a standard rearview camera for 2012.
The 2012 XK is offered in three models adorned in two body styles, a coupe and a soft-top convertible. The XKR-S is only available as a coupe keeping in line with its racing persona. The base XK rolls on 19-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, and front and rear parking sensors. Other features include rear fog lights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition/entry, and upgraded brakes and exhaust. The XKR-S gets a beefier engine, 20-inch wheels, and an upgraded exhaust. A tuned suspension and trunk-mounted wing are also tacked on.
A touch screen controls all media in the XK but can be a little too sensitive at times. The infotainment system is standard along with a premium stereo, and automatic climate control. The latest interior is tailored with soft-touch materials but space is limited in the back seat. The cabin as a whole is just right for small children but full-grown adults may find it cramped with the narrow windows. Other interior features include a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and automatic climate control.
Performance & Handling
A 5.0-liter V-8 engine offers 385 horsepower and gives the boot to the old XK engine. A 510-horsepower turbocharged version of the V-8 is offered on the XKR with both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar claims the new engine won't hinder fuel economy as much as the last one did earning 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The rear-wheel drive XKR-S gets an even more robust version of the supercharged engine laying down a pavement peeling 550 horsepower. Jaguar claims it will go from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
Standard safety features on the 2012 XK include anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, emergency brake assist, and understeer logic control. Other safety features include electronic stability and traction control, corner brake control, and electronic brake force distribution. The convertible receives pop-up rollover bars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Base: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
XKR: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Convertible: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
- Robust V-8 engine
- Sumptuous interior
- Technological features
You Won't Like
- Small backseat
- Touch screen lags
Solid but showing its age
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