Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2007 Jaguar XK?
Styling...nothing for less than $200,000 compares. Interior craftsmanship...best in class. Overall sophistication...in a class by itself. No other car for less than twice the price garners as much positive attention.
We've driven in freezing cold, and the convertible top is so well insulated, it's not even cool to the touch. The interior is impressively tailored and leather is flawlessly stitched onto the dash, console, and doors. The aluminum body is exquisitely engineered with NO discernible cowl shake or chassis flex. The tuned exhaust provides an exhilarating soundtrack.
As beautiful as I felt it was at first sight...it simply gets more and more beautiful to the eye as you own it. I respect all car brands and their enthusiasts...but I'm sorry...just about every other car on the road looks like a generic jellybean or a bar of soap compared to an XK.
The exterior screams "art in motion"...the interior screams "craftsmanship"...and the motor just SCREAMS...period.
Cons: How would you improve your 2007 Jaguar XK?
I liked the glass (vs. plastic) headlamps of the prior 1997-2006 series...and I wish that some chromed pieces were metal vs. plastic...but I understand that ALL modern luxury cars have gone to these material changes, so I've accepted these things as part of the "modern age".
Other than that, any other negatives would be mindless nit-picking. No car at any price is perfect - but it would be hard to expect more in styling, craftsmanship, and engineering for the car's (convertible XK) $92,000 (original) price tag. Yes, this is a lot of money, but overall, the Jaguar is far more comparable to a Bentley or Aston Martin (which shares a lot of the same engineering) than it is to its comparably priced Mercedes and BMW competition. Yes - Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus make very fine cars in the same price bracket...but they simply do not have the Jaguar's panache.
2007 Jaguar XK Review:
We bought our 2007 metallic Slate XK convertible (with Warm Charcoal interior) with 10,500 miles in "as new" condition.
I hadn't even driven it a block, and I received my first compliment on the car. When my mother visited this Thanksgiving, we couldn't even make it home without an admirer tapping on the window to tell us that this was the most beautiful car she had ever seen. My neighbor (who is not a "car person") had only one word for the car "Gorgeous" (just like the Jaguar ad campaign!).
I'm sorry BMW...but in this price range, styling is important...and no matter how well a Bimmer may drive...NO ONE would call today's BMW a prettier car.
Mercedes makes a better looking range of cars than BMW right now...but once again, the Jaguar XK trumps all Mercedes styling efforts in my (any most other folks') opinion.
The car has also been ROCK SOLID RELIABLE!
In sum, there is no finer car for the money (maybe not even for twice the money).
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