2010 Jaguar XK | new car review

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2010 is a face-lifted version of the model that was launched back in 2008. Visual changes include new designs for the front and rear bumpers as well as revised styling for the head and tail lamps.

More significant are the changes on the interior with headline news being the addition of the JaguarSelector rotary gear selector as first introduced on the XF sedan. Press the pulsating starter button and the gear selector rises from the transmission tunnel to fit into the palm of your hand. It’s a nice touch and provides an interesting – and intuitive – way to change between the settings of the gearbox.

But the most important change happened under the long evocative bonnet – an all-new 5.0-litre V8 engine now provides the thrills to the rear wheels. It’s available in two states of tune – a 385bhp naturally aspirated version for the regular XK and a 510bhp supercharged version for the XKR. Both versions are available in two-door and bodystyles. Standard equipment is vast and includes 19″ alloy wheels, full leather interior, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control and Bluetooth handsfree connectivity for your mobile phone.

As with all modern Jaguars, the interior is a mix of traditional materials – such as the walnut wood veneer – and the latest in in-car technology. This is showcased perfectly with the 7-inch screen that sits in the centre of the dashboard and works as a touch screen to control most of the XK’s various functions such as the satellite navigation and entertainment system – including the in-dash six-CD autochanger.

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