One pleasing Jaguar characteristic remains: the XK is good value. Prices start at around £65,000 for the standard normally aspirated V8 coupe and, although this is more expensive than some rivals, the Jag’s excellent standard kit list more than compensates, and never mind rivals’ air of relative ordinariness in comparison.
The 5.0-litre V8 is much more economical than its 4.2-litre predecessor, but won't return its claimed 25.2mpg unless you're restrained with the accelerator. Don’t expect to see its 264g/km CO2 emissions putting it in the running for a Green Car of the Year award though, especially lined up next to BMW’s next generation 199g/km V8.
The XKR offers a lot more than a supercharger for its £13k premium, but just remember what the sort of antics that you’re likely to get up to will do to your wallet; even being the most economical Jaguar XKR ever, we struggled to better 20mpg even when holding back. Not that this is likely to bother those shelling out for one.
For the drama and sheer performance, the XKR-S justifies its near-six-figure price but, in the final reckoning, it remains a large, relatively heavy GT. And as GT cars go, it’s difficult to argue against the XKR, especially at a saving of £20k.
The same verdict applies to the £103k convertible version of the XKR-S; whilst undoubtedly capable, it doesn't offer a significantly improved all-round package for the price premium.