2005 Jaguar XK-Series Review Ratings
2005 Jaguar XK-Series XKR Roadster Review
Power and style
Fuel economy and cost
Super Cool Car, Power And Style — The XKR is very powerful and perhaps one of the best looking cars ever. Retro styling like the E-type but much better reliability thank to Ford I suppose, and updated in every way. There is a very good owners website that helps keep ownership from being too expensive, but so far, very few and very minor issues. I believe the supercharged version has better reliability stats than the normally aspirated less powerful engine version.
Primary Use: Family transportation
2005 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 Review
Fun and sexy
We don't use it enoug to justify owning it.
It Is Not Your Typical Luxury Box Rolling Down The Road, Heads Turn And It's Fun To Drive — A convertible with enough trunk space for luggage! What a concept! Plus it is just a beautiful car. This is a luxury car in a sports car uniform. Take your turn owning a piece of prefection. Surprisingly good highway gas mileage 25-27mpg.
2005 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 Roadster Review
build quality and durability, sizable trunk, noise isolation, overall performance, aesthetics, relative exclusivity, long-range cruise comfort, highway fuel economy
top-down cowl shake, useless rear seats
=) — Parent owns it. It's FAST. Taken it up to 130 mph with the top up and down. The standard Pirelli P-Zero "Assymetrico" tires provide tons of grip, but a quiet ride as well. Alpine stereo is more suited for top-down motoring than top-up. Tape deck actually comes in handy for those of us with iPods, and maintains decent enough sound quality. Sound quality from 6-disc changer in the trunk is amazing. Only use the "back seats" from groceries or wind breakers or something; definitely not suited for people with legs. Front seats are soft and supportive, and stayed comfortable after a 5.5 hour drive between LA and Sacramento. Returned about 27 mpg on that same trip with the A/C on and speeds between 75 and 90 (accidental) mph. The cupholders are rather flimsy, so hold on to your Starbucks if you plan on taking off quickly from a stoplight. Brakes are excellent in performance, wear, and pedal feel. Power oversteering is rather encouraged by the dynamics of the car, and stability control is minimally intrusive when switched on. Be careful with it off, however, 320 lb ft is quite a lot to play with! The interior is completely crafted in Burl Walnut, leather, and softly padded surfaces. The top is triple sealed and very durable, and blocks out road and wind noise reasonably up to about 85 mph. Cowl shake is disturbingly present when the top is down, however the structure feels solid as a proper two ton coupe should feel with the top up. To boot, the car is definitely not as status quo as the Mercedes SL, and not as common as the Lexus SC430 or BMW Z4, which helps it maintain its classic and classy image longer than those choices.
2005 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 Review
Comfortable ride, nice room.
Not very good looking, but got it in green. Engine wasn't very good.
Reviews From Other Years
A True Grand Touring Convertible.
This is the first sports car that my wife likes better than I do, and we both love the car. It is a beautiful machine with classic lines, a throaty V-8 exhaust note, and power to spare. It has a surpr... Read More
Off The Hook!
The XKR is an awesome piece of driving machinery. It is super quick w/0-60mph times of 4.3 seconds. It gets close to 20 mpg overall mpg and does not drink a quart of oil every 1,000 miles like my Po... Read More
Beautifully Decent Car
Fantastic car to drive, lacking in power a bit, XKR version is completely different. handeling is not too sharp. interior options are amazing many new technological features. its a beautiful car to l... Read More
Favorite Car Ever!
Great performance.The design is just amazing and sharp.The acceleration is...wow! thats what i gotta say.Usually it's for spirited driving,you know for fun.It's in perfect condition and never really... Read More
Very Nice Cat!!!
The R is the one get's everybody excited at the traffic lights!!! the sound off the tailpipes make your hair stand up at the back of your neck!!! Read More
Close To Being A Super-car!
An awesome car to have for the price that they are selling for now. This car is close to being a super car by its looks, strength and style. Amazing handling and a pleasure to drive with the top down.... Read More
Great All Round Gt
The Jaguar XK is not a porsche, corvette or a mercedes SLK but it does have the best balance between luxury, performance, style, quality and VFM. If you want a car that puts a smile on your face every... Read More