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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK 2012

There are few automakers with the reputation for luxury and refinement that Jaguar has enjoyed for decades. The 2012 Jaguar XK fits perfectly within those expectations.

Key Features

Luxurious and sporty, the 2012 Jaguar XK manages to combine both power and sophistication into a single package. Some of the most notable features on the car include a powerful V8 engine (with upgraded options available), as well as the ability to choose either a coupe or convertible format.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the XK sees a moderate exterior refresh, as well as the addition of a brand new high-end trim, the XKR-S. All models also gained a rotary shift control.

What We Like

We love the power and handling offered by this impressive vehicle. It manages to deliver a visceral driving experience even with the convertible model, which is saying something as convertibles tend to be heavier, slower and more ponderous than their hardtop cousins.

What Concerns Us

While we can’t pick apart the driving and handling performance, there are a few things that we think Jag could have done better. The touchscreen is laging, and the fuel economy certainly isn’t all that impressive. But then again, if you’re driving an XK, chances are good you’re not too worried about your fuel economy.

Available Models

There are several available models when it comes to the 2012 Jaguar XK. The base model is the XK itself, available as both a hardtop and soft-top. It features a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 385 hp (16 mpg in town and 24 mpg on the highway).

Next up is the XKR, which has a larger V8 engine and manages to produce 510 hp (15 mpg for in-town driving and 22 mpg for driving on the highway). The XKR-S has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and produces 550 hp (15/22 mpg).

Major Recalls

There were several recalls issued for the 2012 Jaguar XK. In early 2015, a recall was issued for certain models for front side lamps turning off by themselves.

In 2013, a recall was issued for an overhead console switch also operating the power windows and convertible roof.

Common Issues

While the 2012 Jaguar XK is certainly a powerhouse, there are some common complaints from drivers. The slow response from the touchscreen is a top complaint, but some drivers also cite the limited back seating capacity and the small trunk space as problems.

Jaguar XK 2012 Interior

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