2012 Jaguar XK

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Jaguar XK. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-8 power and sound
  • Transmission smoothness
  • Good balance of handling and ride comfort
  • Timeless looks
  • Limited wind buffeting (convertible)

The Bad

  • Worthless backseat
  • Some low-grade cabin controls
  • Touch-screen's sluggish response
  • Convertible's right-side blind spot
  • Brakes are somewhat grabby

Notable Features of the 2012 Jaguar XK

  • Coupe or convertible
  • New front and rear styling for 2012
  • Twist-knob gear selector
  • Supercharged XKR makes 510 hp
  • High-performance XKR-S makes 550 hp
  • Optional collision warning system

2012 Jaguar XK Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Jaguar XK is a high-end luxury sports car that drives as well as it looks. The four-seat XK comes as a coupe or convertible with V-8 power. There are two high-performance variants of the XK: the XKR and XKR-S. Both have supercharged V-8s, and the XKR-S' engine puts out 550 horsepower. According to Jaguar, the XKR-S can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Competitors include the BMW 650i and Mercedes-Benz SL.

(Skip to details on the: XKR and XKR-S)

New for 2012
The XK coupe and convertible receive new front and rear styling.

Exterior
The XK's oval grille opening is different from other Jaguar models, and the broader front bumper distinguishes it from the preceding generation, called the XK8. Exterior features include:

  • 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-operated heated side mirrors with automatic dimming
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Dual exhaust

Interior
The XK's interior isn't the roomiest in its class, though its front-seat legroom is far better than average and its dimensions are more than workable for adults. The backseat exists only in name; there's no legroom unless the front occupants slide forward, and the seat cushions have oddly shaped contours. It's "2+2" seating, which means Jaguar doesn't expect you to think they're real rear seats. The convertible's soft-top is thick enough that interior noise levels aren't much different from the coupe's. Interior features include:

  • L...
Vehicle Overview

The Jaguar XK is a high-end luxury sports car that drives as well as it looks. The four-seat XK comes as a coupe or convertible with V-8 power. There are two high-performance variants of the XK: the XKR and XKR-S. Both have supercharged V-8s, and the XKR-S' engine puts out 550 horsepower. According to Jaguar, the XKR-S can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Competitors include the BMW 650i and Mercedes-Benz SL.

(Skip to details on the: XKR and XKR-S)

New for 2012
The XK coupe and convertible receive new front and rear styling.

Exterior
The XK's oval grille opening is different from other Jaguar models, and the broader front bumper distinguishes it from the preceding generation, called the XK8. Exterior features include:

  • 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-operated heated side mirrors with automatic dimming
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Dual exhaust

Interior
The XK's interior isn't the roomiest in its class, though its front-seat legroom is far better than average and its dimensions are more than workable for adults. The backseat exists only in name; there's no legroom unless the front occupants slide forward, and the seat cushions have oddly shaped contours. It's "2+2" seating, which means Jaguar doesn't expect you to think they're real rear seats. The convertible's soft-top is thick enough that interior noise levels aren't much different from the coupe's. Interior features include:

  • Leather seats and steering wheel
  • Available real wood or aluminum trim
  • Navigation system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Optional leather-appointed dash
  • Optional heated steering wheel

Under the Hood
Jaguar claims zero to 60 mph acceleration of 5.2 seconds in the XK. Mechanical features include:

  • 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (XK)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift function

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Daytime running lights
  • Antilock brakes and traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

XKR
Jaguar's XKR builds upon the XK with a 510-hp, supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V-8. A modified suspension firms up the ride but sharpens handling. Other changes include a modified exterior with a mesh grille, modified fog lights, larger wheels, quad exhaust and dual hood louvers. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Jaguar says the XKR accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Back to top

XKR-S
Jaguar claims the limited-production XKR-S has a top speed of 186 mph and will leap from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Thanks to exhaust system and engine computer tuning, the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 makes 550 hp and 502 pounds-feet of torque. Boost pressure and engine compression are also slightly higher. The engine teams with a six-speed automatic that incorporates shift paddles. The suspension is 10 millimeters lower, and the XKR-S has an electronic differential.

The exterior is different than other XKs. Gloss-black accents are present, and the front bumper incorporates a carbon fiber splitter. The aggressive-looking hood features two horizontal cooling slots near the car's nose. At the rear, there's a big fixed spoiler with carbon fiber inlay. The XKR-S also has unique wider side sills and a distinctive rear apron with a carbon fiber diffuser.

Inside, there are 16-way power-adjustable performance seats with sculpted side bolsters. RS logos adorn the head restraints and doorsills. Back to top


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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Beautiful, luxury and stunning performance

by John from Sammamish, WA on December 4, 2017

Looks beautiful, sounds awesome....really...awesome, great GT ride and it is 520hp, 0-60 in 4.2s. It has everything in a car you could want unless you want to haul family or stuff. I 've owned it 4 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fast, beautiful and classy: Jaguar XKR

by vettedr on November 25, 2017

Perfect sports car. Gorgeous, fast and comfortable. Looks like a $250,000 Aston Martin. Very reliable and fun to drive. Maintenance costs are minimal per year. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Jaguar XK currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Jaguar XK has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jaguar

Program Benefits

Rigorous 165-Point Inspection, Transferable Warranty, Roadside Assistance, No Deductible, Vehicle History Report, Trip Interruption Benefits

  • Limited Warranty

    Up to 7 Years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date (no deductible), whichever comes first
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 165 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XK received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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