2013 Jaguar XK

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$79,000

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2013 Jaguar XK
2013 Jaguar XK

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Jaguar XK trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Coupe or convertible
  • 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8
  • Supercharged XKR makes 510 hp
  • High-performance XKR-S makes 550 hp
  • Six-speed automatic

2013 Jaguar XK review: Our expert's take

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, XKR-S)
New for 2013
New Touring versions of the coupe and convertible body styles give the XK a lower starting price for 2013. There’s also a new Portfolio Package for the XK and XKR that includes chrome mirror caps and a chrome grille, contrast cabin stitching, soft-grain leather, heated and cooled front seats, walnut or aluminum interior trim, a leather headliner, stainless-steel pedals and scuff plates, and leather-trimmed floormats.
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-folding side mirrors with automatic dimming
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Dual exhaust
  • Power-folding soft-top (convertible)

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
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available leather-appointed dash
  • Available 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
  • Available collision warning system

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 and 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 says 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 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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

HIGH PERFORMANCE AND RELIABLE ENGINE

5.0L V8, 20" WHEELS, NAVIGATION, BACKUP REAR CAMERA, HEATED LEATHER SEATS, PREMIUM SOUND, HID LIGHTS, ALWAYS SERVICED THROUGH JAGUAR DEALERSHIP, GOOD CONDITION, LOW MILES, RECENTLY REPLACED TIRES, SPARK PLUGS, TIRE SENSORS, LED LIGHTS, COOLANT BLEED HOSE, AND TWO PROGRAMMED KEYS.

4.9

Blistering FAST and Sexy JAG!

I was looking for a used luxury sports car and had finally made up my mind to buy another Jaguar because of the extreme luxury interiors and reliability I had with my Jaguar XF. I purchased a 2013 XK-R with Dynamic Pack, Speed Back, and Black Pack. It's amazingly fast, best exhaust note ever, and absolutely gorgeous to look out. Why not buy an exclusive car like this? Read all the reviews. Once you drive one, you'll understand why the pro reviewers say this is the best GT car ever!

5.0

BEST CAR

Sad knowing they stopped production and went to the F-Type which is more like the sky. Perspective, I've owned 2 new BMW's, GST Spyder, Infinity, Nissans, Mopars,= (Challengers) 5.O Stang, Jeeps. THIS IS BY FAR, the best car I've owned. If you are on the fence get one now before they become extinct. I purchased a 2013 w/less than 20K XK Touring Coupe, never liked the spine look of the Convertible top (except on an Aston DB9 or M60. I cannot find a purpose for any HP over 400, unless you track it all the time. Realistically, you can't use the power except in very rare spots. So I found the fit of the cabin to be perfect, the 2 + 2 is actually hilarious and a good conversation piece, just invite a friend over 3 feet tall to try and sit back there. The Jag rumble from the exhaust is exhilarating to say the least, even at 2500 rpms, then full throttle blows the mind. Tight suspension, steering, and response. Jag got the 3rd gen of this car right for sure. All the features you want come standard. I cannot say enough about the look, slim, slammed, sleek, the body lines are pure art. Gas mileage might be an issue, but if you can't spring for the high ox fuel then you might want to skip any performance car. So basically if you want a very well built, fast, and beautiful car get one. Just bury the though of gasoline all together so you can enjoy the ride. Another small note, the information system is very slow in response, but why be in a hurry? you're in a jag.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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