I bought a 2007 Jag XK two months ago--I drove it 2500 miles and traded it for the new Mercedes SL 550. The Jag was a beautiful car, but the Mercedes is head and shoulders above it in the driving exp...
I bought a 2007 Jag XK two months ago--I drove it 2500 miles and traded it for the new Mercedes SL 550. The Jag was a beautiful car, but the Mercedes is head and shoulders above it in the driving experience.
The new SL, although 500 pounds heavier than the Jag, is more responsive, corners with less body roll, and has a better ride. The Mercedes also has much more comfortable seats, it has a retractable hardtop that is awesome for the unfortunate times that weather requires top-up motoring, and it has 82hp more than the Jag, propelling it from 0 to 60 over half a second faster than the Cat from Britain.
The Jag is better looking, has a much better stereo, better NAV, and, in my opinion, the better transmission, but when you drive the two cars, there is no comparison--the SL is by far the better driver. The Jag transmission is really a marvel--the six speed automatic has lightning fast shifts--when you drive the SL immediately after the Jag, it seems like the tranny must be full of sludge it is so slow in comparison--and this is the renowned 7-speed G-tronic that is raved about in the car mags--drive them both and you will see what I mean--the Jag tranny is vastly superior and more fun to use.
The biggest complaints I have about the SL are the NAV and the stereo--the NAV is ridiculoulsy complicated--plus it is slow and comes up with inane routes that make no senses. The Bose stereo is mediocre at best--this is hard to stomach in a car that costs over $100,000--there is no subwoofer and no rear speakers--even the front speakers don't get components--and to make matters worse, the entire system is connected via fiber optics, making it incredibly difficult if not impossible (not to mention exorbitantly expensive) to modify. On top of all of this, the steering wheel controls are worthless--the buttons to change the radio stations do not correspond to the pre-sets---instead they simply go up or down to the next available station. How stupid is this? ANSWER---VERY!!!
But even with its problems, the SL shines in the area most important--driving--it is absolutely the best driving automobile I have ever owned--and over the past 10 years I've had Lexus, Acura NSX, Corvettes, Jaguars, and several BMWs--none drives as well as the SL.