Used Jaguar XK R-S Convertible (2012 - 2014) Comfort

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013
4.5
Sometimes you wonder when enough’s enough, and when you consider the thinking behind the outrageous Jaguar XKR-S you’ll realise that those who gave this thing the go-ahead simply had their hands over their ears when caution was being urged. The thing is, the brutish Jaguar XKR that preceded the ‘S’ was more than enough to please the performance junkies but Jag felt it still wasn’t done and got going with the Porsche GT3-rivalling XKR-S Coupe.

4 out of 5

Comfort

The XKR-S is surprisingly compliant on motorways even though the ride is firm. In that respect Jaguar XKR-S Convertible comfort has not been compromised even though it is an unashamed sports car. We think it is a little more bumpy than the Coupe on poorly surfaced roads but not unbearable. The electric sports seats offer excellent lateral and back support and the range of adjustment means you can get a decent driving position without fuss.

With the roof up the road and wind noise has been well contained but it would be a crime if the engine noise was suppressed too much. With the roof down it’s best to put the windguard up so you don’t get buffeted, and only people with particularly large hair will get windswept. Of course, when the roof’s down you’ll get a massive amount of engine noise when it gets past 4000rpm, but that’s all part of the fun.

3 out of 5

Practicality

You can get a holdall in the boot and a couple of bags in the token rear seats but don’t expect to carry a lot of stuff if you are planning a weekend away. At the front there’s more than enough head- and legroom, and although the A-pillars are pretty sizeable they are not intrusive. Rear visibility isn’t great though, but obviously improves when you put the roof down.

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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Inside, the Jaguar XKR-S exudes class. Top-quality materials and a logical dashboard design point to class as well as functionality. The multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel fits in well with the character of the car that, although visceral in terms of performance, retains its sense of style that isn’t brash and remote. The touchscreen multi-media system located in the centre of the dashboard is easy to use and unfussy.