The brakes make short work of stopping the Jaguar XKR even from high speeds, the front brake discs have a diameter of 355mm and they are 32mm thick, which not only improves braking but also the system’s resistance to fade.
The brakes make short work of stopping the Jaguar XKR even from high speeds, the front brake discs have a diameter of 355mm and they are 32mm thick, which not only improves braking but also the system’s resistance to fade. The braking system also includes four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Assist to increase brake pressure during an emergency stop and encompasses Jaguar’s excellent Electronic Park Brake function.
Ride quality always remains composed and the XKR rides effortlessly over even the poorest of road surfaces and is simply superb. Our test car was fitted with Jaguar’s keyless door entry and button start/stop system all you have to do is put the key fob in your pocket or handbag and forget about it. Simply pull the door handle open to unlock the car and press the start button to start the car (with you foot on the brake) and off you go. To stop the car you press the button again and to lock the car, simply shut the door and press a small button on the door handle.
We found getting in and out of the Jaguar XKR coupe very easy, although you do have to be careful where you park due to the longer than average doors. Getting into the rear is a different matter requiring a degree of flexibility reserved for children. Shorter adults will fit in the rear seats but it is going to be uncomfortable. Last year we reported that we could not fit our child seat into the rear, this year Jaguar had pre-fitted an ISOFIX seat into the car, which involved removing the base of the rear seat. But it did allow a two year old to fit in with a flexible adult in the seat in front, but it did reduce the front passenger’s leg room considerably. If you need to carry passengers in comfort then there is Jaguar XJR saloon , which is very capable of carrying five adults with little reduction in performance.
Both the driver’s and passenger’s seats are 16 way electrically adjustable with 3 memory positions. The steering column is also electrically adjustable and can be programmed to move out of the way for easy entry and exit from the car. It is very easy to find the optimum seating and driving position, the seats can even be adjusted to hug the contours of your back. The front seats benefit from three stage heating and even the leather steering wheel as a heating element to keep your hands warm in winter.
All round vision is very good and we found the Jaguar XKR easy to park and manoeuvre, there are front and rear parking sensors which display an image of the car on the telematics screen, showing how close you are to objects at the front and rear of the car. There is also audible warning which uses the appropriate speaker to warn of the possibility and direction of the forthcoming doom.
Our test car was fitted with the power fold mirror package which adds power folding mirrors and both exterior and interior electro-chromic mirrors which automatically dim at night when your are being followed by other road users. We also benefited from auto-on adaptive front Bi-Xenon headlights which automatically swivel the headlight beam in the direction of travel. It worked very well and vision around corners is improved but at first it can make you feel a little sick. At low speeds or when you indicate a separate beam comes on to light up the side of the car in the direction you are turning.
Jaguar XKR Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Jaguar XKR 4.2 litre V8 Supercharged|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Automatic Transmission|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||32.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / Unlimited Mileage|
|Price (when tested on the 24/08/08)||£70,995|