Pity about the reliability
Added: 17th of September 2019
I retired 3 years ago and was certainly not going to be one of the ‘buy a Ford Fiesta then die’ brigade, so I bought a 2007 Jaguar XK with 70k miles on the clock. It was (is) immaculate and in my opinion, the best colour: Radiance red with beige and grey upholstery and walnut trim. Despite the large wheels and low profile tyres, it rides very well although on most surfaces but there is too much road noise, although the lovely V8 engine drowns this out when accelerating hard. Performance is very good and I’ve never got less than 25mpg which for a heavy-ish car with a 4.2 litre engine is not bad. A couple of very poor features are having to use a touch screen to alter heating controls etc. which is both awkward and in my opinion dangerous and inexplicably, there is no engine temperature gauge. Now the really bad part. Electronic reliability is shocking! There is always some message or other on the dash panel reporting the latest catastrophe from ‘key not recognised’ or ‘engine fault’ or ‘check pedestrian system’ (I don’t even know what this is) and it gives you no confidence that you will ever finish a journey, made worse by having to charge the battery every couple of weeks if the car is not used. There have been some other issues like body corrosion which is unbelievable on a modern car and the ac failed which cost £800 to fix. So overall, a nice looking well performing car let down by poor design and/build quality and as such, difficult to recommend.