2012 Jaguar XK vs. Its Competition

2012 Jaguar XKR
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Jaguar has some very talented competition, hailing from all around the world.

On the touring side of things is the Mercedes-Benz SL, which remains boulevard-smooth even when shod with full AMG battle gear.

It's heavy, though, and COMAND's knob controller takes a long time to learn.

BMW has a new 6-Series coupe and cabriolet duo, each with a more refined, less Supra-ish shape and at least a token effort at weight loss.

A Chevrolet Corvette channels the brasher side of Jaguar's appeal, but its interior is nowhere near the British standard set by the XK.

A new Porsche 911 is due this year, and it promises to be bigger and more technically complex than ever--take that as you will.

Of all the semi-exotics we've driven, the Maserati GranTurismo may be the XK's truest, if more expensive, competitive.

It has a lusty V-8 engine, a gorgeous silhouette and pitch-perfect interior, and sport models and modes that stack up well against the Jag.

Heck, its name even means "grand tourer."

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Quick Specs
9.4
How to tell if you're hopeless, when it comes to cars: take your pulse after looking at or driving the 2012 Jaguar XK.
8.6
Elegant, stylish, comfortable, and quick, the 2012 BMW 6-Series is one of the top choices for a grand-touring coupe or convertible--as long as your budget can handle it.
8.8
From fast to insanely fast, yet still practical and affordable, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a great balance and a strong value.
8.4
A powerful near-exotic luxury convertible, or a grand tourer with German precision? The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class is both.
9.0
The 2012 Porsche 911 is one of the best buys in the sports car market, and quite possibly the most practical, luxurious car at its performance level available.
MSRP From    
$84,500$73,600$49,600$103,650$79,000
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6
EPA Class    
Mini-CompactCompact CarsTwo Seater2 SeaterMini-Compact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Coupe w/2LT2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe Carrera *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44224
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeCoupe2 Door CoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomaticManual