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...quick convertible top operation
Lowering the power-operated top is a cinch...
...cumbersome touch-screen interface
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The XKR's fully powered soft-top roof lowers or raises in roughly 20 seconds
I was surprised to discover that even though this car features Bluetooth connectivity as well as an iPhone jack, it does not feature voice dialing
Jaguar takes a tack that's opposite of luxury brands like Porsche. Rather than offer hundreds of individual options, the 2012 XK lineup has a streamlined set of features and options, with outstanding choices in sound.
Every XK coupe has luxurious equipment, including power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; leather seating; Bluetooth with streaming audio; a navigation system; keyless entry and push-button start; a tilt/telescope steering wheel with warming; 19-inch wheels; and a stunning 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio, a USB port and a six-CD changer, if you rock it old-school.
Jaguar was one of the first automakers to introduce LCD touchscreen control of its audio systems, and its software reacts more slowly than those from other automakers. The seven-inch touchscreen now doubles as a display for the newly standard rearview camera.The XK's multi-function steering wheel is revised for 2012. Jaguar now paints some switches in soft-touch paint, and adds more gloss black finish to complement new ambient lighting.
All of these features are standard on the XKR coupes, along with 20-inch wheels and different wood and metallic trim choices for the cabin. HD radio is available as an option, as are active headlights.
On Convertibles, the quick-folding power top has thick insulation, and comes with power rear quarter windows.
New on the XKR-S and available on the XKR are 16-way adjustable sport seats with memory controls and heating.
Jaguar limits options to a very few ultra-high-end add-ons. HD Radio is an option, as are active headlights.
It's brimming with luxury features and finishes, but we'd touch up the 2012 Jaguar XK's touchscreen controls for better responsiveness.