The Jaguar XK returns for the 2012 model year with the same safety gear as last year, with one important addition.
Every XK coupe and convertible comes with standard dual front and side airbags, but since it's also built as a convertible, curtain airbags are left off the list. Anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control also are standard, and can be tweaked via sport settings to allow more wheel slip.
Front and rear parking sensors are standard, and this year they're joined by a rearview camera, a vital addition that helps rearward visibility in any XK with a roof in place. Convertibles also come with pop-up roll bars that deploy when the car senses a rollover is imminent.
Safety options include active cruise control and adaptive headlights.
Though it has all this safety content, neither crash-test agency has put the XK through their wall tests yet. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) modified their ratings systems for the 2011 model year and are still catching up with the trickle-down effects--not that they'd even test such an expensive, low-volume car as an XK in the first place.With this information at hand, we're giving the XK a tentative safety score of 9, based on its safety gear and the inherent strength of its aerospace-style bonded-aluminum body. We'll update our ratings if or when more data is available.