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STYLING | 10 out of 10
Styling garners almost universal admiration
Clearly a new kitten -- and a sexy one at that
Seductive, flowing lines, a low-to-the-ground stance
Gorgeous interior and exterior styling
Car and Driver
In all reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, the 2008 Jaguar XK enjoyed ample praise for its bold good looks, with descriptions like "sleek," "sensual," and "sexy" abounding.
Car and Driver praises the "gorgeous interior and exterior styling," though it warns that the "[e]xterior styling might be a bit too subtle for some." Saying that people often mistake the 2008 Jaguar XK for an Aston Martin because of "the broader front bumper [that] distinguishes it from the preceding generation" of XKs, Cars.com reports that the "XK's styling garners almost universal admiration." They specifically mention the "pronounced haunches [that] promise the power that the car thankfully delivers." Edmunds agrees: "there's more to this luxury coupe and convertible than sleek and muscular styling."
Kelley Blue Book notes that "the XK Coupe is just slightly longer than its predecessor, looking more contemporary and athletic." They also mention that the "non-functional front-fender vents are one of Jaguar's newest signature design touches." According to Cars.com, the 2008 Jaguar XK also offers "four new soft-top colors" this year.
ForbesAutos says that the interior of the 2008 Jaguar XK "is dressed up with aluminum trim (more traditional burl walnut is a no-cost option)" and that the "XKR Portfolio version gets a more luxurious interior, with Spun Aluminum trim (Satin American Walnut is optional), an alloy and leather-trimmed gear selector, [and] contrast stitching on leather surfaces."
Cars.com has a minor beef with this Jaguar; 2008’s "limited-production Portfolio version of the XKR...adds exterior touches, including exclusive 20-inch wheels," but that another of those exterior touches on the XKR trim--"a more aggressive bumper and plasticky silver grille"--is not as successful and "frequently draws criticism."
All in all, however, most reviewers of the 2008 Jaguar XK would seem to agree with Motor Trend: "Trite but true: this is sex on wheels."
The majority of car experts and enthusiasts alike found much to adore about the sleek lines and sporty look of the 2008 Jaguar XK.