The 2009 Jaguar XK received copious praise for its handsome styling. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com were filled with adjectives such as "sleek," "sensual," and "sexy.”
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, "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 2009 Jaguar XK also offers "four new soft-top colors" this year.
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 2009 Jaguar XK for an Aston Martin because of "the broader front bumper [that] distinguishes it from the preceding generation.”
Forbes Autos says that the interior of the 2009 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 complaint, saying the "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."
Most reviewers of the 2009 Jaguar XK, however, seem to agree with Motor Trend; "Trite but true: this is sex on wheels."