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$72,637
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$79,000
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Abundant standard equipment and numerous color and trim choices are strengths of the Jaguar XK, but the touchscreen interface is not.
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...quick convertible top operation
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For the 2014 model year, Jaguar has revised some of the trim and package options, but it remains a well-equipped and upgradable luxury grand tourer fit to compete with any alternative in its class.

The XK range starts with the Touring model, which offers a sub-$80,000 starting price (before destination). Available as a coupe or a convertible, the XK Touring includes a premium sound system with satellite radio, rearview camera, heated 10-way power adjustable front seats, parking sensors, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, keyless entry and push-button start, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, leather upholster, and power accessories. A fabric headliner and 19-inch alloy wheels are also standard equipment.

While the navigation, automatic climate control, and premium audio are generally very good, the method of controlling them--the central touchscreen--can be frustrating. Slow responses, and a menu system that requires several "back" commands, or even a bail-out move with the "home" key, makes many adjustments multi-step endeavors that feel, and are, more complex than they should be.

Moving up to the standard XK model adds standard 20-inch alloy wheels, heated and cooled 16-way power adjustable front seats, Bowers & Wilkins 7.1 Surround Sound audio with 14 speakers, a heated leather steering wheel, and soft-grain leather interior trim.

The performance-oriented XKR gets the standard XK equipment, and gains additions that are largely focused on traction and handling, though it also gets Adaptive Front Lighting dynamic headlights, HD Radio, and unique Jaguar R styling elements inside and out.

For the hardcore XK driver, the XKR-S takes the XKR's features and adds numerous performance features, plus 16-way power adjustable leather performance  seats, a Poltrona Frau leather headliner, and bright stainless steel pedals.

The 25-car U.S. run of the XKR-S GT is intended as a track car for the street, and gets equipment to match. Including all of the XKR-S's standard features, the XKR-S GT adds carbon fiber exterior aerodynamics, carbon fiber-finished exterior trim elements, a suede cloth interior (including the steering wheel, headliner, and its unique performance seats), and many more performance enhancements.

An available Portfolio Pack enhances XK and XKR models with additional chrome, color, and comfort options.

Conclusion

Abundant standard equipment and numerous color and trim choices are strengths of the Jaguar XK, but the touchscreen interface is not.

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