A nod to the elegant styling of the classic first-generation E-Type, the XKR draws its fare share of attention and is by far the best looking coupe from Jag in decades. In typical Jaguar fashion, the cabin is wonderfully luxurious, clad in rich leather upholstery and trademark burl walnut trim. A pair of Recaro front bucket seats are well bolstered and keep you snug behind the wheel. The car does have two rear seats, but you will be hard pressed to fit a small child back there, let alone a fully-grown adult, which renders it pretty much useless.
While it's comfortable once you're settled in, headroom was a bit tight, as might be expected considering the low-slung roofline. Rear visibility was also slightly compromised. Hey, style comes at a price. And at around $90,000, the XKR doesn't come cheap. On the plus side, the coupe offers decent trunk space with 11.5 cubic feet (10.8 for the ragtop). Factor in a long list of creature comforts and safety features such as Computer Active Suspension, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Ultrasonic Parking Assist and Bluetooth connectivity and this coupe is about as tech-savvy as you can get.
Inspired by over 70 years of legendary performance and design, the XKR offers elegance, power and prestige like only a Jaguar can.
From the Hip
+ Supercharged performance, luxurious cabin, generous trunk
- Limited head room, poor rear visibility
2005 Jaguar XKR
Price as tested: $90,695
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
4.2-liter V8, dohc, four valves per cylinder, supercharged and intercooled
Peak Power: 390 bhp @ 6100 rpm
Peak Torque: 399 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec.
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Economy: 17 city/ 24 hwy