Highlights of the 2007-2015 Jaguar XK and XKR buying guide:
- The pre-facelifted X150 Jaguar XK or XKR is cheaper than the new 2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, while the post-facelifted models are cheaper than the new Mustang GT
- While they roughly match the speed of modern Mustangs, the XK and XKR feel more comfortable and luxurious and handle better
- While a lack of maintenance and an old battery can cause lasting problems, the well-maintained X150 XK and XKR should be reliable luxury sports cars.
Depreciation is a great democrat, bringing luxury cars and high-end sports cars within reach of the general enthusiast’s wallet. And for some, it’s a tantalizing deal that’s too good to turn down. Like, why buy a new Subaru BRZ when you can get a used Porsche Boxster for the same price? Or, for the same price as a new Ford Mustang, you can slide into a used Jaguar XK or XKR.
Natural suction or supercharged, a used X150 Jaguar XK costs less than a Ford Mustang, including EcoBoost
|2007-2015 ‘X150’ Jaguar XK, XKR||2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost||2022 Ford Mustang GT|
|Machine||XK: 4.2 liter V8 (2007-2009), 5.0 liter V8 (2010-2015)
XKR: 4.2-liter supercharged V8 (2007-2009), 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (2010-2015)
|2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder||5.0 liter V8|
|Horsepower||XK: 296 hp (2007-2009), 385 hp (2010-2015)
XKR: 415 hp (2007-2009), 510 hp (2010-2015)
|310 hp (basic)
330 hp (High Performance Plan)
|torque||XK: 310 lb-ft (2007-2009), 380 lb-ft (2010-2015)
XKR: 413 lb-ft (2007-2009), 461 lb-ft (2010-2015)
|350 lb-ft||410 lb-ft|
|Transmission||Six speed automatic||Six-speed manual
10 speed auto
10 speed auto
|curb weight||XK: 3770 lbs (2015 Coupe), 3924 lbs (2015 Convertible)
XKR: £3968 (2015 Coupe), £4079 (2015 Conversion)
|Fastback: 3491 lbs (manual), 3511 lbs (auto)
Convertible: 3636 lbs (manual), 3656 lbs (auto)
High Performance Package Fastback: 3730 lbs (manual), 3752 lbs (auto)
High Performance Convertible Package: 3916 lbs (manual), 3932 lbs (auto)
|Fastback: 3730 lbs (manual), 3752 lbs (auto)
Convertible: 3916 lbs (manual), 3932 lbs (auto)
|0-60 mph time||XK: 5.6 seconds (2007, Car and Driver), 5.0 seconds (2010, Car and Driver)
XKR: 4.5 seconds (2007, Car and Driver), 4.0 seconds (2010, Car and Driver)
|5.1 seconds (EcoBoost guide, Car and Driver)
5.0 seconds (EcoBoost HPP guide, Car and Driver)
|Manual: 4.3 seconds (before losing horsepower, Car and Driver)
Auto: 3.8 seconds (before horsepower is lost, Car and Driver)
While some V8 models lose a bit of power, the 2022 Ford Mustang still offers a lot of performance for the money. While the top-of-the-range Shelby GT500 can cross the $100,000 threshold with enough options, the EcoBoost model starts at $27,205. And the V8-powered GT is only $10,070 more.
Or, you can take the money and buy a used Jaguar XK X150. The predecessor to the current F-Type, the XK is a radical change from its predecessor, the XK8. But, like the XK8, Jaguar offers a faster version, the XKR. And you can get a pre-facelifted XK or XKR (2007-2009) for less than the MSRP of the 2022 Mustang EcoBoost. Stretch the budget to Mustang GT levels, and you can get a 2010-2015 example.
One drawback of the Jaguar XK/XKR is the absence of a manual. But considering it’s technically a grand-touring (GT) car, that’s not really a drawback. And the other attributes of the British sports car more than make up for it.
Sharper than the Ford Mustang and more luxurious
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Like its contemporary rivals, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Jaguar XK and XKR lean more towards the GT side of the sports car world. So, nothing is as sharp or quiet as the Porsche 911. But compared to the Ford Mustang, the XK is one cool sports car. And while the XKR rivaled the Mustang GT in straight-line speed, in corners, the Briton had the upper hand.
Even in its track-focused Mach 1 guise, the Mustang feels a bit heavy, if stable and accurate. The Jaguar XK, however, feels “balanced and embedded,” with a steering wheel that incorporates great feedback without overwhelming weight, Car and Driver say. And whether you’re driving an XK or an XKR, it’s still agile, light and agile when the road starts to turn. Plus, the mocking but submissive ride is even more comfortable than the contemporary 911 manages, Car and Driver report.
Part of the reason why the X150 Jaguar XK feels sporty yet comfortable is what makes it so different from the XK8. It was one of the first modern Jaguars with an aluminum chassis and aluminum body panels. Hence why the 2007 XK is roughly 200 pounds lighter than the 2006 XK8, not to mention significantly stiffer. Also, newer versions come standard with electronically adjustable adaptive shocks, piston head notes.
Speaking of luxury surprises, some of the trims and packages of the 2022 Ford Mustang offer magnetorheological dampers, none of the ‘XK’s luxury handlebars. True, you can get GPS navigation on the Mustang, but what about the two-tone leather and wood/aluminum trim? Also, in 2007, the XKR offered a center touchscreen as well as optional adaptive cruise control. And even the basic post-facelift Jaguar XK comes standard with a heated leather steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system with a six-disc CD changer.
Plus, while the 2022 Ford Mustang isn’t a bad looking car by any means, it wasn’t written by Ian Callum.
Is a used 2007-2015 Jaguar XK reliable?
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Now, Jaguar vehicles don’t have the best reputation for reliability. moreover, Car and Driver reported some electronic glitches scattered across its various XK and XKR. And like its predecessors, this cheap sports car can develop costly problems, especially if its previous owner didn’t take care of it. Plus, despite being lightweight, the XK’s various aluminum parts aren’t cheap to repair.
However, if properly cared for, the X150 Jaguar XK and XKR are surprisingly “tough…secondhand”, PH report. First, the X150-gen V8 has redesigned the water pump and timing chain tensioner which doesn’t fail like the XK8 version. In addition, if the owner regularly changes the oil and follows the 10,000-mile engine service intervals, this V8 “should be trouble-free,” PH claim. And while the early XKR electronic differential had a few faults, Jaguar reportedly replaced it under warranty.
Admittedly, the XK/XKR can overheat if the thermostat fails or the radiator clogs leaves, but the previous issue isn’t Jaguar-specific. Also, PH says the XKR may start rattling if its variable valve timing hydraulic components fail. But then again, the Jaguar isn’t the only luxury car with age-related issues. By the way, the XK/XKR six-speed automatic is a common ZF unit, so major problems are rare. However, despite initial claims that it is maintenance-free, experts recommend changing the fluid every 60,000 miles as well as the filter.
As far as electronics go, electronically controlled dampers often wear out after 60,000 miles and need replacing. While fair, shocks are a substitute in every car — Jags only have the ‘luxury’ ones. Same thing with battery: PH recommend changing it every four years. Otherwise, low voltage can cause electronic problems and strange warning lights. And if you don’t ride your Jaguar XK/XKR often, put it in a trickle charger.
Also, the XK and XKR electronic handbrakes can fail as these sports cars age. For safety reasons, this is not a DIY repair, PH say, and it requires special diagnostic tools. It’s the same as repairing a clogged A/C drain tube—independent workshops can lower transmissions and trim tubes.
Should you buy a used Jaguar XK or XKR?
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Since a used Jaguar XK or XKR from 2007-2015 is still a used luxury car, owning one will not be as cheap as a new Ford Mustang. Not only will it be under warranty, but some parts will definitely cost more. However, if you want a luxury GT that can devour for miles or penetrate corners of the outback, it’s a great value. Get a pre-purchase inspection first.
If you’re unsure which one to buy, know that the XKR doesn’t just have more power. It also has larger front brakes and more standard features, including the aforementioned electronic differential. However, be careful with those superchargers, as they can break down over time. After all, more maintenance is the price of more performance.
In the end, as with any used car, buying a used XK has its pros, cons, and some risks. But that means, instead of a pony, you can get one cool cat.
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