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What it’s like owning a V8 Jaguar XKR

TopAuto reader Vanessa owns a 4.2-litre supercharged V8 Jaguar XKR, which produces 313kW and 560Nm.

This power is delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission that allows the Jaguar to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.

Vanessa tells us what it’s like to own the sports car, below.

Which model do you own?

I own a 2007 Jaguar XKR with about 50,000km on the clock.

When did you get the car?

I bought the car second-hand from a private collector in 2016, when it had done only 12,000km.

What are your three favourite things about the car?

The power is incredible – you just need to tap the throttle and the car takes off.

It is a very comfortable place to be as the seats are soft, yet supportive, and the cabin is filled with premium materials.

The boot space is surprisingly large and can easily store two large suitcases.

Which three things do you like least about the car?

The car is almost 5-metres long, which makes parking and daily driving a bit difficult.

The Jaguar uses a lot of fuel, too, as consumption is around 12-litres per 100km and if you drive with a heavy foot this can quickly increase.

Although there are four seats, the back two are very squashed and they can only be used for short trips or for children.

What is it like to drive your car?

It is an ultra-comfortable ride and is fun to drive, but potholes are a big worry due to the low profile tyres.

What is the hardest journey you have done with your car?

We bought the car in the Cape and decided to drive it up [to Gauteng] ourselves – huge mistake.

The journey started off well, but things took a turn for the worse in the Karoo as a heavy downpour ensued, followed by snow.

This slowed down the journey and caused a lot of traffic.

Things got worse when, just after going through a toll booth, we hit black ice and spun off the road.

Luckily no one was hurt and the car was still able to drive.

The 13-hour trip turned into an 18-hour journey, but we finally arrived home.

Would you recommend your car to friends and family?

I definitely would. At their second-hand prices, they are hard to beat.


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