2011 Jaguar XK


2011 Jaguar XK Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Jaguar XK was new.


Interior: 6.6

We’ll start with the good: The 2011 XK has a high quality cabin and generous interior features list. No reviewer will refute those points. Then, there’s the bad – cramped seating and a confusing infotainment system – two quirks the industry refuses to ignore.  

  • "I gladly reacquainted myself with the XK's great handling, lovely transmission, and fine steering. Unfortunately, it's still hindered by a slow infotainment system and random error messages." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior on our test car, which was beyond reproach and filled with wood and leather so sumptuous you want to lick them, didn’t cost an extra nickel." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin of the XK convertible competes with the exterior design for elegance, its handsome coachwork using metal switchgear, leather coverings, and wood trim. There is not much plastic to be found in the XK convertible." -- CNET


The 2011 Jaguar SK isn’t known for its comfortable interior. In fact, other than its confusing tech system, test drivers probably have the most to say about the XK’s interior comfort. Let’s start with the obvious: the Jaguar XK’s tiny, cramped and almost non-existent rear seat. Two people can sit in the rear seats, but you’re sure to hear a lot of complaints. Have small children that might like the rear row? They’re likely to gripe about the amount of space that’s in the back, too, and you’ll hear more complaints when the convertible top is down.

Cramped seating doesn’t stop with the rear row; automotive journalists report that while most adults won’t have a problem fitting into this coupe, some might find the front quarters a bit tight. Even if you’re comfortable behind the wheel, you might have some problems with rear and side visibility if you choose the convertible. And, reviewers point out, there’s no blind spot monitoring system or rear view camera to compensate for poor visibility.

If you’re after a model with more comfortable rear seats, you’re out of luck. Coupes in this class all have tight rear rows, so there’s no escaping that trend. However, several models have comfortable front seats that can even accommodate taller passengers. One is the Mercedes-Benz SL. That said, don’t cross the Jaguar XK off your list because the industry says seating accommodations are less than desirable. Head to the dealership to check out the XK for yourself.

  • "Since our 4S car departed, though, I've become a father, and this XK turns out to be the worst car I've driven for cramming a baby seat into those two-plus-two rear seats. Not only can the front passenger seat not be slid back very far with the kid seat back there-as is the case in so many other four-seat coupes-the seatback can't even be flipped back into the upright position. Needless to say, I won't be doing any kid shuttling in an XK anytime soon." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The one demerit the cars share is the size of the interior. Although sumptuous, the space is a bit confining. Then again, that’s the British tradition’ didn’t the colonials bail because they found the Old Country too stifling? The XK wouldn’t have to be so snug if it weren’t for that vestigial rear seat, though." -- Car and Driver
  • "The XK's interior isn't the roomiest in its class, though its front-seat legroom is far better than average and its dimensions are more than workable for adults. The backseat exists only in name; there's no legroom unless the front occupants slide forward, and the seat cushions have oddly shaped contours." -- Cars.com
  • "The XK convertible's two doors opened easily for both my kiddos and me. My girls easily maneuvered into the backseat by lifting a lever on the front passenger seat that folded it forward and out of the way, making room for their little legs to climb in." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

One thing reviewers love about the XK is the number of standard interior features it has: leather heated and cooled seats, a heated leather steering wheel, humidity control, an auxiliary input jack, a message center and trip computer, keyless entry and push button start. Standard entertainment features include a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system, a six-disc CD changer, an auxiliary power outlet, Windows Media Audio with MP3 disc compatibility, navigation, a seven-inch touch screen and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

While this features list is quite impressive – reviewers say it should be with a $83,000 base price – and test drivers love the Bowers Wilkins sound system, the 2011 Jaguar XK’s interior does have a number of imperfections. Test drivers say the touch screen that controls the climate, audio and navigation systems is confusing. However, this is a common complaint – Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s systems operate differently, but have undergone similar scrutiny – so it’s a good idea to test Jaguar’s system to see if you can live with it.

  • "I was surprised to discover that even though this car features Bluetooth connectivity as well as an iPhone jack, it does not feature voice dialing. (Unless I missed something, but I even read the manual and didn't see any instructions for such a function). That makes placing calls a pain, and the lack of functionality is out of place on a luxury car that costs this much money." -- AutoWeek
  • "Jaguar attempts to make the cabin tech interface as lovely as everything else, but ends up with a menu system that looks like 1990s Web design. This interface, built on Adobe Flash, slides menu buttons in from the left side of the screen, slick animation that ultimately proves more spectacle than practical." -- CNET
  • "However, the thing that continues to boggle my mind about the XK convertible is the touch-screen controls for the heat as well as the audio and navigation systems in the XK convertible. The menus aren't well-organized. For instance, to turn off the heat, I had to first enter the climate portion of the screen and then hunt for the power button rather than just turning the air flow down to Off. Every press of the screen took a second or two longer to load than it should, which increased my annoyance level." -- Mother Proof


Needless to say, the 2011 Jaguar XK doesn’t have a lot of cargo space. On the convertible, there’s 11.1 cubic feet of truck space with the roof up and 7.1 cubic feet with the convertible top down. The coupe has a little more space: 11.7 cubic feet. Interior cargo space is also limited. There’s a small center console, door pockets and two cupholders, which means you won’t fit more than a magazine or two, a few cups and your smartphone or iPod up front.

If you want more space, there’s always the back seat – reviewers say it’s best used in conjunction with the trunk.

  • "I'd say there's really only room to hold bags from Stanley Korshack." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Putting the top down increases visibility around the car, but the convertible XK suffers from compromised trunk space, not something we usually see with a soft top." -- CNET
  • "Up front, two cupholders, shallow in-door pockets and a small center console (with integrated iPod connector) forced me to streamline the amount of stuff I bring into a car, which was a big bonus in my book." -- Mother Proof

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