CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Jaguar XK Convertible.
Wayne CunninghamManaging Editor / Roadshow
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Some cars lose their unique styling when turned into convertibles. Witness the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Mini Cooper Convertible. But the Jaguar XK, fantastically sleek as a coupe, still retains its style with a soft top. Looks aside, the growl of its 5-liter V-8 is certainly an attention-getter. With its fast-shifting transmission and dynamic settings, we were very happy in the driver's seat of this sports car.
We also loved the sound of the Bowers and Wilkins stereo, which brought out fine, warm detail in the music we fed it. But the navigation system is very weak for a car in this class. The cabin tech interface also suffers from needless spectacle and generally poor information design.