Jaguar XKR Coupe Review - Safety and Security Review


It’s not surprising that a car that can cover ground as rapidly as the XKR has a fair amount of safety equipment built into it. The front passengers get both front and side airbags, as well as seatbelt pretensioners coupled with a whiplash reduction system. There’s also ISOFIX mounting points for the rear seats, but I can’t imagine a child seat that would fit properly.

It’s not just people inside the car that the XKR is trying to protect either. It also has a pedestrian contact sensing system that will automatically deploy the bonnet (which opens forwards) and reduce the chance of a pedestrian hitting the engine and causing even more injury.

The XKR comes with keyless entry and start, so you don’t need to take the key out of your pocket – as long as the key is with you, you just pull the door handle and the car will automatically unlock, then you simply press the engine start button to get going. There’s a black button on the door handles that locks the car when you park it up. You can still use the keyfob to lock and unlock the car, but I can’t imagine why you’d want to.

Obviously there’s also an alarm built-in that will sense intrusion as well as tilting, in case some ingenious thieves try to lift the car onto a truck to steal it. There’s an engine immobiliser and a battery backup for the alarm. There’s no tracking device fitted as standard though, which I’d expect in a car of this value, but you can easily have one installed if you’re worried.

This is a very long car, so the front and rear parking sensors are a welcome standard feature. As well as audible warnings you get a graphical indication of how close you are to any obstacles on the central display. The reversing camera that was present on the XF was missing on the XKR though, and strangely isn’t available as an option either.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.