Because of my knowledge of imports and our dealership's desire to keep this car in a garage overnight, they've let me buzz around in it for a week or two. Also, since I sold more cars in February than all of my coworkers combined, they are kind of rewarding me with getting to use this as a temporary demo.
It's a base model with a 4 cylinder turbo.
Despite 11 years separating them, it reminds me of a sharper edged, more modern version of my old DB9. At least when you're just sitting there looking at it.
Driving it is a different story. Make no mistake, this little 4 cylinder is not a refined engine. At cold idle, it vibrates the car hard when you put it in gear and are sitting stopped. It's not quiet and it isn't smooth. However, it's a very willing dance partner. It growls when you dig into it, and the transmission always makes sure you're in the right gear, even if its at the expense of jostling you and your passenger.
The car feels very light, tight and quick. It makes great power and doesn't lag at all. At times it even feels torquey. The handling is a bit harsh on our crappy roads, but it never feels overly brittle or like its too much.
The controls are another story. You really have to dig into menus to get to playing Bluetooth music from your phone, and you need a propietary app that won't play from Pandora or Spotify. Come on Jaguar. That's just ridiculous. The volume knob is to the right of the shifter, nowhere near the actual infotainment unit.
The seats....they're okay, I guess. They do hold you in place, but they're just not that comfortable. I am at the height and weight limit for this car at 6'4", 250 lbs, but it doable. I don't know that I'd want to road trip this car, but the hatch does have adequate space.
Overall, I find this to be a true sports car, with few compromises toward grand touring. It sparks confidence with its handling and the engine and transmission work well together to make this a competent second car that runs as good as it looks.
Also, it looks nice in my garage.