Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 vs Jaguar XKR-S
Sometimes, a car is too lairy and scary. Sometimes, it's too comfy and boring. But sometimes, it's just right...
Posted: 15 Jun 2012
More radical moves have been made inside, noticeable as soon as you open a door. So you drop down for a closer look, and, the second bum hits leather, you forget, just for a moment, to take it all in. The sound you just made is an involuntary ‘ooh', and it was caused by perfection. Because the 911 just fits. Seat, wheel, gearlever, pedals, A-pillars, even rooflining - all are perfectly positioned and aligned. Neither the Jag nor Nissan are bad, but both require fiddling and wriggling to get comfortable.
And it's not like the 911's ergonomics are ideal. After a few days, I was bugged by the inaccessible heating controls, the lack of a handy phone storage slot, and the sunroof buttons where the electric handbrake should be that meant I kept opening the top when parking. But, from the Jag's slow-reacting touchscreen to the Nissan's wilful complexity, I had at least as many niggles in the others, and neither was as nice a place to spend time.
The truth of it is that the new 911 is a very, very easy car to get on with. This matters. You think it wouldn't in an £80,000 sports car, but it just does. Because their owners are just like you and me in one respect - spending 90 per cent of their time trying to get places, fuss-free.