Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The driver is treated to a cabin that's modern looking and comfortable enough for day-long driving. The dash layout is intuitive and much of the interior feels as though it's been crafted rather than manufactured. All the controls are easy to use and many of the buttons and switches have a bespoke feel to them - one highlight is that the XKR starts at the push of a big red button.

Multiple electric adjustments make light work of finding a comfortable driving position but visibility isn't very good, especially in the coupe, where it's restricted by chunky windscreen pillars and a small rear screen. The same is true of the convertible with the roof up.

This is an exceptionally refined car at speed - the engine noise is barely noticeable. That is until you put your foot down. There's a special 'active exhaust system' which channels the roar of the V8 into the cabin under hard acceleration. Both the coupe and convertible have plenty of head and legroom and the cabin is more than comfortable for non-stop stints lasting three hours or more.

With the roof down in the soft-top (and the windows up) all but the largest breezes are kept out and it's quiet enough to hold a conversation - even at higher speeds.