Convertible Faults

When the top is down, the 650i is truly magnificent. Very little wind intrudes on front passengers, and the car feels rigid Ч very rigid. Like a tank.

The cruising experience is terrific right until you have to put the top up. My wife and I took a short road trip to Milwaukee from Chicago, leaving the kids behind. Sounds like it should be an idyllic time, but the drive itself Ч over various concrete and asphalt highways Ч was loud. Noise from the shoddy surfaces was extreme, and the canvas top let in more noise from passing semi trucks than I thought it should. Jaguar's canvas-topped XK is an improvement over the 650i in this regard, as well.

Lowering or raising the powered top is as easy as pressing a button, and it can be initiated while moving at low speeds. I also appreciated the accompanying clear, audible alert, along with a visual cue on the gauge cluster, to indicate when the process was complete.

The convertible top's long "tails" make for interesting styling when in place, but they also create a huge blind spot. There is little visibility for backing out of parking spaces, which is why it's a good thing the 650i comes equipped with a variety of parking sensors. On the open road, I found the mirrors adequate enough for merging. The large glass rear window also helped with visibility while driving.

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    Pinch protection
    If the closing force exceeds a specific value as a window closes, the closing action is interrupted. The window reopens slightly. Danger of pinching even with pinch protection Even with the pinc ...

    Switching off automatically
    The system switches off and the LED goes out: ▷ After approx. 160 ft/50 m when driving forward. ▷ Above approx. 22 mph/36 km/h when driving forward. Switch on the system again if nece ...

    Active seat ventilation
    Switching on Press the button once for each ventilation level. The highest level is active when three LEDs are lit. Switching off Press the button longer. The LEDs go out. ...