So what makes the X Type special? Isn't it just a Ford Mondeo underneath? First, the part about Ford. The X Type shares around 18% of it's components with the Mondeo. That would be below the range of common components that Audi's or Lexuses or Acura's share with VW, Toyota and Honda respectively. In any case, I don't believe it should matter what the heritage is long as the end product is good. So if the x type any good?
I've owned a BMW 325i, then moved to an Acura TL and now drive an 07 Jaguar X Type. Of the 3 cars I have owned, this is the ONLY one I have ever felt I'd want to share my experiences of. Obviously the car has exceeded my expectations and here's why:
Styling. For me, the x type is probably the best styled jaguar. the size, the interior space really differentiate the car. I am guessing that for most people the styling would be a big reason to consider this car.
Interior. While the interior is good, I don't think it's great. There is a very nice combination of leather and wood, but it certainly does not have the level of electronics sophistication that you find in a BMW or Mercedes C or E Class. But overall, the interior looks and feels quite classy. In terms of interior material quality it is definitely a step above the Mercedes C Class or BMW 3 series. But I'd rate the Acrua TL a step above the X Type just in terms of the quality of materials and the interior ergonomics.
Drive. While initially I wasn't overly impressed with the performance (my TL had over 50 HPs more) it has grown on me to the extent that I consider it the most fun car to drive I have ever owned. The drive is smoother than the 3 series and at par with the TL but it handles much better than the Acura TL. The car also seems very rigid which tells me it is very well constructed.
Maintenance. So far in 3 years of ownership the x type has been by far the lowest cost car to own. The cost of repairs so far has been insignificant compared to my BMW and Acura and the Jaguar dealer is much more pleasant to deal with when I have gone in for regular maintenance.
Why should someone buy this car?
1. Exterior styling
2. Drive quality
3. Clean high quality interior style
Things that are not so great
1. Electronics/technology isn't up to mark with the best.
Options that my car has:
1. Alpine audio (this is the premium audio upgrade and is a must have)
2. ACM - this is the audio control module that allows you to connect and charge your ipod and play through your car stereo (must have)
3. 18 inch Aruba wheels (looks great!)
4. Lower mesh grill (looks nice!)
5. Technology options (blue tooth (never used!), 10 way driver and passenger adjustable seats, rain sensor wipers, reverse sensor)
6. Luxury options (moon roof, heated front seats, wood and leather steering wheel)
All in all simply an excellent car.
I was driving up to Preston the other day and as is my wont I started to analyse other peoples driving habits (naturally, because I'm such a brilliant driver!). There are many things I learnt, like when you're stuck in utter gridlock, statistically, you are better off staying in the left hand lane as most people will shift to outer lanes to get a head start, thus freeing up the left hand lane. 9 times out of 10, that worked for me.
Another fascinating driving habit I learnt was that no matter how important your journey is or how quick you've got to be there is, a BMW driver needs to get there quicker and they will hound you off the road to do it! Audi drivers are equally guilty of this bullying. Naturally, I now depise BMW cars and BMW drivers. But this got me thinking. If you were buying a new car and had BMW money to spend, why would you spend it on a BMW? They're brash, loud cars with almost no refinement or class about it. Most of the drivers behind the wheel seem to want to bully anyone off the road and they aren't even that reliable (in comparision to say, a Lexus). In fact, why would you buy a BMW, when you can have a Jaguar X-Type?
A friend of mine bought one recently and I had to test drive it. I'm so glad I did. The ride was smooth, the handling was beautiful and the interior was classy and neat.
After doing some research, I found out that the reason the handling was so good was because the Jaguar X-Type I drove had All Wheel Drive (AWD). Hence, the car gripped to the road, especially in corners. I really threw the car into the corners and bends and there was no fear of the car losing grip. Apparently, most Jaguars are fitted with AWD as standard. Whereas most BMW's are only rear wheel drive.
The ride was very refined, almost a little too refined, which brings me to my only gripe about the car. The car's ride quality was so good, I frequently ill due to motion sickness. This is the problem with a very absorbing suspension, it will absorb the bumps in the road so well, that you will be very susceptible to motion sickness. Apparently, Citroens have the same problem due to all their cars fitted with hydropneumatic suspension.
The interior is what particularly impressed me. Get inside any BMW and you will see more plastic than an episode of Baywatch. They are pretty depressing places to be and if I were buying a car and realised that was the interior I had to look at every morning, I would tell the salesperson, politely, to go <the rest of this sentence has been censored on legal grounds>. In the Jaguar, the interior is exactly what you'd expect from a Jaguar, refinement and class. It is a real pleasure to look at the interior.
In a Jaguar X-type, many options come as standard. Climate control, sat nav, AWD, all round electric windows (some Audi A4's only have front electric windows!) and much more. Now for some more good news. To buy a Jaguar X-Type normally costs about £25K RRP. However, if you go to a third party broker (i.e Autoebid.com) you can pick these cars up for about £21K. that's a £4K saving! You can pick up a Jaguar for VW Golf money! Think about the brand of car you are buying and what you are getting as standard, it's an astonishing deal!
Fuel economy is not too bad considering you are driving a 2.5 litre engine. Urban driving you can get up to 20 miles per gallon (mpg) and motorway driving you can get up to 40mpg. But if you are the kind of person (like me) who thinks fuel economy is important, then there is another option. You can buy the X-type with a diesel powertrain. The great thing about the diesel engine is that whilst you get the benefits of diesel mpg figures you don't get an engine which sounds a Massey Ferguson tractor! The diesel is surprisingly quiet and doesn't cost much more than a petrol version. But I should stress that while the diesel engine is rather quiet, the petrol engine is much quieter. This is where you will have to work out which is more important for you. Fuel economy or asthetics?
Now for some bad news, there is one colossal problem with the Jaguar X-type. The Jaguar X-type is built on a Ford Mondeo platform (chassis). So, effectively, the car you are a buying is a Ford Mondeo. Which is why the Jaguar X-type, never really took off as Jaguar intended. Which is understandable. The kind of customers who would buy a Jagaur would find that a huge turn off. Who wants to spend £25K on a glorfied Ford Mondeo*?! These are all valid points. In luxury cars, like these, snob factor is a major selling point. But when you take everything into account, this car is a sensation!
* = If you are one of those people who'd want to buy a Jaguar X-type but are put off by the "Ford Mondeo" problem, look at it this way. Humans share 96% of their DNA with monkeys, but it's that 4% which makes the whole difference. And to give you an idea of how definitive that 4% can be, listen to this fact. In that 4% we don't share with monkeys, lies the answer to curing AIDS.........
I have had the X-type since 2001,
It is a 3L Sport with all the toys:-
10 way seats, 17 inch wheels, sound system inc 6 way cd player, sat nav, fold mirrors, radar jammer & detector, skirts & spoilers.
Also it has been 'played with' by Arden to include their exhausts and engine mods.
I use the car for work (Sales throughout the UK and some Europe) and have now covered 90k+
Throughout it's life it has had 3 ABS faults, two of those faults were the ABS rings (£1200 to replace by Jaguar or £180 by my Jaguar specialist garage)
The other ABS fault was an abs sensor (£34)
So in total it has cost me £400 which isn't bad for 90k miles?
It still looks the business and can potter around town getting near 30mpg and when needed i can let the cat free (getting near 5.5 sec 0-60)
To conclude, the baby has cost me £35,000 new and £400 repairs over 4 years, she looks & sounds like she will continue to purr for many years to come.
I'm not saying i would never get rid of her but would definately stick with the Jaguar range. (Just about to place an order for a XJR)
I had booked a Renault Laguna 1.8 from the local Hertz branch for a trip from Brighton to Bradford and back. Half an hour after the car was due to be dropped off I received an apologetic call - the car has broken down en route to you so we are sending a replacement. All they had available (at no extra cost) was a new Jaguar X-Type 2.0SE Auto. Well I was certainly impressed when I saw it parked there. Nice alloy wheels, dark green metallic paint, cream leather - this car certainly fits the bill looks-wise and badge-wise if it's a compact exec' your after. However, as I was to find in the next 700 miles or so, the experience behind the wheel is its undoing... So sticking with the visuals and the ergonomics, Jaguar have made a reasonably good job of presenting a package that will appeal to the driver who thinks he's after a bit of exclusivity and refinement. The front does a good impression of a scaled-down XJ and the overall proportions and curves press all the right buttons. On the inside, the look and feel seems to hit the mark, but for a 7,000 mile car that was (presumably) valeted after every trip, it had not worn well. The leather on the drivers seat was 'baggy' and starting to discolour. The dash was marked and the interior generally looked like it had covered 57,000 miles! For the fastidious owner who wants a pristine motor, either steer clear of pale interiors or steer clear of the X-Type! Ergonomically it's a good set up, large clear displays, switchgear in all the right places, but then the feel of it was on a par with any run of the mill Ford. Not solid. Not soft-touch. Just regular plastic stalks and buttons... oh dear. The drivers seat was particularly firm, and while the 700 miles I covered didn't induce any backache, you very much feel as though you're perched ON the seat rather than IN it and being cosseted by it. Still, it was realatively easy to adjust the seat and steering to get a comfor
table setup. The rear seats looked fine, although I didn't take any passengers, and the boot looked very spacious. The driving experience is what really got me wondering.... who is this car aimed at? The two litre (or thereabouts) engine, mated to an auto box simply doesn't cut the mustard either for the keen or the relaxed motorist. Press on and you'll find the engine thrashy and breathless, unable to keep up with most other rep'mobiles. Opt for a more relaxed ride and you'll find the auto-box hunting around every time you come to a slight incline. The car is at it's happiest cruising at 70mph on a flat motorway, with little wind or road noise to bother you. However, getting to 70 is a strenuous affair, unless you're happy to ease off and bring up the rear. The onboard trip computer was a handy addition to this car, although it revealed a very disappinting 27mpg average for motorway driving. I would have hoped that with reasonably relaxed, 70mph cruising to be seeing nearer the 35mpg mark! One word sums this car up - disappointing. The badge implies a level of build quality, refinement and composure that simply isn't there. It's neither relaxed, nor sporty with this engine configuration, so it doesn't know who it's target audience is. If you simply must have the badge, then save up and go for the 2.5 or 3.0 which I assume will give back the performance (although probably even worse mpg). Failing that, why not try a Lexus or swallow your pride and try out a Merc or BMW.
Bought the car from new as an alternative to the BMW and Merc crowd. What a mistake. Rocking seats, crunching auto box and performance that sees it beaten by a 1.6 Astra. Yes, it's a relaxing car to drive on the motorway (as long as you don't mind low 20's mpg). If you like this car and are going for a 2.5 or under, don't get the auto. It changes gear at the wrong time, saps the engine power (which is already sapped by the 4x4) and so ends up screaming it's head off just to make normal progress. This in turn hits economy, and of course the refinement that you may expect of such a car. There are known issues with the auto program which was 'rectified' after it broke down the first time. The dealer said they knew nothing about the seat issues, then later when I complained again (because the passenger seat started rocking also) they admitted that there is a problem. Interior materials are tacky, as is the switchgear. Leather is nice. I really wanted to like this car, however for the money my friends BMW's and Merc's, or my previous VW for that matter have never put a foot wrong. Oh, and my friends 323i also returns 36MPG on a run. Mine was lucky to average 25. I drove the 2WD 2.1 Litre version which seemed like a much better car. Certainly it handled better. The 3.0 was OK too, but not a patch on the German equivalents performance-wise. To cap it all, when I finally had had enough of this car after two years, the depreciation was horrendous! The Jaguar dealer didn't want to know. They already had too many X Types that they couldn't sell, so didn't want mine.
I have owned my Jaguar X type for almost a year now and I have to say I am very satisfied with it. I opted for the 2 litre, V6, SE, manual, with dove leather. Having come from the lowly depths of a Renault Laguna this car was quite a step up for me, but hey I am getting older and I owe it to myself. What really sold me on the car was the interior. Having looked at all the other cars in this class such as the Audi A4, Volvo S60, BMW 320 and Mercedes (something or other), I found that the Jaguar really stood out from the crowd. The interior is much classier than the competition. For instance what many car manufacturers do when they are deciding what equipment to put on their top of the range model is often to add some wood on the dash board. In a Jaguar, ALL their cars come with a wooden dashboard and therefore it doesn?t just look as though some wood has just been thrown in as a matter of duty. They are designed like that from the very start and it shows. Most of the range (SE or option) come with leather seats. These are very nice however frequently I have kicked myself for not getting heated seats as part of the winter pack. They can take some time to heat up on winter days. I had Jaguar add on a wooden steering wheel as opposed to the standard leather one. I think this really adds to the car and friends often comment on how nice the steering wheel is. This comes in around £500 as an option. The engine makes a lovely noise when it is given some revs due to the V6. The 2 litre is usually front wheel drive and comes with traction control. The 2.5 litre is not significantly faster than the 2 litre due to the added weight of a four wheel drive system. I would recommend unless you live in a very snowy place then save yourself the money and go for the 2 litre or if you want to go that bit faster get the 3 litre. The car handles very well. It gives a lot of feed back through the steering wheel and peddles. Even in the snow the traction control works well. <
br>One of the treats of owning a Jaguar is the after sales service. I bought mine from MacRae and Dick Jaguar, Inverness who are great. For example when I went to pick up my car the sales man gave my wife a huge bunch of flowers that must have been worth at least £50 (put me to shame). The servicing is averagely priced from what I hear from friends that own other similar marques. All in all I love my car and coming in at around the £22 thousand mark you get a lot for your money. Go on ... You deserve one!!!!