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4 out of 5 stars

For It looks good, it's fine to drive and spacious, too

Against The driving position isn't great and there's too much wind noise at motorway speeds

Verdict It drives just as well as the saloon version, but gives more practicality

Go for… 2.0D Sport

Avoid… 3.0 V6

Jaguar X-type Estate
  • 1. The boot is big and well shaped, and there's plenty of room for passengers, too
  • 2. Our advice is to buy a post-2003 model, as reports say they're much more reliable
  • 3. Many early cars suffered from clutch failure and transmission whine
  • 4. Door seals can leak, so keep an eye open for water marks or any dampness inside
  • 5. If the steering rattles, it may cost quite a bit to fix
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Jaguar X-type Estate full review with expert trade views

Estate cars derived from compact executive cars aren't always the most practical, but the Jag is certainly one of the better ones. The boot is big and well-shaped, and there's plenty of room for passengers, too.

The cabin feels quite classy, everything feels well made, and all versions get leather. However, some buyers still might expect more from a Jaguar.

Best of all, the estate drives every bit as well as the saloon. The ride is comfortable, even at motorway speeds, and the tidy handling means there's plenty of fun to be had. The Sport model comes with a sports-tuned suspension, and this sharpens everything up even more without sacrificing much in the way of comfort. It's definitely worth having.

An X-type makes a decent cruiser, too. All of the engines are smooth and quiet, and road noise is well suppressed, although there is a bit too much wind noise at motorway speeds.

Trade view

Kurtis Williams

Bargain prestige car. Larger engines are 4WD. Build quality and drive are excellent

Kurtis Williams
Buyer,
Lex Vehicle Leasing

We like the 2.0-litre diesel version best, as it gives strong performance and better fuel economy than any other engine in the range. It really suits the car, very refined and flexible. The 2.2 diesel is quicker, but fuel costs aren't as low, and it's noisier, so we'd give it a miss.

The petrol engines are, predictably, much thirstier than the diesels, and neither suits the car as well as the diesels. But, if you simply must have a petrol engine, go for the 2.5 V6. It's quick enough, and costs less to buy and run than the 3.0 V6.

Sport trim is our favourite. It costs more than the basic S trim, and equipment levels are much the same - with climate control, electric seat adjustment and part-leather upholstery - but you get that tuned sports suspension, and that's enough to swing it for us. The SE gives you more luxury kit, but costs so much more that it's not worth considering.

Trade view

John Owen

Worth no more than £1000 over equivalent saloon. Load space sadly restricted

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

The X-type is quite a bit cheaper to buy than the equivalent BMW, Mercedes or Audi. This isn't really surprising, because it was cheaper when the cars were new, and the Jaguar never held its value as well.

Depending on which one you go for, it'll also prove cheaper at the pumps. The average fuel consumption of 48.7mpg on our favourite 2.0-litre diesel is a touch leaner than the equivalent Mercedes or BMW of the same age. The other engines in the X-type range are among the best in the class for fuel consumption, too.

In terms of insurance, it's level-pegging between the Jag and its competitors, but where you will pay for the Jag, is in servicing costs. Surprisingly, the Jag is pricier to maintain than its more expensive German rivals, and by quite a bit.

Trade view

Kurtis Williams

Bargain prestige car. Larger engines are 4WD. Build quality and drive are excellent

Kurtis Williams
Buyer,
Lex Vehicle Leasing

Most X-type owners seem fairly happy with their cars, according to JD Power Customer Satisfaction Surveys, achieving mid-table respectability. It could be argued that you might expect more from a premium brand, though.

Jaguar's performance wasn't quite as encouraging in our latest Reliability Survey, though, finishing a disappointing 23rd out of 30 car makers.

If you're going to buy an X-type estate, buy a post-2003 example. The surveys indicate that the car's reliability improves after this date.

Many early cars suffered from clutch failure and transmission whine, rattling steering, various electrical faults and leaking door seals. Keep an eye out for signs of these problems, because Jaguars can often prove quite expensive to fix.

Trade view

John Owen

Worth no more than £1000 over equivalent saloon. Load space sadly restricted

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford
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