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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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133 reader reviews for Jaguar X-type Saloon.
  • 2.0 V6 Sport 4dr

    James Anderson , East Lothian . Date: 16/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    I bought this car 6 months ago (2year old) and feel that this was a big mistake. Inside the cabin this car has every extra, and is very comfortable to drive if you are old. The mpg driving sensibly is around 29 and the lag when trying to overtake is terrible and has left me is some tricky situations, so now I just have to sit and wait until I get a long stretch of road before overtaking.

    With the auto gearbox the rev counter seeems to run high (nearing red) when accelerating and I have had this checked on 2 occassions and been advised there is no problem.

    Sat Nav plays up also and takes a little while to input your destination. The only plus point I would say is that this car looks good.

    I would get rid of this car tomorrow if I could, however |I will have to wait another year to make it worth while financially

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Hefin Jones , Debighshire . Date: 16/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    I bought a 2.0D SE from a main dealer and have found nothing but trouble with this car - my advice to anyone would be to AVOID X-TYPES AT ALL COSTS!

    Although the interior looks reasonable, the build quality is appalling, there are an infuriating number of rattles and it very noisy from both the tractor like engine and the road noise. The temperature settings on the climate control are interesting to say the least! If you enjoy a good quality stereo then I’m afraid you will be very disappointed with the poor quality audio in the X-type.

    Don’t be fooled by the fuel economy claims, if you live in the Netherlands and only drive on motorways at 60 you may get the claimed combined 50 mpg, however you should expect 38-42 mpg in the UK.

    Reliability is a major concern, in the 14 months that I have owned this car I have been recovered 4 times, the list of repairs needed is quite staggering – I have listed only the major repairs, the entire list would exceed the word limit:

    1 x clutch; 2 x starter motors – a known design fault with the clutch results in the starter motor collecting dust from the clutch – resulting in the starter motor warranty being void; 1 x power steering assembly; 1 x engine ECU

    The car is currently in for repair yet again and as soon as I have it back I will be replacing it with a reliable German machine.

  • 3.0 V6 SE 4dr

    John Pattison , Essex . Date: 20/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22

    My car

    I have a 3.0l SE auto that has 70,000+ on the clock. First Reg' Sept' '01, I have found it to be a good machine. The 4 wheel drive is first class, providing excellent road holding and traction. The engine delivers silky smooth power, and the gearbox transmits that power without a glitch.

    The only thing that has failed is the instrument panel, and that was replaced under warranty. Everything else is original equipment and I have had to spend little on it.

    The mpg is not good (although I didn't expect frugality) giving circa 34mpg on motorway drives, but only 17/18 in completely urban driving.

    I also tow a caravan weighing 1,400 kgs, and have made a number of Continental holiday trips of 2,500+ miles getting circa 22mpg for the total journey. As a towcar it is excellent - lots of power in reserve, perfectly stable, with excellent braking characteristics.

    Servicing costs, etc., are no more than the likes of BMW and Mercedes (having owned both marques), with an annual service well below £500.00. Tyre wear is good for a 4WD, getting more than 30,000 miles out of a set.

    Yes, the cabin design is sedate, but everything is there, and the front heated screen clears misting in seconds - unlike some. My only hates about it are the digital clock and the difficulty in replacing a headlight bulb. The build quality is very good - no bits falling off.

  • 2.0D SE Euro IV 4dr

    Malcolm Senior , Staffordshire . Date: 15/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have been driving this car for several weeks. The car looks stunning in black. However the drivers electric seat has broken (51k) The engine sounds like a tractor - yes it is a diesel but it sounds terrible. However it pulls like a train. Car would definately benefit from having a 6th gear. The interior feels old and definately suffers from build quality. Bluetooth is eratic. Rear seats do not fold down. On the positive side they are well specified and I love the heated seats. Sat Nav works ok but is basic - no points of interest or safety cameras. Conclusion: design is tired and needs updating. There are some excellent alternatives out there. Would I have another? Answer definately no unless it was an XJ. This car tries but fails. Still it looks nice! Claimed mpg of 50 is high on impossible - low 40s realistic

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