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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.
  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Robert Davies Date: 14/01/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my X-Type for 4 years and done over 80,000 miles in it. Now it is due to be replaced by a C-Class Mercedes and I will be sad to see it go.

    So why change, you may ask? Simply because a new model hasn't been forthcoming, the facelift isn't enough sadly.

    But I am in two minds about my choice, the Jag is just that good.

    Over the 80,000 miles I have had only one unscheduled failure when the cenral locking decided the key was still in the ignition when it wasn't and wouldn't lock or unlock the doors. This was fixed under warranty. I cannot comment further on running costs as my lease covers servicing, hence the 3 stars.

    The ride is superb and handling excellent and it is very quiet when cruising. Overall I get 44mpg from the 2.0 Diesel and power is more than adequate, for real road driving it is better than the 2.5 petrol.

    I did try the 2.2 litre recently, which is marginally smoother but as a company car driver the extra costs outwiegh the benefit. Interior fit and trim is good with no pieces falling off or rattles and it looks far classier than a BMW 3 series as far as I'm concerned. New models are even better value too, with loads of kit.

    For those who say it is just a Mondeo in a different body, well an A3 is a Golf in drag and an A4 is a stretched A3, all manufacturers share platforms to cut costs.

    To round up, if Jaguar replace this in the next four years it will be on my shortlist for my next car. Please Jaguar!

  • 3.0 V6 Sport 4dr

    Mark Robson Date: 28/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased my 52 plate 3.0 Sport (Manual) 1 year ago with 27000 miles on the clock.

    I have so much mixed feelings about this car, on the plus side it looks good, handles well, has great performance, a wonderful V6 engine and has a luxurious cabin with all the bells and whistles, when it works it never fails to leave me with a warm buzz.

    However, I've had so much problems with the car that I have decided to cut my losses and trade it in for an Audi, loosing 50% of it's value in the process.

    I had to replace my clutch and flywheel at 29k miles at cost of £1500, the sat nav DVD unit then failed which cost a further £1600, my handbrake is constantly needing adjustment and I have been advised by my garage that my 4WD transfer box also needs replaced.

    Other small niggles include an uncomfortable driving position (I can't put the drivers seat back far enough to position my foot comfortably on the accelerator pedal), the lack of a clutch foot rest, rear doors that don't open far enough and a tight rear cabin, even for young children.

    I so wanted this car to have the reliability to live up to it's looks and performance, sadly this hasn't been the case and it must go

  • 2.5 V6 4dr

    Ben Roberts , South yorkshire . Date: 25/11/2007
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Likes: Glass-like paintwork and even arguably the most plasticky items on it such as the rear ashtray are a ridiculously precise fit. 4wd grip is near unshakeable & the quality is borne out even through such as the ventilation system which is exceptionally hushed. Front to rear balance is very good hence when pushing it theres almost tendancy to spin.

    Dislikes: If I wanted deathly silence I'd have bought a Lexus- the V6 isn't loud enough, Whilst undeniably classy and neat the look should be more contemporary & if a rival to the Merc C63/M3 isn't devised to freshen up it's image the X-type is probably doomed. Shame they didn't do a 3-door Coupe.

    Verdict: An excellent all round car & Built like the Jags of old. "Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove". True, it makes George Best seem a lightweight but the plus side is that unlike it's main (German) rival you don't find dozens of clones of it on run down estates (usually 10+ years old in Black or a Bluey-Battleship Grey). Would I replace it with anything else?....only the 3 Litre or something Built at Castle Bromwich.

    (Ben Roberts age 22)

  • 2.5 V6 SE 4dr

    Kevin Lee Date: 20/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my car shortly after the X-Type was launched in p/x for a Saab 900. Performance is quick, the ride supple but seats less comfortable than the Saab.

    Likes: Styling, appeal of the brand, engine is smooth and quick, gearbox good.

    Dislikes: Amount of cheap plastics and displays in the interior , flimsy feel to some of the switches, many items standard on Saab were costly options (eg split folding rear seats £300!). Poor quality paint finish. Running cost high (especially servicing at dealer).Attitude of Jaguar dealer.

    Problems: Faulty boot-lock, engine management system replaced twice in first 6 months. Rear suspension bushes also replaced under warranty. Third party wooden trim kit and chrome mesh sports grille fitted to improve looks.

    Would I have another ? Undecided.

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