What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The X-type's ride and handling are excellent, and it's cheaper than its rivals

Against It's less exciting to drive than a 3 Series, and rear accommodation and boot space are cramped

Verdict Low prices and a good drive make it a real alternative to a BMW 3 Series

Go for… 2.0D Sport

Avoid… 3.0 V6

Jaguar X-type Saloon
  • 1. The most common problems are with the suspension and transmission on early cars
  • 2. Owners report electrical problems, including some issues with the keys
  • 3. Rattling steering is a known problem, and can be expensive to fix
  • 4. There's plenty of space in the front, with good adjustment on the driver's seat and steering wheel
  • 5. The boot is shallow and awkwardly shaped
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