The X-type is good to drive, well equipped and keenly priced. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is refined, and massive discounts are available
Rivals have better refinement and stronger residuals. The driving position is high-set, headroom is tight and the interior feels dated
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The X-type saloon is available with 2.0- or 2.2-litre diesel engines. The smaller version has 129bhp to the 2.2's 153bhp and also falls 23lb ft short for pulling muscle, but it doesn't feel much slower. The 2.0 is available only with a five-speed manual gearbox and prefers to be coaxed rather than worked hard, but it produces plenty of punch. The 2.2 diesel can be specified with an automatic gearbox.
Ride & Handling
The X-type is getting on a bit, but its chassis is growing old gracefully. It provides a comfortable ride over most surfaces, although greater body control would be welcome. The steering is usefully light around town and there's enough feedback to give confidence on twisty roads, but it feels disconcertingly vague at motorway speeds.
When the X-type was launched, it raised the bar for refinement, yet now it's merely an also-ran. The engines are noisier than those in German rivals, and wind and road noise are also more noticeable. The extremely tight gearbox requires a precise action if you're to swap gears smoothly.