Used Jaguar X-Type 2001 - 2010 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Alternatives

Jaguar X-Type (01 - 10)
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  • Jaguar X-Type (01 - 10)
  • Jaguar X-Type (01 - 10)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Jaguar X-Type saloon?

The BMW 3 Series is the most obvious rival, and was the car the X-Type was aimed directly at when it was launched. The E46 3 Series model was replaced in 2005 by the more modern E90, but both are exceptionally good to drive with very frugal diesel engine options.

The Audi A4 went through a change of model during the X-Type’s time in production, too, but both are essentially the same, with decent space, high quality interiors and a choice of very good TDI diesel engines.

Overview

It might have been a financial disaster for Jaguar, and early models were not sufficiently well made, but the X-Type is good to drive and has reasonable running costs.

  • Composed handling
  • Precise steering
  • Four-wheel-drive option
  • The most affordable Jaguar to buy
  • Early cars had poor build quality
  • Old-fashioned styling
  • It’s a Ford Mondeo underneath