Which used Jaguar X-Type saloon should I buy?
Compared with the sprawling model ranges of the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4, the X-Type’s line-up is quite limited. You could choose from 2.5 or 3.0-litre V6 petrol, or a 2.1-litre V6 diesel that was essentially created as a company car ‘tax-break’ model. Diesel engines, introduced in 2003, were Ford TDCi units in either 128bhp 2.0-litre or 152bhp 2.2-litre forms.
Early cars were V6-engined and four-wheel drive only, too. Front-wheel drive was only introduced on the 2.1-litre V6 version, but was more or less standard on diesel models.
All models came with anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, front fog lights and traction control, but you had to trade-up or raid the options list to get such desirable items as leather, climate control and stability control. For those who felt the polished wood dashboard was too old fashioned, later models came with the option of either carbon fibre or aluminium finishes.
Overall, the best one to buy is a post-2008 facelift 2.2-litre diesel in Sport Collection trim.
Our favourite used Jaguar X-Type: 2.2d Sport