Jaguar X Type Saloon 2001 - 2007

Jaguar X Type Saloon 2001 - 2007

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Sophisticated image
  • Comfortable and refined
  • Cheaper than its rivals
  • Excellent handling and ride

Cons:

  • Wind noise at motorway speeds
  • Traditional looks aren't to everyone's taste
  • The boot and back seat are cramped

Overview

The Jaguar X-Type is as good to drive as any other Jaguar and for the first time Jaguar have created an estate model to accompany the saloon. Both of them are equally good with excellent handling and a comfortable ride. It comes loaded with equipment which comes at a high spec level which is as you would expect from Jaguar, but at a price that will surprise many.

Exterior and Interior

The X-type was based on the Ford Mondeo, but thankfully it was well refined by Jaguar, especially the interior. The exterior is still modeled in the old style of the XJ series which doesn't appeal to younger drivers that much, but older Jaguar lovers will be pleased with the XJ looks and the affordability of the X-type. The interior is stylish and well built with a wide range of trim levels with the higher ones giving you the typical leather and wood interior found in Jaguars of old. The front is spacious with plenty of room for the driver and passenger, but the back is a different story. The seats feel cramped and there isn't enough leg room with the sloping roof on the saloon restricting head room. The boot isn't very big either with the saloons boot being awkwardly shaped and it is difficult to get bulky items into it. The boot in the estate is a massive disappointment as well even though it has a large opening tailgate that makes loading more practical as it is only 3 litres bigger than the saloons boot at 445 litres. There is no shortage of equipment in the X-type even with the basic trim levels but if you do want more the best options is the SE which adds more luxury or the Sport trim which supplies you with bigger alloys and sharpens up the suspension giving you a sharper drive.

Performance and Economy

Although all the engines available are good the diesels are by far the best and have proven the most popular, especially with the estate. The 2.0-litre is perfect for the car with low down revs that help pull the car when fully loaded as well as being perfectly refined and giving excellent fuel economy managing 50mpg. The 2.2 diesel that was launched in 2005 produces 25 more horsepower than the 2.0-litre with 155bhp and feels livelier managing 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds; a second faster than the 2.0. It is only just behind on fuel economy as well coming in at 47mpg. The small 2.0-litre V6 petrol comes in tops for fuel efficiency in the petrol range at 30mpg however it feels underpowered and never really took off with most people opting for the more powerful engines. The 2.5 and 3.0-litre V6 engines were a lot more enjoyable to drive and weren't far behind the 2.0-litre when it came to fuel efficiency coming in at 29 and 27mpg respectively. Both the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines only came as front wheel drive, whereas the larger engines came with full four wheel drive. The 2.0 diesel performs well despite this only slipping up in the worst of weathers, so unless you definitely need a four wheel drive don't write it off. The gearboxes all perform exceptionally well as you would expect from Jaguar with the automatic being smooth and making driving around town a breeze. Insurance wise they're not too costly with the smaller 2.0-litre engines falling into group 13 or 14 and the larger 3.0-litre in to group 16.

Like to Drive

The estate and saloon drive as well as each despite the estate being larger and one would assume more unwieldy. The X-Type offers the kind of ride people have come to expect from Jaguar with the comfort being extremely good and the handling sure footed and agile. There is minimum body roll in the corners with the car having loads of grip and responsive steering. Even at motorway speeds the ride is smooth, comfortable and fun with its clean handling. The sports tuned suspension in the sports model does not lose any of its comfort by its sharpening up of everything. The engines are very refined, quiet and smooth with wind and road noise being suppressed, although at motorway speeds the wind noise is noticeable.

Faults and Repairs

The X-type has performed well in reliability surveys compared to previous Jaguars coming in at the top of the list for reliability (probably because it shared parts from the Ford Mondeo). There have been some problems mainly with the suspension and transmission and when things do go wrong they can costs a small fortune to put right.


Overall Rating:
Review by Mark H
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Excellent all-round car, superb price for level of quality!"

Exterior and Interior

My Jaguar x-type was a little different from the norm so it is worth bearing in mind that many of the looks and features I may mention will not be on a normal Jaguar X-Type. My car has been fitted with the Arden (Racing Green) kit. That means 18' alloys, quad stainless steal full exhaust system and a classy body kit (I am not talking about boy racer styling here!) that made the car look like a racing executive. The car simply looks stunning in its black colour with the stainless steel trims adding to this. The only thing the outside missed was the little spoiler that you find on the Sport model. Inside you got all of the refinement that you could need. The SE comes with electric full leather seats, and pretty much every feature you could think of including cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, electric mirrors/windows, heated front window, automatic dimming rear view mirror... the list goes on and on! The cream leather looks great isn’t that hard wearing so you will need to check this carefully, especially on the steering wheel and the side supports on the seat. The only problem with the interior was the amount of space as it’s a small executive car. Mine also has the touch screen sat nav which is good, but being 10 years old now needs updating and the quote from Jaguar was something like £400… not worth it! The touch screen consol controls everything, stereo, heating and all settings, it is a really cool feature, but then it should be for the £2000 extra it costs!

Performance and Economy

The performance is outstanding. With the manual gearbox you would hit 0-60mph in little over 6 seconds, the performance was aided by the exhaust system though and the usual performance would be slightly slower than this. The car was a great cruiser on the motorway, the only drawback being that you really had to rev it hard at higher speeds to pick up momentum. It also felt a little limited with the 5 speed box, it would have been nice to have a sixth gear. As you can imagine from a 3.0 V6 the economy was not great. Driving carefully on a combined journey of town and dual carriage ways you could manage 30MPG. On the commute to work you would be lucky to get over 23MPG though. On a motorway run the best I ever managed is 32MPG, so if you are looking for a cheap car to run you will want to avoid this model!

Like to Drive

Driving this car is a pleasure. As it is based on the Ford Mondeo (also a very good car!) it handles brilliantly! For the speed the car can hit it really does keep you glued to the road. Mine was running on the big 18” wheels and was lowered which may have helped, but I think it is the four wheel drive that really keeps the car glued to the road, it really is brilliant to drive. Mine was a little hard over bumps due to the lowered suspension, but in the standard version you will not suffer from this. This is one of the only cars that I have owned that I have generally been excited to drive and that excitement doesn’t wear off either! <

Faults and Repairs

I've had no issues with the car other than quick tyre wear, but this may have been more down to the low profile Pirelli tyres, the four wheel drive system it was running… and my driving style. When you do need to make the usual repairs like brakes, you can use the many of the Mondeo parts so this is really cheap in comparison to most executive cars.
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