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Jaguar X-Type



  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Chuckling as I look over the current issue of Motor Trend. Big comparison test of "Affordable Luxury Sedans". Their X-type 3.0 automatic ends up with a $43,695 window sticker, though the article and and ad in the issue tout the "under $30,000" base price. The most expensive car in the test. Will be interesting to see if Jag builds even a single X-type 2.5 manual with absolutely no options and with that mythical sub-$30,000 sticker. Only X-type I've seen on an actual dealer's lot also had a $43,500 sticker. November issue of Consumer Reports tests Jag S-type 3.0. Started from a $43,655 base and ended up with a with-options price of $47,450. Interesting how close the X-type price can be to the supposedly much more expensive S-type.
  • That was decked out with the performance package and some luxury package. MT totally misrepresented the X-type and that's a shame. It's a superior car to all those mentioned in that article.

    And no, I don't own one. Just appreciate it. I'm more of a BMW kinda person. :)
  • djnmandjnman Posts: 4
    "Carnaught" in your posting you stated that you had chromes installed. What is that in reference too?? I too purchased a 3.0 in adriatic blue/sand interior. The car is really sharp and is a sweet ride. I love the xenon lights as they are really bright. I do think the stereo is lacking in performance.
  • jonty12jonty12 Posts: 101
    if you check the new inventories at many dealers listed through the website, you'll see many x-types for $30,595 (base msrp including destination charge). they even have the vin listed so you know it's a real car!
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Motor Trend misrepresenting?

    Surely you jest! ;)

  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    Dove gray leather with the Adriatic blue. Do you have the premium sound system because I think it sounds quite good? I chose not to get the xenons, as I don't do any country driving, for the most part, and $600 for this was too steep, IMO. I chose to spend extra $ on an appearnce item, chrome wheels ("chromes").
  • jonty12jonty12 Posts: 101
    just found out that you cannot get the in-dash cd with premium sound. it's an either/or situation. they seem to do their best to frustrate customers.
  • The following web site has a complete scanned-in (UK) brochure for the X-type, as well as a magazine (which? not sure) preview and review of the car. Preview gives some good info on the chassis and Traction 4 system. Brochure has nice piccies...


  • Does anyone have a link to an oil filter cross reference list for this engine.
  • rayh3rayh3 Posts: 38
    Our Jaguar store opened about 2 weeks ago. The base model X-Types were the 1st to go. We were allocated 1 5-speed and 3 autos initially. None of them lasted a week. The popular car seems to be the 2.5 auto with x1 premium, prem sound, (36k or so). My personal favorite is the British Racing Green with Ivory interior. Unfortunately I'm down to 5 X-types for the weekend....urrrrgghh. It does look like the in dash cd will be here shortly, but not with the premium sound package.
  • rayh3rayh3 Posts: 38
    Sargoniv...your maintenance is included for the 1st 4 years....don't have to worry about the filter for a while.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    compared to the trunk mounted CD stacker IMO, is NOT as good. I've had cars with both trunk and dash mounted and prefer the trunk as the cd's are not changed while you're driving, and for-that- matter, are not changed in the car, but rather in the house. The trunk cartridge loads just as easily and is quiet. The dash mounted units are usually very noisey when "flipping" through and switching cd's for listening.
  • Yes, I know about the service, but I want to switch to Synthetic now that I have enough miles on it. Dealer has agreed to use my oil for the scheduled 10,000 mile service points.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Stopped by local Jag dealer again. Last time he had 1 X-type ($42,500). This time he had 4 X-types. The BRG from the first time plus 3 others. All were loaded 3.0s. Two at $42,500 and the other two at $43,400. Dealer still has no brochures. I wonder if this dealer will ever have an X-type for less than $36,000.

    Both wife and I were disappointed in the interior appointments. Already one of the ashtray drawers wasn't functioning. The armrest/console seemed straight out of a Taurus. The sunroof materials seemed flimsy. Way too much cheap plastic. Shifter was wobbly in the slot. We both agreed someone would be foolish to pay nearly $43,000 for a car that seemed like its interior was in the upper $20,000 range. The dealer also had about a dozen S-types. The interiors were much nicer. The prices of the 3.0 S-types were in the $46,000-48,000 range. While the trunk of the X-type is much bigger, the rear is cramped and the S-type just looked and felt more like a Jag. (Was surprised to see in the brochure the S-type 3.0 and 4.0 both ride on H-rated tires and are speed limited to 130 mph.)

    We also looked at Lexus IS300 and ES300. The $36,000 ES300's interior puts the X-type to shame. Talk about gorgeous look and feel. Think it is as nice as the Audi A6. IS300 too boy racer with a very utilitarian and rather pedestrian interior.
  • The ES3000 can't do something the 2.5 Jag can do: perform. The ES300, while a supple car, is a Camry with nice leather. Push a Jag with a 5 speed and performance package and you're in BMW eating territory. BTW, my test drive Jag was 35k 2.5 with the luxury and performance packages. Nice, nice car. Save for one major problem with its usability, I'd love one.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Also looked at ES300s over weekend and grabbed a brochure. Thought it interesting that the ES300 comes standard with V-rated tires. The brochure says it has a top speed of 140 mph. Surprised me to see the top speed of S-type at only 130 mph and all use H-rated tires. Jag dealer had no X-type brochures and I forgot to look closely at the tires. Don't know top speeds of X-types, 2.5L & 3.0L and Sport & non-Sport.

    If the interior fit, finish, feel, look, etc. of a $43,400 X-type doesn't seem to wife or I to be in same league as "lowly"ES300, don't see how the less expensive 2.5L X-type, esp. a close to $30,000 one, would make a better impression. The interior is just too Ford parts bin/Ford Europe Mondeo! Too bad.
  • Then the X-type's true attributes won't appeal to you. It's not some luxo-blvd-cruiser like an ES300. It's a sports-luxury sedan, not a luxury sedan. If you want to meander down a the Blvd, then go for the ES300. If want to a pin you to the seat, grab-on-to-the-handle ride, then go for the sublime handling found in an X-type. Two very differenct approaches to cars.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    Interesting that the X-type's interior is being called "Ford parts-bin". That's exactly what they said about the S-type when it first came out. There were even comparisons to a Taurus. But now I hear folks raving about the S-type interior and how great it is. I think the known Mondeo linkage will prejudice folks at first but that tends to go away in time.
  • bmms8bmms8 Posts: 86
    do you guys know that over 20% of the camrys parts are on a es, ans over 40% are on the RX, also mondeo is a great handling car, and i dont even think the ride on the es is that great, i think a avalon is much btter.....also the top sped on jags or electronically limited, for certain govt reasons that i dont know of..
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    Only full comparison test I've seen is in the latest issue of Motor Trend. Against Infiniti I-35, Lexus ES300, MB C320, & Volvo S60 2.4T. They tested a $43,695 MSRP 3.0 automatic. One of their what's NOT hot is downscale interior materials. I concur. Not worthy of a $45,000 Jag. Maybe a $30,000 European Ford Mondeo. The performance figures seem pretty ordinary. Second slowest 0-60 time, at 7.9 seconds, and second slowest 1/4 mile time, at 15.9 seconds (88.8 mph). Worst braking distance (60-0 mph), at 132 ft. Second worst slalom speed, at 61.3 mph. And the engine turned over at 2,500 RPMs at 60 mph, the highest of the group. Not to mention it had the worst EPA rating of 18/25. Not sure it offers either luxury or performance. Will be interesting to see more published test reports and comparisons. Until then, guess I can keep waiting for local Jag dealer to ever get one with a sticker even under $35,000.
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