The Jaguar X-Type includes a five-door estate variation that not only offers practical style, but also refinement and an adequately sized boot. Although it doesn’t include the same diversity in engine ranges as the Mercedes C-Class or BMW 3-Series, the X-Type comes with an excellent variety in diesel units. Younger drivers may not prefer the traditional look of this Jaguar model, but it does perform where it counts, offering decent ide quality and a durable build.
Two diesel engine units are available with the Jaguar X-Type. Both the 2.0-litre at 130bhp and the 2.2-litre at 155 bhp are sourced from Ford. The 2.0-litre unit is known for its refinement and pace. The 2.2-litre at 155bhp has similar fuel economy as the 2.0-litre unit, but is much faster at its 62mph sprint arrival at 9.3 seconds. The 2.2-litre unit also includes an automatic transmission option, plus a six-speed gearbox for a smoother performance. The engine’s responsiveness can also be improved by going into Sport Mode, enabling keener acceleration as you get out of slower corners.
The petrol range includes a 3.0-litre V6 and a 2.5-litre unit that come with the four-wheel drive as its standard. You can also get the 2.0-litre petrol unit or the 2.1-litre V6 that come with the front-wheel drive.
The X-Type impresses in terms of ride and handling, providing all around comfort via its responsive steering and body control. You won’t have any problem driving through A-roads and motorways. All models—from the3.0-litre or 2.0-litre with four wheel drive to any of the front-wheel drive variations—are able to keep the ride composed through corners and to keep the handle predictable in any ride. Motorways are the best venues for the X-Type’s smoothest rides.
Most of the recent X-Type models are complete in equipment compared to the older models. Some of the major additions to the X-Type include touch-screen satellite navigation on the SE, Sovereign, and Sport Premium and Bluetooth. The entry-level S trims also have art-leather seats and offer automatic transmission with the 2.2-litre diesel.
Drivers and passengers are assured all around security in the X-Type, as it has a four-star rating from the Euro NCAP crash test. The model’s safety equipment includes six intelligent airbags and dynamic stability control. The six airbags respond according to the circumstances of the accident. The Bluetooth feature in the car adds to the safety precautions, letting you use your phone without compromising your driving.
The X-Type may have enough room up front, but the space is rather limited in the rear seat area. Legroom and headroom are limited so anyone seated out back will experience some discomfort. Thankfully the minimal noise intrusion in the cabin adds some comfort to the overall ride. Boot space is also limited at 455 litres. Although you can fold down the rear seats, they don’t come out too flat as a floor. Thankfully the load floor is free from other obstructions and adds a wider space. With the seats folded, the boot capacity is increased to 1415 litres. This is much bigger than the BMW 3-Series Touring.
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