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2003 Jaguar X-Type

  • 2003 Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Sedan

    2.5 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      194/180
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,305
  • 2003 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 Sedan

    3.0 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      231/209
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $38,305
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2003 Jaguar X-Type Review

Pleasantly affordable luxury.

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Overview

With its low base price, the 2003 Jaguar X-Type is a dream to those who never thought they would ever own a Jaguar. But as soon as buyers start to add options, that low base price tag quickly inflates. That doesn’t change the fact that this fine vehicle is easy to afford. For those looking to get their first Jag without the high price of other models, like the S-Type, the Jaguar X-Type is the right option.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Jaguar X-Type 3.0, Jaguar X-Type 4.2, Jaguar X-Type R

What's New

The 2003 Jaguar X-Type was introduced in 2002 to attract younger drivers to the British brand. There are very little equipment changes for this model year. The base model’s price is slightly reduced. Also, electrochromatic mirrors are now available as standard equipment on all models. The 3.0-liter engines get new 17-inch wheels and a standard CD changer.

Exterior

The 2003 Jaguar X-Type has all the classic styling themes of Jaguar models from the past. The traditional lean forward grille is there, as well as elliptical quad halogen headlamps. Xenon high-intensity headlamps are also available as an option for a price. Fog lights are integrated into the lower fascia at the front. The low tail of previous models is changed to a higher tail to promote greater balance. A Premium package adds a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wiper system, and a Reverse Park Control system. The X-Type measures 183.9 inches overall and rides on a 106.7-inch wheelbase.

Interior

The 2003 Jaguar X-Type seats five occupants quite comfortably. It has a cock-pit like feel, but a luxurious one. It's hard to believe the Jaguar X-Type is so affordable when it comes equipped with leather and wood veneer colored with light-brown bird’s-eye maple. A sport package is available, which adds Connolly leather sport seats, a sportier steering wheel for the driver that wears perforated leather, and a darker maple trim. A navigation system is also offered as an option. Other equipment includes standard automatic climate control and integrated communication and entertainment controls, and an optional telephone.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Jaguar X-Type comes equipped with a bevy of safety equipment, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, ventilated front disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, fog lights, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and a passenger airbag occupant detection system. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars across the board for front and side impacts, as well as rollover. The IIHS gave the Jaguar its best score of ""good"" for frontal offset tests, and a score of ""marginal,"" its second worst, for side impact tests.

Safety

The 2003 Jaguar X-Type comes equipped with a bevy of safety equipment, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, ventilated front disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, fog lights, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and a passenger airbag occupant detection system. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars across the board for front and side impacts, as well as rollover. The IIHS gave the Jaguar its best score of ""good"" for frontal offset tests, and a score of ""marginal,"" its second worst, for side impact tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar S Type 3.0: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S Type 4.2: 15/24 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S Type R: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reasonable base price
  • Sport handling
  • All-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Interior design
  • Bad styling cues from Ford
  • Options are very pricey

Sum Up

Pleasantly affordable luxury.

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