Compared to the Jaguar XK-Series and Jaguar XJ-Series, the Jaguar X-Type is pretty simple and straightforward. The 2008 version only comes in two models. One is a four-door sedan and the other is a four-door sport wagon. The wagon has more room for cargo. Both have a naturally aspirated three-liter, V-6 engine that has 227 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. Both also have five-speed automatic transmission. As with other Jaguars, the driver can choose to shift manually using a J-gate shifter. The Jaguar X-Type is a little disappointing and will supposedly be discontinued in 2009.
Body styles: four-door sedan, four-door sport wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with manual shift capability
Models: Jaguar X-Type sedan, Jaguar X-Type sport wagon
Some features that were formerly options on higher-end Jaguars have been made optional/standard on both models of the 2008 Jaguar X-Type. Such additional advanced features include rain-sensing wipers, a 10-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a headrest on the center rear seat. All these things are available as options on the sedan. While the headrest is just an option for the sport wagon, all of the other features are standard on the sport wagon. One would expect the wagon to come with a third row of seats that can fold down, but it does not. There is just room for cargo. The Jaguar X-Type has been available for seven years and in all that time has never been subjected to a full remake.
The only change to the exterior of both models is the addition of wiper blades that automatically sense rain and start running when the rain hits the windshield. The headlights are also automatic. Like other fancier and more expensive Jaguars, both models of the 2008 X-Type feature four-wheel drive standard. Throughout the years, this exterior feature has been a big draw for the X-Type. Even though drive is the same on both models, the tire size is different. The sedan has 16-inch alloy wheels, and the sport wagon has 17-inch alloy wheels. Both models have a sunroof.
The interior addition of a ten-way power-adjustable driver seat likens both models of the X-Type to other Jaguars that are higher in class. Therefore, this car can adapt to any driver. The seat has memory to recall different drivers’ preferences. The new rearview mirror of both models automatically dims. The center seat in the back row of the sedan now features a headrest for added comfort. In the sport wagon, this headrest is optional and there is no third row of seats.
Both models also have a tilting, telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, and identical upholstery/trim. The wood and leather that adorn the interior are nice, but these materials are not used throughout. In some places the fancy leather upholstery and nice wood trim is replaced by cheaper material. Other options, like Bluetooth connectivity, are available for both models. Other than the variation in tire size, the only difference between the two models is the sound system. The sedan offers a six-speaker audio system with a CD player. The sport wagon upgrades this to a premium system with ten speakers. Advance premium packages are available for both models.
Performance & Handling
The ride is fairly smooth when traveling down uninterrupted stretches of highway, but around town it is a little problematic. Those riding in the car feel every bump or crack in the road. Handling and all other engine-related features are just about the same. Ultimately they are a bit disappointing. The V-6 engine ultimately is too underpowered to compete with other models in its class.
Stability control, anti-lock brakes, and plenty of protective airbags are standard safety features for the 2008 Jaguar X-Type. Reverse parking assist is an option for the sedan and comes standard on the sport wagon. Both models come with an optional navigation system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar X-Type: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Tons of fancy features
- Many optional upgrades
You Won't Like
- Poor build quality
- Cheap interior plastics
- Average fuel economy
Cannot compete with others in its class even though it has some nice features.
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