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2007 Jaguar X-Type

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2007 Jaguar X-Type Review

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The X-Type has never quite lived up to Jaguar's expectations, at least not in the U.S. Designed to go head-to-head with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, the X-Type has not had success bringing younger buyers into the Jaguar fold, at least partially due to its somewhat stoic styling, lofty price tag and middle-of-the-road performance. While both the Audi and BMW have undergone complete updates since the X-Type's introduction, the current model soldiers on for 2007 wearing the same exterior and interior, as well as the same V6 powerplant and all-wheel-drive layout. Available in sedan and wagon forms, the X-Type may not be the ultimate sport sedan, but it can provide a bit of Coventry style and flair at a price most social climbers will find agreeable.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a compact premium luxury sedan with all-wheel drive, a lavish interior and a price that's a relative bargain, the X-Type should make your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are bigger than average, the X-Type's narrow seats may feel somewhat cozy, and some people might find the interior to be too old-fashioned for such an apparently youth-oriented vehicle.

What's New for 2007

New standard features include Dynamic Stability Control, a power moonroof and split-folding rear seats on sedan models. The 3.0 wagon receives Reverse Park Control and 17-inch Bermuda-style alloy wheels.

Driving the X-Type

Driving Impressions The X-Type's 3.0-liter V6 is both robust and efficient, but it lacks the refinement expected of such a high-end nameplate. With the loss of the manual transmission option, enthusiasts must...

rely on the awkward but traditional Jaguar J-gated automatic to change gears. Left to its own devices, the automatic works fine, providing seamless shifts and smooth operation at all speeds.

On the road, the X-Type exhibits a stable and controlled ride. The suspension is tight, capable and every bit a contender in this all-star league. Cornering has very little body roll, the steering is responsive and direct and the overall behavior is competent, controlled, sure and refined.

"Leaper" Hood Ornament
No matter what car it's attached to, the classic Jaguar "leaper" hood ornament brings a smile to our faces.

Appreciable Standard Features
Standard all-wheel drive and a V6 engine for less than $35,000 are good deals in this field.

2007 Jaguar X-Type Details
2007 Jaguar X-Type photo Interior

The X-Type's seats, door panels and headliner are all beautifully put together; the fine leathers and elegant stitch patterns on the seat faces are truly lovely. The dash, on the other hand, has the outline of a Jaguar's panel, but the gauges, climate controls and audio controls just don't look or feel like they belong in a car of this distinction. The rich wood applique only serves to highlight the flat black plastic faceplates. Rear-seat legroom is snug, as it is in the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, and the front seats are narrow.

Exterior
2007 Jaguar X-Type photo

The X-Type partially resembles the full-size XJ, especially when viewed from the front. Jaguar wanted to make this car look like it costs twice as much as it does and, with continued improvements, it's getting closer to a more refined Jaguar appearance. Still, the rear quarter looks more Ford than Jaguar (Ford, after all, owns Jaguar), although upgrades to the exterior trim and new wheels help minimize this effect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The X-Type includes a 3.0-liter V6, all-wheel drive, J-gated five-speed automatic transmission, automatic air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control, power moonroof, 120-watt AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, a front-knee airbag, eight-way power driver's seat, leather seats, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Wagon models include Reverse Park Control, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, driver's seat memory and a Premium Sound system.

Optional Equipment

Options include heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers (sedan), ten-way power driver's and passenger's seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, 18-inch wheels and tires, Alpine premium audio, Luxury package, Reverse Park Control (sedan) and DVD-based navigation system.

Under the Hood

The 3.0-liter V6 is Ford's Duratec, and it's a more-than-capable engine for a family sedan such as the new Fusion, but it roars loudly at full throttle and feels out of place in a Jaguar. The engine does deliver its power generously at all speeds, and its fuel economy is decent, particularly considering the extra burden the added weight of the all-wheel-drive system imposes.

3.0-liter V6
227 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
206 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (Sedan), 18/24 (Wagon)

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2007 Jaguar X-Type Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 362 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

8 years and 112,000 miles later...my thoughts

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Styling, Ride, reliability, handling, AWD, Power"

Cons: "Discontinued rather than improving on it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned my 2007 X-type since new, Oct 2006, and it now has 112000 miles and 8 years of relatively aggressive driving in the four seasons in Maine. The car still gets far more "looks" than my wife’s '10 Audi A4 and the chassis and suspension are still very tight, no notable difference from the day I purchased it. It rides buttery smooth yet provides excellent feedback, good reflexes, excellent on center feel, no body roll or any floaty feel, great climate control and a radio with the best reception of any car I have owned with zero static on the AM band, taught, well-damped suspension even driving triple digit speeds. I have thoroughly enjoyed the car and it has been extremely reliable. Other than routine maintenance (2 sets of tires, brakes and rotors twice (could have just replaced pads but I chose to replace the rotors with Raybestos vented all around), changed out all driveline fluids once and filled with Mobile one at 75k as well as the transmission flush with Redline D4 Synthetic ATF. I had to replace a brake booster (480 at dealer), a water pump (325.00 at local shop), tie rod ends and a throttle position sensor thingy. I consider 1200.00 in repairs over 9 years of hard driving and setting outside darn good. The chassis is completely rust free, paint still looks great, exhaust is still shiny steel and it the engine is very strong. It feels stronger than its rated 230 hp, albeit rather noisy when pushed to the red line. The 5-speed auto tranny is eager to upshift when left in normal mode in an effort to achieve good fuel economy. Placed in sports mode it holds the gears longer, not overly, and seems to be the better overall choice for 2 lane and city driving so I always leave it in sport mode, which it retains when shut down. Therefore, when you re-start it, whether it is 5 minutes or a week, it will retain the mode it was in when you last parked it, nice. All the interior pieces show no wear, the heated Connolly leather seats are wonderfully comfortable for my 5'7" frame and show no aging, fading, ripples nor creasing and the fronts are 8 way power. Rear seat room is fair, fine when setting behind me but tight if the fronts are slid way back, they too are comfortable save for bit short for good thigh support but it works out because your feet rest on the floor just right. The rear center armrest is nice and wide with two sturdy cup holders. It has all the right safety features and then some; dual stage front airbags and a drivers knee airbag, side impact bags and overhead full length side impact bags that come out of the roof, passenger side weight sensing front airbag that also compensates for the seat position, anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, all-wheel drive system that is essentially unstoppable in snow and performs at least as well as my previous 2000 A4 Quattro, traction control and stability control (both can be disabled allowing for spinning in heavy snow without cutting power, I find it useful getting up the 30 degree hill in a foot of snow in my 2/10 mile driveway) though I don’t believe the stability control is fully disabled it does allow for aggressive off-ramp fun without interference. If left on it can be a bit overcautious as I have had it cut power during hard acceleration with a tad of oversteer on an uphill reducing radius off ramp a few times right at the apex exit. Top speed in mine is 145 give or take, which was surprising as I was sure that the computer would intervene as others had said there’s’ would cut out at 125. It was very stable with no floating and little wind buffeting. The 120-watt stereo sounds decent enough and I like the auto volume adjustment as speed increases. Reception is exceptional on both AM and FM bands with no electronic interference on the AM side, which I use frequently when commuting. It also has the Bluetooth phone module, which works without a hitch. For winter driving, the car has heated outside driver and passenger mirrors that work extremely well as do the heated windshield washer jets. The trunk is surprisingly large and is well fitted but lacks any storage compartments. I installed a couple of bins at the rear outside edges fastened with some Velcro to store such things as my bottle of fuel stabilizer and Marvel Mystery oil for use when buying fuel for my yard equipment. I also installed a stretchable net a couple feet from the rear to prevent groceries from sliding forward if a hard stop is required. To sum it up, because of the issues that plaque the early models sales plummeted and never recovered even though 2006+ models are as reliable as expected from any newer car. It can also be found at very attractive prices in the used car market and you can get a very nice highline car for the price of a Corolla yet is far more enjoyable to own. The car was also dinged for being a ford Mondeo yet it shares a mere 15 percent of Mondeo parts. It is fast, comfortable, tight, elegant, attractive, and rare. It garners attention from onlookers and it has been very reliable. I would have no reservations jumping in tomorrow and driving it to Salt Lake to visit my brother, cruising in complete comfort and confidence at 85 mph. With its resale now at about 7500.00, I have no intention nor reason to "upgrade" to a newer sports sedan as the Jag has and is a pleasure. I wish they had not discontinued it, as I would not hesitate to purchase a newer model when and if I get the inkling."

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Sadly, it's made by Ford

By on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Jaguars will get the comments...the name."

Cons: "Ford built mine. Paint job is the worse lasting."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"While ford is a great American Car company, they are notorious for using cheap parts... things break and die far more often than any other vehicle I've owned...I just won't buy a 'Ford' (with the exception of a Mustang...they got that nearly right.). Only one repair since I've owned it. Fixed it myself and cost me less than $100.00... so that makes me happy. CD player quit working year three... interior cloth became unglued (prob from riding with the windows down. Wood grain panel cracked from the heat?!? Steering wheel had to be tightened year five. Front windshield is expensive and cracks easily. Battery is about $150.00 to replace, 3 years there. Tires wear easy... tried all brands/types but I think the Good year GTX is doing better than most others. Paint faded 5 years faster than my (ungaraged) Pontiac Firebird - under the same Arizona sun... and it was garaged daily. Not a great investment...go with a Lexus."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Awesome Vehicle!

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Awesome acceleration and handling"

Cons: "lower gas mileage (AWD)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this 2004 Jaguar for nearly 7 years, and love this car! It's an awesome sports sedan and has AWD as well! It's fun to drive and handles perfectly!"

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Love love love my jaguar

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great to drive"

Cons: "Use premium gas & oil"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Need to sell as we have 2 vehicles and hubby can no longer drive This is a 5-speed and fun to drive. It has get-up-and-go!"

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

No one wants this car but you

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car is great. Had no issues and mileage is very very good at avg 23mpg. I drive mostly highway but that is combined. Downside, it burns through tires and batteries. Both are cheap to replace. It's a heavy car, so you feel safe. Doors are not so heavy. Trunk is large. Driven for 8 years. No resale value so I'm keeping it. Car does not look like every other car out there, so it is easy to find."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

selling a 2002 Jaguar x type

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Jaguar X type 2002

"My car has been used only to work and it has very good mileage. I have another car and don't need this one but I am not going to let it go for cheap since it's a very good car."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Jaguar X type 2002

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