By KBB.com Editors
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 reserved 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 2008 with the same exterior and interior, as well as the same V6 powerplant and all-wheel-drive layout. Available in sedan and wagon forms, the 2008 Jaguar 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.
For those who are rather larger than average folks, 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, and relatively, youth-oriented vehicle.
New standard features include a tire pressure monitoring system, ten-way power seats, memory driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, electrochromic rearview mirror, automatic headlights and a trip computer.
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 around $35,000 are good deals in this field.
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
The 2008 Jaguar 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.
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, ten-way power driver's and passenger's seats, rain-sensing wipers, driver's seat memory, leather seats, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch cast-alloy wheels. Wagon models include Reverse Park Control, 17-inch wheels and a Premium Sound system.
Options include heated front seats, 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.
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.
227 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
206 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22
By Dan The Man on Monday, March 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sexy Styling"
Cons: "A bit lazy in performance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Overall the car has been very nice. My wife drives it and really likes the Jag mystic and the cat hood orniment. I have been a bit disappointed with the performace though. While it has worked very well, it has not delivered the performance I expected from Jaguar."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By cwalker2 on Friday, March 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value"
Cons: "Does not handle like a sports car - it's a tank."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After 160,000 miles (owned since new) it has required nothing other than brakes and tires and other normal wear items. It runs great and other than the rear window defroster failing, nothing has broken. The AWD works great. It climbs through New England snow like a tracked vehicle. It is a bit ponderous taking exit ramps at sports car speeds although I've never outfitted it with sticky rubber. Still, it would never handle like a real fun back road car. Never the less it has been a great family sedan and everyone looks at it like it's a $60K car."
By Dkenney on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 161,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good price, great handling/fun to drive,"
Cons: "ok on gas(25mpg); rough ride, little leg room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Purchased car in PA 3 years ago with 95K miles on it. 2.5 v6 with manual trans. I installed new brakes when I bought it, and have changed the oil on regular intervals. Other than the headliner and A-pillar liners coming loose, I have had NO issues with this car. AWD works great, still shifts fine, paint looks good, etc. And I have 161K miles on it, and it still runs like the day I bought it. Good vehicle, made under the Ford ownership years. Only selling because I need a bigger vehicle. Not a lot of leg room in front or rear. But if you need a mid size vehicle, full time AWD, and a decent running car(it does not have the softer suspension that most Jags are known for. This is more of a sport suspension), I wouldn't hesitate to look at this, especially with the 5spd manual."
By Nevada Rose on Saturday, February 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive and great value"
Cons: "rear seats not the best for adults"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"overall one of the best cars I have owned. Handel's well in all weather conditions. Purchased the car in Pa used in 2009 with 22,000 miles, Only repairs were regular maintenance, ie. battery, brakes and new tires. loved everything about this car except the back seats. Had what I thought was a minor accident and the insurance company claims the parts are to exsp. rest in peace"
By DC on Monday, February 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "AWD and responsive"
Cons: "No heated seats or electric folding mirrors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Never experienced any fluid leaks beyond a a cracked antifreeze reservoir which occurred during very extreme conditions. The reservoir was inexpensive to replace as I was able to DIYS. The car handles extremely well and is very responsive to the driver. When you mash the pedal you get immediate feedback from the engine. Maybe I got lucky but I don't understand why this car would have gotten negative reviews, although it does make a whining sound when cold. The sound disapates once the car warms. I love driving it through mountain roads in snowy conditions. Never got stuck!"
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Zack on Friday, January 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "everything but space"
Cons: "Not very roomy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car for around 3 grand, unlike most other people it seems, my x type actually had a cd player, in addition to the touch screen, and you could choose to listen to songs you had in a SD card, this car can be fast if you want it to, not the best mileage, but still a good car"
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful