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 Will on Thursday, September 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"proven excellent in recovering from snow induced skids rear seat unsatisfactory for anyone except children and very short adults. Two mechanical problems; right oil seal leak and broken left strut spring."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jagmeister on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable, classy, eye turner"
Cons: "somewhat rough ride due to the stiff suspension"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Beautiful Car. Purchased used (one owner) in 2008. Almost didn't due to the reviews, THEN, found out Ford changed most of the assembly process after 2003 ending the "reliability problems". I have put 50,000 mi on this car and my only repair expenses have been a battery and brakes. This has proven to be one of the most fun vehicles I've owned and the most reliable besides, @70MPH on cruise control on the highway this little pup gets 31 MPG!!......Yeah.....really!! Only dislike is the somewhat rough ride of the "sport" pkg. It really is like a Sports Car."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Ron on Sunday, September 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love to drive it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Good mileage, 27 Hwy, city 19 Great handling very nice interior, Sharp Looking, no dents or scratches"
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Babs on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love to open the sunroof for some run."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car fit me perfectly. Love the design and dependability. Good quality car. Great gas mileage. I got as much as 30 mpg on my trip to AZ. I've had this car almost 10 years and I can't see me not getting another quality car."
7 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Mike on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,575overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Handling, comfortable, fun to drive"
Cons: "costly to maintain"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my Jaguar new in 2002 and drove it for 12 years. Mechanically the only major problem I encountered was having to change the transaxle at 81,000 miles. This car was by far the best car I have ever driven in the snow. The quality of the car was as expected (I have owned Jaguars in the past and am aware of their improving quality since Ford purchased them) From the standpoint of comfort and amenities, this early 2000 car (Mid 30K) had a lot of little things that made it stand out. Besides being beautifully styled, it had automatic temperature control, single touch windows, rain sensing windshield wipers, xenon headlamps, great handling, a 5 speed transmission. Self dimming rear view mirror and all wheel drive. I am sorry to see this car get old and am not excited to be rid of it. I intend to buy Jaguars in the future."
9 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Bill on Monday, July 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great car!"
Cons: "Not made anymore...."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Getting ready for another car, but quick notes about this Jag: It is about to turn over 200k; I have replaced front brake discs, battery, one belt pulley, mass air flow valve 2x, three sets of tires, serviced regularly. I have been driving it for almost ten years. Needs an O2 sensor and a/c work at this point, but the vehicle has served me well and I would definitely purchase another Jaguar."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful