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2008 Jaguar X-Type

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2008 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 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.

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 2008 Jaguar X-Type should make your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2008

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 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 around $35,000 are good deals in this field.

2008 Jaguar X-Type Details
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
2008 Jaguar X-Type photo

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.

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, 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

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: 16/22

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2008 Jaguar X-Type Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 347 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

The best vehicle for me!

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

It was great while it lasted.

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,575

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Been a great car!

By on Monday, July 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice looking, but cheaply made

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks (interior, exterior)"

Cons: "Materials used to build it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I was attracted to this vehicle because of it elegant interior design and body looks. I bought it as a Certified-Pre-Owned vehicle at a reasonable price. The fact that it was a Jaguar was also a factor in my decision. After owning this car for 10 years, I'm somewhat disappointed. It appears to be made of cheap materials as over the years some of its interior and paint have deteriorated at a faster pace than any other car I've ever owned. Being a Jaguar, I expected it to be better built."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned, gets excellent mileage.

By on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Again, I love it."

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

"Still looks beautiful, I will keep it till I die. Wish they still made the XType, excellent drive in snow or ice. Best brake I ever saw in any car."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

2003 Jaguar X-Type 2.5L

By on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Quiet."

Cons: "Only one cup holder?"

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

"Bought it used at one year old ~13K. Has been an excellent car. Awesome in the snow. Not garaged since 2004. Runs great. Replaced 4 door speakers. Maintenance only required oil changes and tires. Wish Jaguar still made them. I'd buy another......"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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