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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 358 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

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

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!"

6 people out of 12 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."

13 people out of 17 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."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Jaguar X type 2002

I have really enjoyed owning this car.

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "pleasure to drive"

Cons: "Back seat is not roomy enough for most men."

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

"Comfortable to drive, perfect acceleration, ease of handling. Nice sound system. A pleasure to drive."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

A very nice comfortable well handling car.

By on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,818

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: "A very smooth and quiet ride."

Cons: "Rather tight fit for tall and/or heavy person."

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

"A very smooth and quiet ride. Good acceleration. Very comfortable. Handles very nicely. Rather tight fit for tall and/or heavy person. Not a lot of hip room or leg room; perfect for smaller person."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

positive; handling and front seat comfort

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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