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By Jim Flammang
September 15, 2005
Vehicle Overview An X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon joined the original four-door compact sedan for 2005. Jaguar also introduced a new X-Type 3.0 V6 Sport sedan with distinctive body add-ons and 18-inch wheels. It's been available with carbon-fiber trim rather than traditional wood and can be trimmed half in black leather and half in Alcantara. A luxurious X-Type 3.0 V6 VDP Edition, highlighted by burl walnut trim and contrast piping on its leather seating surfaces, also joined the 2005 lineup.
Chrome mesh grille inserts are installed on all models for 2006; these changes also appear on the lower mesh grille on the Sport edition. An automatic transmission is now standard on all models. Wheel center caps and the steering wheel display new black Growler badging. Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth wireless technology are newly available.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the X-Type is related to the Ford-built European Mondeo. (Skip to details on the:
X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon)
Exterior Proportion and balance are important in the X-Type's design. Designers substituted a high tail for the traditional low tail of the past. The X-Type's classic styling themes are familiar to Jaguar aficionados and include a traditional forward-leaning grille augmented by some sporty modern touches. Elliptical quad halogen headlights are installed, and fog lights are integrated into the lower front fascia.
Xenon high-intensity-discharge units are standard on the Sport sedan, which also features 17-inch wheels, a trunk spoiler, lower front and rear spoilers, lower side sills and a sport-tuned suspension. Jaguar's Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system is optional.
Interior Five people fit in the cockpit-style interior, which features Connolly leather and traditional wood veneer or carbon-fiber trim, depending on the model. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control and steering-wheel controls for the stereo. Jaguar's VDP sedan includes 320-watt Alpine premium sound, Reverse Park Control, a wood and leather steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers. A navigation system is available.
Under the Hood Each X-Type is powered by a 227-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Manual-shift models were discontinued. Traction-4 all-wheel drive normally sends 40 percent of engine power to the front wheels, but it can deliver a split as great as 80/20, front to rear, when necessary.
Safety Standard features include dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain-type airbags for front and rear occupants, and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
Driving Impressions Because it's structurally related to the Ford Mondeo, many have wondered whether the X-Type is an authentic Jaguar. It's an eager-performing, competent-handling sedan that's able to carry on the company's illustrious heritage.
On wet, twisty pavement, the X-Type demonstrates its handling skills at every curve. Responding quickly and surely to steering inputs, the sedan is confident and surefooted at all speeds. Even on moderately imperfect surfaces, the ride is sheer pleasure. Rougher patches can produce some jostling, but the car corrects itself crisply without excessive rebounding.
Acceleration with the 3.0-liter V-6 is vigorous, supremely confident and helped by crisp automatic-transmission operation. Exceptionally quiet, the X-Type exhibits evidence of solid, careful construction. The seats are comfortable and supportive. �
X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon When the Sportwagon went on sale in Europe, it wasn't clear when — or if — that body style would reach American dealerships. Late in 2004, Jaguar was ready to send it across the Atlantic. Though it's similar to the sedan up front, the Sportwagon has different rear doors and a unique roof.
Equipped with the 227-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 and an automatic transmission, the all-wheel-drive Sportwagon rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and has a rear window that can be opened. The folding backseat is split 70/30. Four luggage tie-downs are installed in the rear cargo area, which includes a luggage cover and cargo net. A hidden storage compartment includes a 12-volt power outlet and detachable side doors. Silver roof rails are fitted for use with adjustable carrying systems, and a moonroof is standard. Back to top