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By Cars.com Staff
June 30, 2006
Vehicle Overview Jaguar adds more standard equipment, including stability control, a moonroof and rear park assist (for the wagon), to its X-Type for 2007. The automaker has also juggled its naming conventions, dropping the Sport package and replacing the VDP and Premium packages with a luxury package on the sedan.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the X-Type is related to the Ford-built European Mondeo. An automatic transmission is standard on all models. Wheel center caps and the steering wheel display black Growler badging, and Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth wireless technology are available.
An X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon joined the original four-door compact sedan for 2005. (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.
Jaguar's Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system is standard. The X-Type rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch wheels are optional.
The luxury package includes a unique 17-inch wheel design and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
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.
The luxury package offers leather-trimmed seats, burl walnut interior trim and 10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats.
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.
Safety Standard features include dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain 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. For 2007, the Sportwagon gains its own 17-inch wheels and standard rear park assist.
Equipped with the 227-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 and an automatic transmission, the all-wheel-drive Sportwagon 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