A really fun ride for an old-schooler like me.
January 31, 2019
It really feels like a rear wheel drive (I hate the feel of FWD). The rear end plants firmly in a curve, but on acceleration through the curve, there is no wash out of the front (understeer). It almost feels like it's rotating through the turn. I was looking for an 02, 03, or 04 because they have the viscus coupling that proportions torque, front to rear. It is said to drive like a RWD and it does. I wasn't disappointed by the performance of the 3.0 V6 and gear ratios are excellently matched. The interior won't accommodate a very tall person but very comfortable for average stature. Ride is somewhat firm and a bit noisy which is, I'm sure, a trade off for handling. I paid the high end of the price range because of EXTREMELY low certified mileage and excellent condition and am happy that I did. I've only had it for a few months so reliability is yet to be determined. I am optimistic because of the Ford Mondeo platform on which the X Type is based. Contrary to popular belief, I find that to be a plus for the X Type.