Jaguar X-Type 3.0 V6 AWD Sport Premium Estate
2.5 years of ownership review
Well, sadly it's time for the X-Type to go. I WILL miss this car, it's been one of my favorite cars to own. Probably equal favorite with my Mazda MX5 actually.
X-Type was always brilliant in the Snow - even on summer tyres!
So why am I getting rid? Well, the main reason is it's reached that age of teetering on the edge of car maintenance dominoes. I've done a lot of work on the car over the last two years, but I fear it's now at the age where it's going to need some serious dismantling and rebuilding to keep it in A1 condition. I'd be tempted to throw some serious money and time at it, but the fact is the 16 mpg I get during daily use is a bitter pill to swallow. Yes, if I drove like Mother Teresa on her way to the second coming, I might see 28 mpg, but I suspect 25 mpg would be more realistic. I've NEVER seen 30 mpg!
So how about a newer X-Type? Well, I don't want a diesel. I don't do enough miles. I really need a petrol. I also don't like a downgrade. If I replaced it like for like with a 2009 I'd be paying over £500 a year VED and on principle I won't pay that. My car is just old enough to be before the threshold so tax was only ever £285. Still a lot, but not THAT bad. With the changes to VED coming in 2017, the old system is starting to look stupid. Particularly with capital cities banning diesel cars because of Noxious fumes! Blame Gordon Brown, yes, he lowered carbon emissions, but as with many political endeavors the consequence of everyone going diesel was never really considered.
Plus, it's nice to have a change.
I've actually never owned a saloon (Sedan if you're American) I can't see the point in them. Estates and hatches seem to be more practical with no downside. The X-Type was no exception. I've made numerous DIY trips in the beast. I've had lengths of drainpipe on the roof rails, skirting board right through the centre and I've filled it floor to ceiling on tip runs. Drop the seats and it becomes a small van. It's brilliant.
Spacious, comfy rear bench.
It's also comfortable, refined transport for four and not bad for five. Yes, the cabin has a few less-than-luxury hard plastics about, but there's also lots of leather and all in all it's a really pleasant place to be.
This one has electric memory seats. Something I'd never have gone out of my way for when looking for a car, but something I'd miss now if I didn't have it. You can easily achieve a great driving position and the seats offer a great compromise of bolstering, support, and comfort.
The dashboard is well laid out with everything in easy reach. My Sport Premium has the Carbon Fibre trim instead of wood and that was actually a better fit for my personality really. As you can see this car was a manual. I know many prefer the auto in a Jag, to the point they seemed to stop doing manuals in the XF, but I like a manual and it's actually a pretty sweet box - though you DO want a 6th gear at times. It certainly might help economy.
Carbon Fibre Trim.
Now some people hate the X-Type. The two main reasons cited are 'the 1960's styling' and 'It's really just a Ford Mondeo'.
Now I actually think in the right spec, the 1960's styling doesn't apply. There's nothing 1960's about my Sport Premium in Silver with Black Leather Interior, Sports seats and Carbon Trim. The 18" Wheels are definitely not a retro throw back!
In some ways I think the X-Type and it's sister cars seem like a separate brand to modern Jaguars. Yes, the modern Jags have that ice-cold, British Bond Villain theme going on... But the old Jags, well... There's a lovable rogue about them. They're a sheepkin coat, bottle of whisky and a shooter in the glovebox car.
I think Jaguars revolution will divide people. Personally I like both, but I suspect some folks will ONLY like the new, OR the old Jags.
As for the Ford Mondeo accusation... Well it's probably true. However what many people fail to understand is that the Ford Mondeo DNA is actually a GOOD thing! The car that shared a platform with the X-Type was actually a VERY good Mondeo. Cited by both James May and Jeremy Clarkson as an exceptionally good car. Yes, it was FWD, but the AWD added to make it feel more premium actually set it higher than a RWD BMW or Merc. It had an exceptionally strong AWD system as shown by Clarkson driving one on a ski-slope and then using an estate to tow a ski-er on an icy road.
When your X-Type breaks, there's a good chance the part will be a cheap as chips, common as muck Ford part. This is a good thing. If you repair it yourself, you can get the bits from Europarts for less a fraction of what other people call 'Proper Jag' parts.
If you want a good car, but the Mondeo was a bit boring and a bit 'every-man' for you, then the X-Type offered a decent alternative!
I'll definitely miss the X-Type. I'm trading it in with a heavy heart. I was never snobbish about the use of the Ford parts bin. I'm actually having a Ford Focus ST3 next!
I might have had an XE if I could have got the right one for the right price. As it is, I'm moving away from Jaguar this time, but I'm sure I'll be back when they have the right car for me - a fast, four-wheel-drive, petrol estate!
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