2008 Jaguar X-Type

2008 Jaguar X-Type Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Jaguar X-Type was new.

5.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 4.9
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.0
Safety: 7.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine comes standard
  • Sporty handling for a midsize sedan
  • Roomy interior
  • High sticker price compared to competent, non-luxury competitors
  • Front-wheel-drive system often causes problematic torque steer
  • Disappointing gas mileage

2008 Jaguar X-Type Overview

For every review that liked the Jaguar X-Type, there were two that didn't. Engineered to be a competitive entry-level luxury sedan, the X-Type suffers from a split personality: Jaguar styling and refinement coupled with Ford underpinnings that simply can't compete in the luxury sport sedan segment. Car and Driver writes, "It tries hard to be a Jaguar, but the X-Type is actually based on a Ford and can't escape its plebeian roots."

Largely a carryover from 2007 the X-Type now offers more standard equipment, including 10-way powered driver and passenger seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Jaguar asserts that the 2008 model receives more significant changes: "The Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle . . . With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new generation X-TYPE retains all the original car's strengths, and adds some new ones of its own." Nevertheless, the X-Type comes with a high cost of ownership, and there are plans to discontinue it following the 2008 model year.

  • In addition to its complaints sited above, Car and Driver adds, "Refinement and chassis dynamics aren't quite up to par with the competition, and the X-type isn't cheap either. Unless you're enamored with the styling, look elsewhere." -- Car and Driver
  • "Some critics have never considered the car a true Jaguar." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Jaguar X-Type is a pleasant drive and gets a respectable level of standard equipment, including dynamic stability control, a moonroof and split-folding rear seat." -- Forbes
  • "Jaguar knows it missed an opportunity with the X-type. A better small car could have done the brand a world of good." -- Detroit Free Press
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