Jaguar X-Type 2.5

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Jaguar X-Type 2.5

Saloon - Four Wheel Drive (4x4) - 5 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed - (Auto), 5 Speed Automatic, 5 Speed Manual - 2495 cc - Max Speed: 140 mph - 194 bhp - Pet...

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Review of "Jaguar X-Type 2.5"

published 20/11/2007 | Estupendomike
Member since : 29/10/2007
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Pro Looks, Equipment, Ride, Quality
Cons Rough Road Ride, Fuel Consumption, Boot Space
Road Handling
Customer service

"Jaguar X Type Long Term Test"

I really believed that the X type was nothing more than a Mondeo in a very pretty body and badged as a Jaguar.
Having bought a business that already owned an X type, my plan was to sell the car immediately and buy a Mercedes. That was six months ago!
I've been so impressed with the small Jag, that I'm going to keep it. It's not without flaws, as you'll soon see, but it is a terrific package, and above all, it has that indefinable "Jaguar Presence".
The model we have is known here as the Executive, which is equivalent to UK SE spec. It lacks for nothing in terms of equipment with electric seats, very powerful climate control, cruise, CD changer, rear parking sensors, HID headlamps and auto lights and wipers. The leather is proper thick Connolly stuff and the dashboard is swathed in highly polished Canadian Maple. Wood and leather may no longer be trendy, but it somehow seems right in a Jaguar.
Build quality seems good, and at 30,000 miles there are no squeaks and rattles.
Overall, I would say performance is disappointing. Take off from rest is particularly slow, due to losses in the torque converter and four wheel drive system, but mid range pull is excellent, making overtaking really easy. At high RPM the engine is noisy but always smooth, and at low revs it just waffles along.
The ride can be amongst the very best in the world. On smooth roads, it's incredible, and up to a point it remains amazing, but when the car encounters really rough surfaces it quickly goes to pieces and the achilles heel of the X type surfaces - road noise! When the tarmac is harsh or broken that tyres simply transmit too much noise into the cabin, so much so that people can't here you when you're on the (excellent) bluetooth hands free kit. The problem seems to be a lack of isolation from the front and rear suspension assemblies. We replaced all four tyres with Pirelli's and things improved but not by a great deal.
The automatic transmission works well most of the time and changes are always smooth, although it does hunt up and down the five speeds on long hills. There is a manual mode using the Jaguar J gate, but it's not as pleasant to use as the steering wheel buttons or paddles competitors now have.
Fuel consumption is really poor. However I drive the car, I can seem to better 24.5MPG, and this is not acceptable when compared to other modern V6 powered cars. I think it must be due to the weight and the relative lack of power.
Space is fantastic in the front and there is a large glove box and armrest cubby. Rear room is pretty poor and the boot is too shallow.
Overall, the car has really impressed me. Nothing about it even remotely reminds me of the Mondeo upon which it is based, and every journey is a real pleasure. It is also one of the best looking saloons out there, and attracts admiring glances all the time.

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  • Bens__mummy published 20/11/2007
    Good review. x
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Product Information : Jaguar X-Type 2.5

Manufacturer's product description

Saloon - Four Wheel Drive (4x4) - 5 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed - (Auto), 5 Speed Automatic, 5 Speed Manual - 2495 cc - Max Speed: 140 mph - 194 bhp - Petrol

Product Details

Body Type: Saloon

Fuel Type: Petrol

Country of Origin: UK

Range: Jaguar X-TYPE

Range + Engine Type: X-TYPE 2.5, X-TYPE 2.5 V6

Manufacturer: Jaguar

Insurance Group: 15

Engine Size (cc): 2495

Towing Limit (kg): 1500

Boot Capacity (litres): 452

Height: 1392

Width: 1789

Length: 4672

Weight: 1555

Power: 194

Transmission type: 5 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed - (Auto), 5 Speed Manual; 5 Speed Automatic

Classification: Luxury Sports Car, Luxury Car

CO2 Emissions: 234 g/km - (Man) / 244 g/km - (Auto)

Emissions Class: EU3

Type: Car

NCAP Rating: NCAP 4 Star Rating

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 8.3 seconds - (Man)

Maximum Speed (mph): 140

Warranty: 3 years / Unlimited miles

Cylinders: V6

Fuel Capacity (litres): 61.5

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Torque: 180@3000 lb/ft

Driven Wheels: Four Wheel Drive (4x4)

Available Trims: S; SE; Sport


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