The X-Type was a pleasure to drive for several thousand kilometres touring Victoria over Christmas with my family.
It was quiet, comfortable, but perhaps more lumber support for front passengers.
The Global Positioning Navigation System (GPS) touch screen is light years or several generations better than the new nav system in the 4.4 litre BMW four wheel drives.
It is perfect for a tourist and I felt helpless when my six year old son turned off the voice commands and I was just left with the excellent map on a screen.
The steering is excellent, given that it is a three litre engine it has oodles of power and leaps forward ever so silently - just like a cat. On country running I averaged 9 litres per 100 kilometres, over 31 miles per gallon and about 10 to 11 litres or 26 to 26 miles per gallon in town.
It is fantastic to park in small spaces and the parking sensors are just wonderful.
The ride and feel of the car was wonderful.
It is one of the few cars in the world where one can comfortably double or triple the recommended cornering speed and still not feel like a racing driver!
I was also very impressed with the large boot that took four large suitcases and a large bag, laptop computer, briefcase and lots of coats.
Even with this load plus a family of four, acceleration was effortless, especially when overtaking.
It was also fun to be pampered with such luxury, unlike the BMW and Mercedes.