2003 Jaguar X-Type 2.1 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland
There are a few electrical hiccups. I am still impressed by the total reliability of the Jaguar, and its seamless auto box that sounds delightful when revved hard, as the V6 surges forward effortlessly.
The build quality is good but not perfect. My irritation is the cheap plastic air vents on top of the dash, and the means of cheap plastic poppers to hold them in place.... Which they do not.
It is a poor man's Jaguar, and I guess this is reflected in the poorer build quality, but it is a beautiful car to own, looks super and is a joy to drive.
It's comfortable,and very, very cheap to insure. I am paying £136 yearly fully comp. My Fiat Cinquecento costs me £245!
People oddly believe the X-Type is a Mondeo; it is not. It shares the suspension arms, the diff, the ZF auto box and that's it. But that's Ford... They are like GM cars, they are totally reliable, but are so mundane.
The best thing for Jaguar is the take over by Tata. There is no engineering interference, nor management control, and Jaguar is a lot healthier for it.
The new XJ is a dream, and the F-Type looks stunning. I love my X-Type, and will only sell it for another Jaguar.
Handles very well.
Not as sharp as it could be.
The brake pads wear quite quickly, but it's because all Jags have soft pads instead of the harder German pads... They wear, but do not give that annoying jerkiness.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd January, 2013