2003 Jaguar X-Type SE 2.1 from UK and Ireland


The baby Jag is a good looker and affordable



General Comments:

The car is often slated as just being a Ford Mondeo underneath. As the Mondeo itself is actually a good car is this really a valid criticism?

The build quality is very good.

The paint quality is very good.

The brakes are a bit spongy, as is the handling.

V6 engine is very smooth and refined and at cruising speeds the car is very quiet.

Fuel economy is fair at around 30 mpg.

Servicing costs are high - the first routine service was £260 (2004). Having said that, the cost of oil was very nearly £100 (inc VAT), and they charged for screen-wash, when I had filled it at home the day before! So beware and make sure you haggle with the service adviser. Oh, and take your own oil in, they cannot refuse to use it. BUT - check with the dealer first to make sure you get the correct one, the manufacturer information in the handbook is not clear on the subject.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2004

2003 Jaguar X-Type 2.5L from North America


Big bang for the buck!



General Comments:

Great Car- Great in NY snow/ice- great buy for a small family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2003

2003 Jaguar X-Type 2.1 SE 2.1 from Singapore


Buy it! Go for the 2.5 or 3 if you want more power. Else for city driving, 2.1 is sufficient



General Comments:

Cabin at the back is just right for my family although back seat can be more comfortable with deeper bucket seat. Space at the back is just nice for 3 average-sized adults. Anything more, it be cramp.

Space in the front cabin is good although I would have preferred something to rest my left foot whilst driving.

Driver does not control the central locking for the passengers. I'm unable to lock/unlock the doors with a push of a button like the new Camry. This is frustrating especially when the Camry which I have owned for a couple of years has this simple function, but useful function.

I am still puzzled why Jaguar manufactured the engine bonnet lever at the left front side when the car is right-hand drive especially when this car is imported from the UK and cars are right-hand drive.??? This poses a slight inconvenience to the driver.

Engine so far so good.

Performance is above average. Noise level in the cabin is minimal except when car is accelarating to 3000 to 3500 rpm. At this speed, the car emits a purring noise as it pushes the car forward. It's not very nice sounding compared to the Camry.

This car definitely turns heads. I was just doing a complete waxing Autoglym waxing job yesterday afternoon and lo and behold, many came to view the car out of curiosity. The expressions on their faces says it all - envy!

Jaguar, both past and present, connotes an almost regal reputation. People view Jaguar more than the round-the-mill Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Saab.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2003

20th Jan 2005, 00:01

Do anyone of you who owns the X-type and driven for a year (approx. 23000km) experiencing gurgling sound from the engine only when I accelerate from low to mid-torque? I would like to know what causes it and what are some of the remedies? Otherwise, this car has brought me and my family over a long drive (in excess of 16 hours return) from Singapore to the East coast of Malaysia recently.

6th Nov 2006, 13:06

I do not own a Jaguar X-Type, however I do know a fair amount about cars and engines. Gurgling could be any number of things, most commonly they are,

Dirty/clogged: injectors, intake valves, air filter.

New spark plugs may help as well.

Hope this helps.

16th Nov 2006, 02:59

The noise is caused by valve blockages. Get it cleaned by the Agent. Thereafter I recommend you use Caltex fuel only which does help to minimise the noise.

4th Jan 2008, 04:04

Jaguar, a british car making company, stopped all of its operation during the second world war, and its been commanded to make only jet planes which the country was in need of it. Jaguar, shows its royalty from past to present. Now being auctioned to an Indian automobile maker, TATA, a pioneer in the field of almost all businesses. Lets see, how they stand with the brand.