2003 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 3.0 from North America
Headturning luxury sedan with spirit
I have experienced zero defects. The vehicle has been excellent.
The car accelerates smartly. The steering is more precise than my BMW 740iL. Handling is more linear and controlled than 2003 3 series BMW. Fortunately, it does not have the racing feel of the Audi 3.0. The Audi is too tense and reminded me of a drive shaft motorcycle. The ride is very controlled and poised. Grace may be the best descriptor for the handling. The exterior and interior are more posh and friendly than BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Honda. The look is classic JAG, trim and athletic while retaining all the functionality of the German marques. The all wheel drive is remarkable. I only wish the seat had memory positions. The car is better built than any Jaguar prior to 2003. The Germans are definitely all business and come across as well built economy cars while the X-Type has every bit the impression of luxury and Jag tradition. Having owned 2 Mercedes and currently driving a BMW740iL, I can easily claim the Jag is more fun to drive. The BMW740 sound system is impeccable and the larger frame adds space, but I still find myself preferring my wife's X-Type 3.0.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd September, 2003
21st Mar 2004, 04:23
Fully Agreed. I am on my second, having started with one of the earliest ones. Much preferred to my previous BMW 3 series, and to the BMW 5 which I tried before buying, and to the equivalent Mercedes, also.
A driver's car with comfort, sensible space, and a first class boot.
9th Apr 2004, 11:23
Couldn't agree more. I've had cars that were fun to drive, I've had cars that were a pain to drive. I've had cars that were exciting to drive. This is the first car I've ever driven that's a PLEASURE to drive. I end my commute more relaxed and calm than when I started it, a first.
Car has had no problems, mechanical issues or otherwise. And it's just gorgeous.