2003 Jaguar X-Type Reviews - Page 6 of 6

2003 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Headturning luxury sedan with spirit

Faults:

I have experienced zero defects. The vehicle has been excellent.

General Comments:

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.

E.S.

UK.

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.

2003 Jaguar X-Type SE 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired101 miles
Most recent distance250 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Drives like a dream, a bit too thirsty though

Faults:

Only just taken delivery, too early to say.

General Comments:

I am absolutely over the moon with my Jaguar, it handles wonderfully well.

I particularly like the quietness of the engine and the way it planted onto the road.

Despite being an automatic, it accelerates amazingly well.

However there are some cheap plastic about, some evidence of costs cutting in order to keep the price affordable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2003

2003 Jaguar X-Type Sport 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2100 miles
Most recent distance2400 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Refinement that's affordable

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Excellent car with stylish looks and pedigree you'd expect from Jaguar. The four wheel drive system that's employed on the car is superb. Comfort levels wonderful and the smell of that leather wow; build quality so far appears to be up to their usual standard, yes good.

The acceleration on the 2.5lt V6 engine is smooth and refined with an absolutely gorgeous note to the engine.

This is very early days of owning the Jag, but so far money well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 22 reviews