2006 Jaguar X-Type
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- Affordable luxury, comfort, power, design, reliability, different, Jag name
- soft steering, floats when driven hard,
I have owned German cars all my life. Porches, BMWs, etc.. My last car was a 2002 BMW 328i fully loaded Estate. I enjoyed every mile on it. Then as I normally do after a while the car bug starts to tickle me... I did not want another BMW, so I took a look around. I wanted a Wagon-Estate as it is called in Europe. Volvo, Saab, A4/6? Then I passed by a Jag dealer. There it was, British Racing Green, 17 inch wheels, champagne leather, and diesel. I wanted diesel as price of fuel has been and will certainly keep on climbing in Europe. There I was looking at economical luxury.
First impressions were very positive, although it took me a while to get used to the driver's seat. Looking around the car I noticed it was more luxurious than the BMW. Yes the BMW was loaded but it was that German strict cold luxury that had appealed to me all these years. But this Classic Jag was loaded, the wood, the leather, the sound system, great 17 inch wheels, the great lines, the quiet ride.
Went back to the dealer and drove it again, still not at ease in the driver�s seat. I pushed it, it reacted. I took it on side roads outside Geneva and pushed it way over speed limits again and again. Front wheel drive needs getting used to. It has a forgiving drive, in other words it ends up pointing in the right direction. (I miss the skidding rear of my x-BMWs-Porsches and the fun compensating). It was a loose ride compared to the BMW. However, much more comfortable.
Took it to the mountains, attacked the winding roads.It passed the test in flying colors. Took it on the free way, 5th gear and forgot I had a manual gear car.
I bought the car January 2005 and have not looked back since. A few 'teething' quirks, nothing serious, fixed by the dealer.
Jag has finally attacked the car segmnent dominated by BMW and Audi. And what a car. Comfort, luxury, power, reliable (rated 13th, top 12 were Japanese cars, in a study in the UK covering 55,000 cars, German cars were lower on the list).
Move over BMW 3/5, Audi 4/6...read morehide
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- overpriced contour
This is a rebadged Ford in every way. Jaguar needs to distinguish itself better from Ford as a true luxury brand.
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- great looks; head-turner
- luggage area too small for more than 2 large suitcases plus a carryon
Rented an X-type for the weekend. Handled well, lots of affirmative comments from curious observers in parking lots, etc. In general, I'd give it a 'thumbs up'!
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