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2008 Jaguar X-Type Wagon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Jaguar X-Type Wagon was new.

The interior of the Jaguar X-Type Wagon has a distinctive Jaguar touch, but some call it old-fashioned. "The interior is well intended but dated," says the Los Angeles Times, "reflecting a sensibility drawn from Jaguars of a decade before." Any old-fashioned qualities are irrelevant to the reviewer for Forbes, who writes, "Like the exterior (from the front, at least), the interior design of the X-Type Wagon is reminiscent of Jaguar's top model, the XJ."

Edmunds says the materials aren't up to snuff, and "for its price of entry, this Jaguar should offer more quality materials and refinement -- copious amounts of sapele wood trim and leather aren't enough." Consumer Guide agrees: "Standard leather and wood strive for an upscale cabin ambience, but some of the plastics disappoint." Otherwise, the X-Type Wagon's interior is comfortable, at least in the front seats, and has a good set of entry-level luxury features.

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Seating

Jaguar says that the X-Type Wagon has seating for five, but this may be optimistic. "Four small or average-size adults will fit snugly," says Forbes, "and a fifth can squeeze in the rear seat." And the Chicago Sun-Times says, "There's good room for four tall adults in the upscale interior." But Newsday feels that "the X-Type wagon will accommodate five people, transporting them smoothly and in fairly quiet luxury." And the Boston Globe says simply, "It is a very comfortable car in the front cabin, where space is ample and the seats are gripping."

"Adequate six-footer head room," says Consumer Guide of the front row, with seats that are "narrower and softer than the European norm but have good support." The back row is a different story. "The backseat area is cramped,"  says Forbes, though they also note that the X-Type Wagon "offers more rear headroom than the sedan." Newsday says, "Rear-seaters don't get a whole lot of legroom." And the Boston Globe finds rear seat legroom "can be a bit tight if front-seat passengers get greedy. The middle seat on the rear bench is best for short hauls." However, Consumer Guide says the X-Type Wagon's back seats have as "much usable space as any direct rival."

Interior Features

The 2008 Jaguar X-Type Wagon's dashboard controls are mostly well-designed and useable. Newsday says, "Controls and gauges are, respectively, ease to use and easy to read." However, there are problems with the J-gate Shifter. "Automatic transmission has Jaguar's J-shaped gate selector," says Consumer Guide, "which some testers fault for imprecise action and difficulty of use in manual mode." And Newsday finds, "Downshifting the automatic transmission manually requires one to nudge the stick forward - opposite of the way most of these types of automatic transmissions work and also counterintuitive. (Pushing the stick forward to go faster and backward to go slower would seem to make more sense.)"

Standard interior features on the 2008 Jaguar X-Type include Bronze Sapele wood veneer trim on the console and on doors, automatic climate control, one-touch power moonroof, and an AM/FM sound system with a single in-dash CD player. Forbes says that the X-Type Wagon "gets a respectable level of standard equipment, including dynamic stability control, a moonroof and a split-folding rear seat." And the Boston Globe writes there is "a relatively impressive array of standard equipment." Road and Track says "the standard leather seating surfaces, an 8-way adjustable power driver's seat, and dual front and side curtain airbags are what you would expect from an entry-level luxury car."

Cargo

The 50 cubic feet maximum cargo space in the 2008 Jaguar X-Type Wagon is at least adequate for a station wagon. According to Consumer Guide, the wagon has more cargo space than the sedan and an average capacity for the class. Forbes warns that there's not much space with the seats up, but "it can hold a surprising amount of stuff" once backseats are folded. Similarly, the Boston Globe says, "With the rear seat folded down, this high-roofline car is quite commodious. Bins in the walls of the rear cargo area mean plenty of space for packing, antiquing, or hauling outdoor gear." Newsday says no folding is necessary, as "there's a surprising amount of luggage space behind the second seat."

Review Last Updated: 7/31/08

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