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2008 Jaguar X-Type Review

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

The 2008 Jaguar X-Type offers status-conferring brand name, a comfortable ride and respectable handling. The styling is generally well liked, but the interior is seen as below the Jaguar brand, and the rear seats are cramped. Discontinued after this year, most say the X-Type has never been able to compete with its competitors, and better performance and value are offered with the BMW 3-Series.

For every review that liked the Jaguar X-Type, there were two that didn't. Engineered to be a competitive entry-level luxury sedan, the X-Type suffers from a split personality: Jaguar styling and refinement coupled with Ford underpinnings that simply can't compete in the luxury sport sedan segment. Car and Driver writes, "It tries hard to be a Jaguar, but the X-Type is actually based on a Ford and can't escape its plebeian roots."

Largely a carryover from 2007 the X-Type now offers more standard equipment, including 10-way powered driver and passenger seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Jaguar asserts that the 2008 model receives more significant changes: "The Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle . . . With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new generation X-TYPE retains all the original car's strengths, and adds some new ones of its own." Nevertheless, the X-Type comes with a high cost of ownership, and there are plans to discontinue it following the 2008 model year.

  • In addition to its complaints sited above, Car and Driver adds, "Refinement and chassis dynamics aren't quite up to par with the competition, and the X-type isn't cheap either. Unless you're enamored with the styling, look elsewhere." -- Car and Driver
  • "Some critics have never considered the car a true Jaguar." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Jaguar X-Type is a pleasant drive and gets a respectable level of standard equipment, including dynamic stability control, a moonroof and split-folding rear seat." -- Forbes
  • "Jaguar knows it missed an opportunity with the X-type. A better small car could have done the brand a world of good." -- Detroit Free Press
Review Last Updated: 7/11/08

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