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2007 Jaguar X-Type Review

This review was written when the 2007 Jaguar X-Type was new.

The 2007 Jaguar X-Type offers a status-conferring brand name, a comfortable ride and respectable handling. Although the styling is generally well liked, the interior is considered somewhat below Jaguar standards, and the rear-seats are cramped.

For every reviewer 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. Edmunds summed up the majority opinion, saying, "if you really want a new Jaguar -- complete with "leaper" on the hood -- this is the cheapest way to get into one. And it feels it ... In a market segment that includes such brilliant performers as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti G35, the 2007 Jaguar X-Type is an also-ran."

Exterior styling is widely seen as pleasant, and while dated it is still quite appealing. However, the interior gets mixed reviews, with some test drivers noting the use of fine wood and leather and others noting parts that appeared to come from Ford's parts bin (owner of Jaguar). The rear seat in particular was seen as both cramped and hard to get into and out of. Edmunds observed that "tight rear-seat entry" made rear "ingress and egress difficult."

Writers from Edmunds conclude that the 2007 Jaguar X-Type is "a pleasant everyday companion with all-wheel drive and all-weather ability," but "is generally outclassed now by newer competitors." Kelley Blue Book adds that although the X-Type "never quite lived up to Jaguar's expectations, at least not in the U.S.," it can still bring some "style and flair at a price most social climbers will find agreeable."

Introduced in 2001 and without a major overhaul since then, the X-Type comes with standard features that can make the base price seem like a deal, including all-wheel drive, anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, leather seating, eight-way power driver's seat, a power moonroof and a plethora of air bags. Despite these standards, MSN summed up the view of many reviewers on the X-Type's value: "The car isn't as well-rounded as competitors from Audi and BMW, even though it's almost as expensive."

IntelliChoice agrees, and gives the X-Type a "poor" value rating, based on an estimated five-year cost of ownership compared to others in its class.

The 2007 Jaguar X-Type comes in two different trim levels, a four-door sedan or five-door Sportwagon.

Review Last Updated: 2/4/09

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