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2008 Jaguar X-Type Interior

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

The X-Type's interior is nicer than the interior of the average car, but it falls short of meeting the expectations of the Jaguar name and the excellent interiors delivered by most of the cars in its class.

"Standard leather and wood strive for an upscale cabin ambience, but some of the plastics disappoint" says Consumer Guide.

Car and Driver offers a mild disagreement about the five-seater, saying the X-Type has "attractive interior furnishings."

Seating

Most reviewers find the seating space in the 2008 Jaguar X-Type adequate. Edmunds reports that there is enough room "for four adults to sit comfortably, and the seats are well-shaped, but shoving five in is tight." Kelley Blue Book takes issue with the seats: "If you are bigger than averages, the X-Type's narrow seats may feel somewhat cozy."

CarsDirect finds the placement of seats and controls to be comfortable and predicts that they would help the X-Type appeal to women. "The silky appeal of Jaguars has made them a favorite with women, and the woman buyer figured early in planning the ergonomics of the X-Type." The reviewer continues, "While there is no evident feminization, this thinking is obvious in controls that fall within easy reach and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, allowing her to adjust perfectly to the car. Good ergonomics know no gender, however, and the X-Type adjusts to men quite swimmingly."

Getting into (and out of) the back seats was mentioned by a number of test drivers as an issue. Consumer Guide observes that "narrow doorways compromise entry/exit", and Edmunds agrees, chiming in that "Tight rear-seat entry [makes] rear ingress and egress difficult."

Interior Features

Standard features on the X-Type hint at its luxury car pedigree, even if some reviewers don't find the materials used up to snuff. Edmunds complains that some interior parts are "more Ford-like than Jaguar-esque." Kelley Blue Book, on the other hand, finds things to like and things to complain about. "The X-Type's seats, door panels and headliner are all beautifully put together; the fine leathers and elegant stitch patterns on the seat faces are truly lovely. The dash, on the other hand, has the outline of a Jaguar's panel, but the gauges, climate controls and audio controls just don't look or feel like they belong in a car of this distinction." Summing up the disappointment of many reviewers, MSN says "the cabin is a bit tight, road noise is pronounced, and fit and finish falls a little short of luxury-car expectations." Leather seating is standard, as is a 120-watt AM/FM stereo with CD, a power moonroof, power windows and doors, automatic air conditioning with pollen filter, and an eight-way power drivers seat.

A navigation system is available on the X-Type, as is Bluetooth phone connectivity. In addition, the base model can be upgraded to a 320-watt Alpine® premium sound system with AM/FM radio and single in-dash CD player.

Cargo

The X-Type sedan has a trunk with 16 cubic feet of cargo room. Reviewers were generally pleased with the cargo space, which was observed to be competitive for the class.

Review Last Updated: 7/11/08

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