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2008 Jaguar X-Type Performance

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

The X-Type offers a driving experience that probably won't live up to the standards of most enthusiasts. "The X-type can be driven with some zeal. But not happily," complains Car and Driver.

Car and Driver also laments that the X-Type has, "Marginal power from V-6, no manual-transmission option, [and is] under-damped, under-sprung.

For most everyday drivers who want refinement and a respected brand name over sporty cornering and road feel, the X-Type will do just fine. MSN reports "the 3.0-liter V6 is a lively performer, and the automatic shifts smoothly. Handling is fairly nimble and controllable. The ride is supple." Consumer Guide also liked the ride, saying the X-type "takes bumps as a solid unit, stable at speed, befitting sports/luxury positioning…AWD maintains outstanding grip, even when powering out of wet corners. Steering is communicative, accurate, nicely weighted."

Acceleration and Power

The 2008 Jaguar X-Type comes standard with a transverse-mounted 3.0 liter (Ford-engineered) Duratec V6 making 227 horsepower. Most reviewers rate the engine as fine for most driving conditions, but noted that it was loud and unrefined when taken to its limit -- something that people seeking a high-end runabout are not likely to do. Kelley Blue Book says "the X-Type's 3.0-liter V6 is both robust and efficient, but it lacks the refinement expected of such a high-end nameplate." Consumer Guide reports that the V6 is "class competitive at best. Test sedan did a 7.6 second 0-60. Engine not satisfyingly strong below 4000 rpm, while [the] transmissions tardy downshifts frustrate response in the 40-55 mph range." The X-Type has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway.

CarsDirect reports "the 3.0-liter V6 engine doesn't have the hard edge of BMW's inline-6, but the Jaguar's power is there early at launch and accessible over a wide range of speeds," and adds that the "five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission works very well," and is good at "keeping the X-Type's engine in the proper gear for smooth cruising or quick acceleration." For 2008, the X-Type is only available with an automatic transmission. While MSN says "the automatic shifts smoothly," Car and Driver calls the lack of a manual one of the X-Type's lows.

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers think that the X-type offers good handling. Car and Driver says that X-type's suspension is "under-damped" and "under-sprung," but that was one of only a few complaints. Made up of MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link set-up in the back, CarsDirect loves the system's rigidity, saying the suspension "translates into a car that can be tuned to ride smoothly and quietly while cornering like a cat." Consumer Guide says the suspension helps the X-Type handle "bumps as a solid unit" and stay "stable at speed." MSN adds that the suspension leads to handling that is "fairly nimble and controllable."

Consumer Guide also likes the X-Type's steering, calling it "communicative, accurate, nicely weighted." Kelley Blue Book says the steering is "responsive and direct," while Car and Driver gripes about the "resolute understeer." That understeer is a result of the X-Type's standard All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, the first standard AWD system Jaguar has made. While the system will likely drive away some rear wheel drive performance enthusiasts, CarsDirect says it "makes the X-Type a good choice for rain, snow and ice, and indeed it feels very secure in those conditions." Consumer Guide says the "AWD maintains outstanding grip, even when powering out of wet corners," and many reviewers noted that the AWD system made it possible to drive the X-Type to the limit of its tires.

Review Last Updated: 7/11/08

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