- sedan 115,557
- below average 350
- 4,995 fair
- Muncy, PA
- 5 months
- below average 350 sedan 115,557 gasoline green automatic
2004 jaguar x-type review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-wheel drive and lower pricing make for a compelling luxury car. introductionthe jaguar x-type is coventry's entry-level luxury sedan, designed to compete with the bmw 3 series, mercedes-benz c-class, audi a4 and, to some extent, the lexus is 300 and acura tl. The performance of the jaguar compares favorably to these cars, while offering a distinct difference in feel and temperament. The x-type is elegant, comfortable, and fun to drive. Starting at $29,330, it represents a low cost of entry for a jaguar and a strong value in this highly competitive class. It also gives its owner the distinction of driving a jag. the x-type looks unmistakably like a jaguar, and that's no small design feat given its relatively compact dimensions. Better still, the x-type smells and feels like a jaguar, with all the traditional british ingredients that have defined the brand for seven decades. That makes the x-type a good choice for rain, snow and ice, and indeed it feels very secure in those conditions. for 2004, jaguar delivers the first significant changes since the x-type was introduced two years ago. There are new colors and new, larger wheel designs. Option packages have been re-aligned, and perhaps most significantly, the x-type's price-value equation has been improved. The less-expensive 2004 x-type 2. 5-liter actually costs $620 less than when the car was launched in the fall of 2001. The high-trim x-type 3. 0-liter is nearly $3,000 less than last year. All-wheel drive, which jaguar calls traction 4, comes standard. both have standard equipment expected of a jaguar: glossy sapele wood trim, connolly leather-trimmed seating, and power windows, mirrors, door locks and driver's seat. All x-types are also equipped with automatic climate control, a 120-watt am/fm/cassette, remote locking, an auto-dimming interior mirror, tilt/telescope steering wheel and heated door mirrors and windshield washers. the 2. 5-liter model comes with a five-speed manual transmission. Ordering the optional five-speed automatic 1,650) also adds a single-disc cd player, full-size spare tire and additional wood trim on the doors. the x-type 3. 0-liter adds even more standard equipment, some of which was optional last year, including a power tilt-and-slide moonroof, a split folding rear seat, automatic headlamps and a wood-and-leather steering wheel. That glossy jaguar wood is more lavishly applied inside the 3. 0. Three packages are popular: premium, sport, and luxury. The premium package 875) includes an eight-way power passenger seat and two-way power lumbar support for both front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a trip computer and homelink-compatible garage door/gate opener. the sport package 2,750) includes gray-stained wood trim, sports seats with extra side bolstering, body-colored exterior trim as opposed to chrome, a rear spoiler, dynamic stability control, a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires. It also adds xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps and a premium 320-watt alpine sound system. The manual transmission is available with this package for the same price. the luxury package 3,500) delivers jaguar's traditionally high level of luxury, starting with lamb's wool floor rugs, contrasting piping on the seats, burl walnut wood trim and more expansively applied exterior chrome. It includes reverse park aid to warn the driver of hidden obstacles, heated front seats, the alpine stereo with a six-cd changer (in the trunk), the dsc electronic stability control system, and the contents of the premium package. individually priced options for all x-type models include the heated seats 500), reverse park aid 325), and dsc 525). The gps navigation system 2,300) includes a seven-inch touch-screen that also provides control for the audio and climate systems and allows subscription to the jaguarnet emergency communication and tracking system. Voice activation for audio, climate control and the navigation system is available as a dealer-installed option. safety features include curtain-style head protection airbags for front and rear passenger, dual-stage frontal airbags and front side-impact airbags managed by a sophisticated sensor system. Anti-lock brakes (abs), pre-tensioning front safety belts with load-limiters and three-point belts for all seats are also standard. walkaroundever since ford took over jaguar, purists have been scrutinizing every move the company makes in an effort to turn up some evidence of 'fording down' the illustrious british marque. The fact that the x-type has a common ancestry with ford of europe's front-wheel-drive mondeo really got their ears up. No, and those dyed-in-the-green types at jaguar couldn't either. Thus the x-type has all-wheel drive, a happy state that would probably not have come about had designers started with a clean sheet of paper. In reality, only about 20 percent of the x-type has any connection to the mondeo. the x-type is clearly a jaguar. It looks more like the full-size xj than the more retro, mid-size s-type, which was jaguar's first effort to broaden its customer base. the x-type is some 7 inches shorter than the s-type. So the challenge facing the x-type designers was to make a relatively short car look low and long. They did it using lots of horizontal lines, body sculpting and a high-tailed wedge shape, though the wedge is more obvious in photographs than in person. The illusion is generally successful and the x-type looks bigger on the road than its dimensions suggest. the design of the grille and headlamps, with fluting that sweeps back over the hood, make the x-type look like a baby xj. The front view is broadened with two sets of side-by-side round lights flanking jaguar's traditional horizontal split grille. This makes it look more conservative than the s-type, which features a unique round grille. Riding the hood of the x-type is the traditional bounding jaguar known as the bonnet leaper. Such hood ornaments are outlawed in europe, so x-types there make do with the flat, full-faced jaguar known as the growler. the visual stance of the x-type is not affected by the all-wheel-drive system. To try to gain awareness for the all-wheel-drive, the 2004 x-type models have added an 'awd' badge on the trunk chrome. This is a ground-loving vehicle that makes the eye believe it is longer and lower than it is, and bigger as well. What at first blush seems to be busy-ness about the indents, horizontal lines and visual cues of jaguarness fades with on-going exposure, evolving into acceptance and even appreciation. Anyway, the car looks better on the road than it does in pictures, or even in the showroom. interiorthis is a real jag on the inside, too. Jaguar's leather and wood are done as well as they were in the days when those luxury touches were not added to every model on the road. the standard seats are quite good, supportive and comfortable, and they can be adjusted every which way. Aggressive side bolstering is added with the sport package, which is appropriate for more aggressive driving. Side bolstering requires more effort when getting in and out of the seat, however, so the sport package is best left for those who love spirited roadwork. We had no trouble flinging the car around with the standard seats. the cabin has a spacious feel, and outward visibility is enhanced by the slimness of the roof pillars. With the elevation of the driver's seat easily adjustable, drivers of varying heights have an excellent forward view over the hood. The outside mirrors are particularly generous in size, a welcome safety feature at a time when the mirrors on some of the german cars appear to be getting smaller. all the switchgear operates intuitively. 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. People of all body types will find a comfortable home in the x-type. The doors have a handy tray near the door handle, as well as a large main pocket. There are dozens of nooks to stow phones, cassettes, cds, pens, maps or tissues, even ice scrapers and an umbrella. There's even a retractable hook in the glovebox release to hold a handbag, small shopping bag or take-out. The center console is small, however, and there is only one cupholder. the design of the x-type isn't all about style. The trunk is big, something that can't be said for all jaguars. With 16 cubic feet of cargo space, the x-type beats the impressive trunk on the audi a4 (13. 4 cubic feet) and the relatively din.
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