The Jaguar X-Type, released in the market as a 2002 model, received both rants and accolades from enthusiasts and reviewers because of its mix of good and bad qualities. Its superb handling and all-wheel-drive feature were commendable, but these did not overshadow the fact that the model was a product of some less-thought engineering, given that its chassis parts were merely taken from the Ford Mondeo and the Ford Contour. Living only for a short nine years, Jaguar still tried to make the unit evolve and take most of the compact sedan spotlight, but because consumers’ tastes could not be misled, the X-type just stayed as the automaker’s only model in the said segment for 30 years.
2001 – 2005: The simple features of a compact sedan
Available as a four-door sedan, the first releases of the Jaguar X-Type were equipped with an all-wheel drive, which was the selling point of this model that other Asian models rarely had. This AWD feature distributed power between the front and the rear, leaving 60 percent of the drive control to the rear of the car. Its V6 engine had a 2.5-liter displacement with a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic, which was only available as an option. X-Types had an upgraded version called the 3.0, so called because of its 3.0-liter engine paired with an automatic gearbox. Standard features included anti-lock brakes, disc brakes in all four wheels, front side airbags, leather-and-wood interior trim, and curtain side airbags. There were also optional features for consumers, which included xenon headlights, a navigation system, and voice activation for audio and climate. Aside from the base and 3.0 models, a sport package was made available, which had a suspension for sporty applications, 17-inch wheels, and an optional anti-skid feature.
2006 – 2009: The offering of standard features plus updates
Before the X-Type’s sales dropped during its last years, Jaguar decided to have some optional features standard in X-Type units. The sunroof and the rear-obstacle detection feature were some of these. In 2007, some updates brought about the power sliding moonroof, the 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Dynamic Stability Control. Similar to other Jaguar models, the X-Type still had the characteristic oval headlights, rectangular grille, arched roof, and curvaceous appearance. Although the units were said to have evolved in this generation, the cabin area still seemed to be cramped, making entering and exiting a bit difficult. Headroom was said to have improved for the sport version, plus there was an added 50 cubic feet of storage when the rear seats were folded down.