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Jaguar X-Type

2005 Jaguar X-Type Review

Executive compact car increases model range.

Reviewed by Automotive on 7/16/2005


The 2005 Jaguar X-Type marks the smallest model in the Jaguar lineup, and for the launch of the 2005 model year, it receives an increased range of models. Not only does Jaguar adjust the trim levels, but 2005 sees the Sportwagon introduction, which marks the estate wagon version of the sedan. This makes four different options for this compact executive car.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, five-door estate wagon

Engines: 3.0-liter V-6

Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic

Models: Jaguar X-Type 3.0, Jaguar X-Type Sport, Jaguar X-Type 3.0 VDP, Jaguar X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon

What’s New

For the 2005 Jaguar X-Type launch, the main change concerns an increase in the range of models. The base model with the 2.5-liter engine leaves to make way for a more premium offering at the lowest position in the trim line. Additions to the model lineup include the Sport version, the luxury VDP (van den plas) model, and the new Sportwagon estate wagon.

All models contain the same three-liter, V-6 engine but have undergone interior and exterior enhancements when compared to the base. The 2005 Jaguar X-Type Sport has front and rear spoilers added, as well as a rear deck spoiler. It also comes fitted with a black mesh grille, 18-inch wheels, and a firmer suspension.

The VDP model marks the premium trim for the sedan. It comes equipped with upgraded leather upholstery, heated front seats, and burl walnut trim. Instead of the base 16-inch wheels, the 2005 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 VDP uses 17-inch wheels.

The 2005 Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon provides the five-door estate version of the four-door sedan. It shows a completely new design for the X-Type, and with the addition of a new acoustic package, it delivers as quiet a ride as the sedan. As with the VDP model, it features 17-inch wheels and a softer suspension than the Sport model.

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Little has changed with the 2005 Jaguar X-Type exterior, except for the addition of the Sport and Sportwagon models. From the front, the base, VDP, and Sportwagon models look almost the same, but from the back they differ. Roof rails have been added to the Sportwagon, and the back has the addition of the wagon.

Unfortunately, the rear of the Sportwagon does not look as distinct as when viewed from the front, so it gets mistaken for other estate cars in the parking lot.


The 2005 Jaguar X-Type serves as an executive car, and the interior reflects this. All leather upholstery and metal or genuine wood trim add to the upscale feel of the interior of the X-Type. Chrome accents, Alcantara leather, and carbon fiber trim become available as you progress through the trims. Seating feels comfortable, although legroom can seem tight in the rear seats.

Even in the Sportwagon, some may find legroom lacking in the rear, although the versatility of the seats allows for improvement over the sedan.

Performance Handling

All 2005 Jaguar X-Type models come equipped with a three-liter, V-6 engine that produces 227 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. Drivers have a choice between a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission on the sedan models, but the Sportwagon comes with the five-speed automatic transmission only. All models use full-time all-wheel drive, which remains unique in its class.

The model offers a good balance between the comfort of the ride and the handling. The all-wheel-drive system provides additional traction when road conditions become sub-par, but also offers additional control and less of a tendency to drift. The performance suspension ensures a smooth and comfortable ride, although the Sport version feels a bit stiffer.

Acceleration remains good both, from a stop and when passing.


2005 Jaguar X-Type’s standard safety equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, head-protecting side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. The Sport model also comes equipped with an antiskid system.

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