Car Reviews: Jaguar X-Type Estate 3.0 V6 SE – The AA

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Elegant yet looks Silky smooth experience Petrol engines suitable soundtrack High level as standard

Gripes

Non drive models less fun to Smallish load area all seats in place Rear do not fold completely flat grilles of Sport models looks

The first ever estate, the X-Type Estate is so one could be forgiven for thinking the firm had been building cars for decades. If anything, it is more attractive than the upon which it is based.

against premium estates as the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series and Volvo V50, the X-Type certainly needs to be up to speed and it is.

Designer Ian Callum has performed a by turning the gawky-looking X-Type into a balanced, streamlined car that successfully straddles the between classic Jaguar and the showy sportiness required to to the ‘lifestyle estate’ clientele. either a high-speed shooting or a luxuriously appointed sportwagon, upon where you care to the emphasis.

Everything from the B-pillars is completely new, including the doors and roofline. What seems to be new is a welcome attention to so that even though the is nominally the same as earlier it feels much more built.

In all the excitement about the new shape, it’s easy to an equally significant development the arrival of all-wheel drive on the 2.5 and 3.0 models. The smaller-engined front-wheel models are decent enough, but the drive variants are pin sharp and rivals to Audi’s quattro-equipped Backed up by a sporty but comfortable set-up and engines that plenty of power without overwhelming, this may be the best-driving car on the road

Our verdict on the Jaguar Estate 3.0 V6 SE

Far from being a forced step into the market, the X-Type Estate is the article. Jaguar has created a great driving vehicle also rates high for and desirability. Not bad for a first go.

Costs

Nothing with a tag comes cheap, and the X-Type requires a reasonable income to be a option. It’s worth that there are several, Japanese, estates on the market are cheaper to buy and run, bigger and not far in terms of quality either, as the Mazda 6, Toyota Avensis and Accord.

If premium is definitely thing, the Jag’s running and costs compare favourably its competitors, particularly as it comes more equipment as standard. The generally has a good reliability though only time tell whether the extra of the all-wheel drive system has any

Space and practicality

At long – a practical Jaguar. For a that sometimes in the past has had a to view bootspace as an unreasonable from buyers, the X-Type biggest asset isn’t to figure out. With in place the loadspace isn’t as as might be expected, but collapse the seats (thankfully you don’t need to remove the headrests to do so) and the Jag overtakes virtually all of its rivals for luggage capacity (1,415

Those rear seats can be to fit one, two or three people. rails come as standard, so types can fix their surf/snowboards too much bother.

Controls and

Comfort

Car security

Car safety

One of the comprehensive passive safety available in the premium estate includes occupancy-sensing restraint dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted airbags and side curtain for both front and rear Oft-overlooked features such as restraints and strong rear mountings – invaluable to things crashing through the on impact – are also It feels like a safe and vehicle.

Driver appeal

A could be made that the Estate actually drives than the X-Type Saloon. that may not be the case, but subjectively the car a remarkable ability to grip the accelerate keenly and generally in a manner many executive would envy. It’s no to say this can claim to be the best-driving car on the road today.

All-wheel drive models are the responsive and enthusiastic drivers do well to select either the 2.5 V6 or 3.0 V6 which achieve a level of sportiness. The key to this performance is the excellent rigidity in all conditions and a judged compromise between and a firm ride.

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First car appeal

Quality and

The X-Type Estate looks as if it fare better than its counterpart in direct comparisons rivals. Worries that a Estate would look a desperate measure have to be completely unfounded. That badge on the grille is still an asset, and displays a more character than Audi or Necessary improvements to build have been made.

values are likely to stay for years to come, and the range enough variants to appeal to tastes without losing essential ‘Jag-ness’.

Accessibility

Tailgate opening and is helped by a pair of gas-filled that make it seem light. It can easily be opened one hand thanks to the fob controls and through almost 90 degrees to excellent access. The rear can be opened separately and has its own control Doors are somewhat heavier but very easy to pass

Often, estates feature or clumsily shaped rear from the saloon cars are based upon. This is not the with the X-Type – the doors are entirely new.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

The standard fit 120-watt sound system with slot CD player is impressive but the upgraded 320-watt Premium is astounding. Slip the Buena Social Club into the and you’d swear there a couple of elderly Cubans in the seats playing the bongos. wheel mounted controls are on all SE and Sport models and optional on

The steering wheel also the cruise control buttons.

opening tailgate is a welcome on the baby Jag load-lugger

Colours and

Differences in interior and exterior are intended to give the X-Type appeal to different buyers so for instance, more traditional will opt for a British Racing SE-spec car while younger will choose a bright red car. As a result, cars can quite different to each both inside and out, it can be different to tell Sport and cars apart. Restrained certainly lend a more air to the X-Type Estate and will be easier to sell on.

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A run-flat tyre is as standard, but buyers can choose to to a full-sized spare as a cost if they prefer.

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