Car reviews - Jaguar - X-Type - 2.1 sedan
Jaguar's first front-wheel drive takes aim at Germany's established prestige sedans
28 Aug 2002
THERE'S a lot to like about the X-Type, Jaguar's first compact sedan and, therefore, its first rival for mid-sized prestige icons like BMW's 3 Series. There's a well sorted chassis, the best ergonomics ever offered in a Jag, good value and a general feeling of quality and refinement. Oh, and that unique exterior styling. Now comes the least costly, entry level version of the smallest Jaguar - a car aimed at attracting younger buyers to the big cat fold in greater numbers. As such, it is the first front-wheel drive Jaguar - a fact we, and no doubt many potential customers, are prepared to overlook given the price. But its smaller 2.1-litre V6 (necessitated to prevent cannibalisation of 2.5 and 3.0-litre X-Types) is quite likely the smallest capacity Jaguar too - a fact that is painfully obvious from behind the wheel.
Model release date: 1 May 2002 to 1 June 2010
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