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There aren't that many saloons from a decade-plus ago that can carry four in relative luxury at reasonable pace and still achieve 50+ MPG consistently. Having owned the X-Type for two years, I can honestly say I will miss this car when I decide to trade up as it's one of the few cars I've owned that leaves me more relaxed at the end of a journey that at the start. I have always loved the looks which I know divide some people. As much as the new-generation Jags have grown on me since their introduction,I don't think they have the timeless elegance of the XJ, X-Type and even the S-Type, and I love the flowing feline lines of the car. Performance-wise, the 2.0 diesel has plenty of torque with the turbo providing excellent overtaking ability, making it feel more powerful that 130 PS, though you do need to work the engine for quick manoeuvres in traffic. The gearbox is fine, though first requires effort. I'd have preferred an auto which would suit the manners of the car better, but only the 2.2D models were offered with this option. It handles confidently and predictably, even in adverse conditions, with lots of grip, but it's not a sporty set-up. Related to this, the ride is surprisingly soft and supple, making for relaxed cruising, with only very bad potholes being transmitted into the cabin. I have suffered from an ongoing rear suspension rattle which has proved elusive and annoying, again quite common by all accounts, but it hasn't caused a test failure yet. The boot is good for its class, and split folding rear seats make it practical for Ikea visits. The interior is a nice place to be, if a little tight for headroom and legroom in the rear. The dash is attractively designed with clear nicely illuminated instruments, though the climate control is fiddly and bluetooth connectivity is poor, but most switches are good quality and everything still works. Mine is the face-lifted S version finished in black leather with piano black inserts which is a little austere. I'd have preferred the cream interior and wood, but beware the cream half-leather seats soil very easily. Standard equipment on the face-lifted (2008-10) run-out models is great (mine has 17" alloys, A/C, climate control, cruise control, folding mirrors, front/ rear park sensors, all electric windows, mirrors and seats, auto-dip rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, auto lights, and half-leather). I suffered one breakdown due to a seized dual-mass flywheel which necessitated a full clutch replacement, less than 30,000 miles after the previous owner reportedly replaced it. It's transpired this is an Achilles Heel of the car, and DMFs have been known to go that quickly. Otherwise, it's been reliable with no warning lights or electronic faults and only normal maintenance, making running costs very reasonable. Avoid being tempted by the silky smooth petrol engines which are very thirsty.
How reliable do you find the car?Suffered a breakdown caused by a seized clutch. Everything else normal wear-and-tear.
About their car
- Fuel type Diesel
- When purchased June 2017
- Condition when bought Used
- Current Mileage 128,000 miles
- Average MPG 50 mpg
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