SUVs are too big and require too much gasoline, why
not slim down and become more stylish? For 2005, Jaguar
has three models in the X-Type series: a VDP luxury
model, a Sport
model and our tester, the brand-new Sportwagon just introduced on the North American market. For a
long time in Europe, station wagons remained popular.
Now Jaguar joins the ranks of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, SAAB and others in this urban-and-country car trend. And
they’ve kept the price right to compete in this
sportwagon definitely won't be as practical as
a pick-up truck or an SUV, but at least you’ll
be driving a real car that manages to achieve 50 cubic
feet of cargo space. We like the rear pop-up window
that doesn’t require you to open the entire hatch
and the 70/30 split-folding rear seat that folds without
removing the headrests.
engineers mounted a nifty little V6 with 227 horsepower.
Unfortunately, the acceleration is unimpressive, and
it gets rather loud quickly if you floor it. But when
it gets going, it purrs along quite nicely. The car
handles effortlessly due to the all-wheel-drive mechanism,
brakes well and is totally easy to drive.
it's a tame kitty that offers comfort and safety,
and it looks cool in the driveway or in the supermarket
parking lot, much cuter than a mammoth Hummer anyway.
Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, complimentary
scheduled maintenance, 24/7 roadside assistance.