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2004 Jaguar X-Type AWD

In short: A lovable, safe and luxurious compact sedan.

The British brand newly controlled by Ford is out to put an array of seductive models on the market. These new specimens incorporate new technologies and features to compete in the fierce jungle of the automobile business. In this case, let’s go with an all-wheel drive version. We typically like this concept for safety and handling.

Approaching the beast from the outside, there are no signs to distinguish it from other X-Types. In the case of our test model, we particularly liked the new color schemes, both outside (topaz) and inside. You get a definite Jaguar styling in the cabin, instantly delivering elements of luxury (smooth leather, rich real grained wood) which will make you want to spend time in it. Set up the front seats any which way you want, tune in your favorite station, have the climate control keep you at your desired temperature and you are ready to go.

Should you want to share this elegant experience, people in the back seat, unless they’re small, might not have the best time. But because it is compact, the car is quite nimble in the city and a charm to maneuver. On the highway, it is quite stable and corners admirably. Nevertheless, we felt and heard something along the lines of sympathetic resonance in the drivetrain at higher speeds (those much above the posted speed limit, if you have to ask).

There are a bunch of new age airbags and all systems are very well-designed for the driver’s use, keeping in mind the rules of ergonomics. Switches on and around the steering wheel make it easy to operate the radio, cruise control, DVD navigation and other things. Of course, you may choose to engage in dialogue via Jaguar-Voice, should you wish to select that option at your dealer.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile warranty, roadside assistance including tire changing and fuel delivery and fully inclusive scheduled maintenance for the duration of the warranty.

Price as tested: $35,740

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

V6, 227 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm

JATCO JF506E electronic 5-speed automatic with Hitachi 16 bit ECM

Smart system monitoring airbags with driver's seat position sensor, front passenger weight sensor, seat belt use and crash severity

Top Speed:
121 mph (electronically limited)

0-60 mph in 7.1 sec.

Bosch 5-7 Type, electronically controlled with ABS and EBD; 4 channel system with 8 valve module

Fuel Economy:
18 city/ 25 highway

Handling: Independent MacPherson strut type front suspension with twin bearing upper mounting; independent multi-link rear suspension with tie-blade

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(Updated: 02/14/08 HC)