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Sporty Cat
2005 Jaguar X-Type 3.0
By Alain Gayot

In short: A good value, great road-holding, compact luxury sedan

For 2005, the Coventry-based manufacturer offers the U.S. market a base car in three models. All three share the same engine, horsepower and all-wheel drive (vs. the 2004), but you can get a luxury model (VDP) with burlwood, a Sportwagon or our tester: the Sport model with Alcantara seats and genuine carbon fiber dash. The base production car checks in at $32,000. Our car started at $34,000, but for another $5,000, we got:

• sport-tuned suspension
• dynamic stability control
• sport-perforated seats
• 18” Aruba wheels
• upper and lower MESH grilles
• rear spoiler
• body-colored trim finishers
• lower side sills
• exhaust tailpipe trims
• metallic paint
• carbon fiber package
• xenon headlamps with auto LVL

It’s still a good value, and you get to ride around in a cool cat. Fuel consumption is decent, and automatic membership into the Jaguar Experience Club provides you with a Jaguar warranty, Jaguar service, Jaguar assistance, (exclusive owner web pages), Jaguar magazine (quarterly Jaguar publication) and Jaguar racing (exclusive owner invitation to Jaguar’s Racing Gold Club). On top of all that, it looks great. So far Jaguar has been very successful in attracting new customers with this product line.

On the road or in the city, the car is a no-brainer: easy to get around, comfortable even with the sport-tuned suspension, easy to park. Soon a Bluetooth technology package will be available.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile warranty, 24/7 roadside assistance and complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Price as tested: $39,665

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.0 liter DOHC, 24-valve V-6 engine
- 227 horsepower

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Transmission

Safety: Driver and passenger airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, knee bolster airbag, anti-theft engine immobilizer

Top Speed: 0-60 in 7.1 seconds

Acceleration: 121 mph

Braking: Four-wheel disc brakes

Fuel Economy: 18 city/25 highway

Handling: Traction 4 all-wheel drive, variable ratio steering

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Photography: Walter Mladina

(Updated: 07/24/08 HC)

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