Top Gear’s guilty pleasures: the Jaguar X-Type

TG staffer admits desire for Jag’s Noughties 3 Series rival

Prior to you begin, yes I recognize that the Jaguar X-Type was a Ford Mondeo beneath, yes it was based on a front-wheel drive/four-wheel drive platform shared with the Land Vagabond Freelander when its opponents (really instead good automobiles like the E46 BMW 3 Collection and also W203 Mercedes C-Class) were mainly rear-wheel drive, and yes it never got to the sales heights that Buzz and its Ford Premier Automotive Team emperors imagined for it, but also for some reason I’ve obtained a little bit of a thing for it. Possibly it’s the hopelessly retro styling. Maybe I’m simply weird.

Anyway, a little bit of background that you possibly already recognize: the X-Type cocktail lounge was launched in 2001 with the only powertrain choices being 2.5 or 3.0-litre V6 gasolines, both with 4WD. A front-wheel drive, 2.0-litre gasoline got here later that year (cue outrage from Jaaaag fanatics), and it took till mid 2003 for a diesel to join the variety. An instead huge oversight at the time, it needs to be said. The gloriously useful estate – the initial Jag manufacturing auto developed by Ian Callum – ultimately went on sale in 2004. Not specifically rapid advancement, then.

Ford desired Jaguar to move 100,000 X-Types yearly, but in reality simply over 350,000 were offered worldwide during 8 years of manufacturing at the Halewood plant on Merseyside. Whoops.

It was facelifted in 2008, whereupon the grille was a lot boosted (bringing it in line with the additionally recently facelifted, as well as admittedly much better-looking, XJ) yet the indoor stayed decidedly old-fashioned and also gasoline engines were dropped in the UK. X-Types did feature natural leather and genuine wood as typical though, which naturally was wonderful information for manufacturing expenses and also construct times …

Alas, it could not have actually been the 3 Series awesome that Buzz had expected, then, yet the X-Type would certainly be my guilty enjoyment for the sheer variety it covers. Her Maj, The Queen of England, was on a regular basis seen driving hers for many years and was also papped behind the wheel of a facelifted estate in November 2021, 3 days after she was suggested to relax by physicians. We’ll assume that was a car, then.

When those photos appeared in the UK press, not just did I assume ‘good on her’, I also located myself considering second-hand X-Type estates in British Competing Green with silver wheels as well as light interior trim. Speak about ageing remarkably.

If you want to look a little less regal, however, you can additionally grab a V6-engined 4WD barroom for outright peanuts these days. I’m not generally a follower of black on black, yet pre-facelift vehicles with the original Sport trim and also big wheels can look correctly alarming with great paint and also their chrome addendums dimmed. You can dip into being a Bond bad guy’s henchman for around ₤ 1,500. Deal. Simply do not mention the six different recalls …