The Road Ahead : August 2010
jaguar x-type 2.1 sedan 02-09 REVIEW JOHN EWING Jaguar's entry-level offering from earlier this century was aimed more at the broader market than the marque's traditional demographics. WITH X-TYPE, JAGUAR went stalking R sales in the prestige compact sedan market. More affordable than other Jags, and with all-wheel-drive or, horror-of- horrors, front-drive, it was a radical change from the luxury British breed's rear-drive traditions. From 2002 the new entry level X-Type was the 2.1-litre front-wheel-drive model, joining its larger engine capacity, 'all-paw' (all wheel drive) siblings released the year before. It shared the same all-alloy AJ V6, albeit with shortened stroke. The then company owner, Ford, raided their Mondeo parts bins to develop X-Type, while endeavouring to retain traditional Jaguar look, feel and refinement. Specifications and model designation varied according to year, and later versions offering upgraded equipment levels and cosmetic changes. Standard items on all models included eight airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, alloys, air conditioning and leather trim. There's plentiful luxury options too. Electronic stability control wasn't standard until 2007. Engine-wise, it's the runt of the pedigree litter with the smallest displacement of any Jaguar to-date. On the road it shows, with the V6's low and mid-range torque deficit and a kerb mass around 1500 kg making it tough going. If worked hard for best progress, expect fuel economy to suffe r. The most popular gearbox is the five- speed auto, though earlier base models could be had with five-speed manual. Traditionally plush ride, precise handling and comfortable seating best limited to four, complete the picture. It's the Jag for 'beer pocket champagne taste' buyers, so used cars that haven't been carefully serviced and maintained are common -- avoid them. Common costly problems include leaking water pumps, cracking coolant reservoirs, worn sway bar and suspension bushes, noisy front strut top mounts, oil leaks (especially sump gaskets), and lifting dash vents. Check autos for proper operation and shifting without flare. A reconditioned 'box is about $7500. UNDER THE PUMP X-Type 2.1 will use between 7.4 litres and 14.5 litres of premium (95 RON) fuel every 100 km, depending on model and driving conditions. PRICE RANGE From $11,100 to $44,300 depending on year and model. visit www.roadahead.com.au/motoring MORE INFO NEED HELP? RACQ CAN HELP WITH CAR FINANCE (CALL 1300 361 316), VEHICLE INSPECTIONS (CALL 13 1905) AND INSURANCE (CALL 13 1905). MOTORING USED CAR REVIEW WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 52 THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEPT 2010 COMPETITORS AUDI A4 2002-2009 High quality finish, smooth and comfortable. 2.0-litre non-turbo or, depending on year, beefier 1.8-litre turbo engine. Slick CVT, five-speed or six-speed manual models. Front drive and Quattro (AW D ) versions. ESC standard. MERCEDES BENZ C180K AND C200K CLASSIC 2002-2008 W203 and W204 series in year range. Rear wheel drive.1.8-litre supercharged 4-cyl, offers reasonable performance, blower helps compensate for small capacity. ESC standard. Later W204 series feel more solid. BMW 320I 2005-2009 Rear wheel drive, renowned sporty chassis dynamics suits keener drivers. Taut ride. 115 kW and 200 Nm from 2.0-litre, 4-cyl engine. Responsive engine but chassis deserves more brawn. Choice of 6-speed auto or manual. ESC standard. o 6 speed auto o a ua . SC sta da d.
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