TOY BOX: X-Type offers a good entry into Jaguar

What can I say? I'm an old school type of guy. That's probably why I enjoyed just sitting in the 2004 Jaguar X-Type 3.0.

What can I say? I'm an old school type of guy. That's probably why I enjoyed just sitting in the 2004 Jaguar X-Type 3.0.

The X-Type has gotten mixed reviews in the auto press - some saying that it's not Jaguar-like enough in terms of luxury - but I liked it. The X-Type is Jaguar's entry-level car, meaning you can get one for around $30,000. That's more than I've ever spent on a car, so I asked a friend of mine who has a BMW and a Porsche to try out the X-Type with me. (He's an attorney, what can I say?) He said it compared favorably with his BMW in terms of both its ride and how it's equipped. I liked the feel of the leather seats and the interior wood trim, though having only a single-disc CD player seemed a bit underwhelming. The heated front seats are a nice feature to have for Chicago winters. The metallic paint looked cool, but making it a $595 option irked me a bit. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. ----- Price $36,565 (model tested); base price of tested model: $33,330 Available at Jaguar dealers Specs 227 horsepower, V6 engine; five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels. Also available with 192 horsepower V6. Mileage: 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.

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