With a sleek and stylish exterior and a beautifully designed interior, the Jaguar X-Type is a step in the right direction for the company. Jaguar has taken many successful parts from other models and applied them to the X-Type, increasing performance and making for a more enjoyable drive. The newer models now offer a diesel alternative which can be slightly cheaper than the petrol models Autel Diaglink, which is good news for those who want to buy a second hand car, but don't want to have to pay expensive running costs.


Unusually small for a Jaguar, the X-Type is surprisingly fun and easy to drive and with an attractive design and a sleek, finished interior the X-Type is very visually appealing. The X-Type comes equipped with all the new-fangled technology such as a good stereo system, SATNAV, and Bluetooth telephone provision in order to keep everyone happy and entertained for both long journeys and short distances. The X-Type is also designed to reduce audio pollution from outside and engine sounds, but the engine will be heard if the X-Type is pushed competitively.


The Jaguar X-Type comes with a number of safety features to ensure the wellbeing of all passengers. Occupancy sensing restraint systems Autel MaxiSys MS906TS, front seat mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers, along with the standard features such as anti-lock brakes and traction control ensures safety is one of the top priorities of this motor.


One issue of the X-Type is the amount of space available. Although a comfortable car with elegant leather upholstery, the X-Type is lacking in space and especially the rear seat passengers may notice a decline in leg room that can become uncomfortable when faced with long journeys. Front seat passengers seem to be better off and have adequate space to move around in, but in families with small children irritation may be high on the horizon with a lack of room in the rear passenger seats.


As a used car the older models of the X-Type fetch from around £3,000 to £7,000. Newer and more technological models, along with the diesel alternative can be as cheap as £8,000 stretching up to £26,000. The X-Type was designed to appeal to younger drivers however the price tag even for a recently new second hand car may deter new drivers from actually buying it.


The X-Type would have been more successful with younger and new drivers if it had been more economic. Though the X-Type can manage up to 20mpg in city and urban areas and a fairly nice 39mpg on motorways, it is not economically efficient enough for a car of its size. Insurance rates are especially worrying for new drivers and coupled with the initial price of the used car and its running costs, the X-Type is not economically ideal for newer drivers looking to buy their first car. Neither is it entirely suitable for families, although smaller families may prefer it to a more bulky car if willing to sacrifice boot space.


The X-Type is more ideal for competitive or casual drivers who like to have fun with a car that can perform and is easy and fun to drive.

Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Jaguar cars.
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