Jaguar X-Type

The compact 2008 Jaguar X-Type is available in two very well-equipped models: the 3.0 sedan and the Sportwagon. Both models are powered by a 227-horsepower 3.0L V6, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine is tuned for strong mid-range torque, which sees it dash to 60 mph in only 7.1 seconds while also returning 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway.

Both models come standard with Jaguar's Traction 4 all-wheel drive system, which provides 60% power to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions, but automatically compensates when the system detects slip in any wheel. Power is put to the ground through a performance-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension and dynamic stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes oversee the entire process. Both cars employ power-assisted variable-ratio power steering for high-speed stability without sacrificing maneuverability.

Like its larger Jaguar stablemates, the X-Type gets a full array of air bags, including front seat-mounted side air bags, side-impact curtain bags for all outboard occupants, and a driver's knee-bolster air bag. The Sportwagon includes a vertical cargo net aimed at retaining cargo in an accident.

Both models feature a 70/30 split-fold rear seat, though the Sportwagon is geared for more active customers, with rear seatbacks that easily fold forward to create more cargo space as needed--up to 50 cubic feet. The tailgate features a separately opening rear window for convenience, and the entire tailgate has one of the lowest lift heights available for easy loading. Standard on the Sportwagon is a reverse parking sensor and a 320-watt, ten-speaker Alpine stereo, while the sedan gets a six-speaker system.

Both X-Type models have some interior appearance features that are rare on a vehicle of this size, such as striking Bronze Sapele wood trim, along with plenty of luxury conveniences such as a power moonroof, leather upholstery, ten-way power front seats with driver side memory, and automatic climate control. The sedan wears 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Sportwagon is outfitted with 17-inch alloys.

Two Luxury Packages are available in the sedan, which feature items like leather-trimmed seats with contrasting piping, Burl Walnut veneers, 17-inch Belize or 18-inch Aruba wheels, a wood and leather steering wheel, reverse park control, and a programmable garage door opener. Other notable options across the X-Type range include DVD-based navigation, heated front seats, Bluetooth technology, Sirius satellite radio, and the 320-watt Alpine stereo, which is already standard in the Sportwagon.

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