Jaguar has done well to play upon their heritage as one of Britain's premiere luxury and sport car makers. With a strong tradition of motorsports competition, as well as an image deeply imbued with the type of class and style that are required in order to stand out in the annals of luxury automobiles, Jaguar is the first choice of those interested in making a strong but at the same time understated automotive expression. Whereas other car companies competing with Jaguar had been quick to expand their lineup with a somewhat vulgar array of sport-utility vehicles and crossovers in order to capture market share, Jaguar remained remarkably reserved in their offerings, preferring for a very long time to remain the purveyor of exclusively sedans, coupes or convertibles.
This all changed in 2005. Recognizing that Jaguar was losing ground amongst younger buyers who were often unable to afford the steep cost of admission into Jaguar's upscale product matrix, Ford, the automaker's new owner, decided that a small and somewhat affordable car was needed in order to help steer this moneyed youth into Jaguar showrooms. With the debut of the X-Type in 2002, Jaguar could now claim to field a fairly complete sedan lineup. However, Ford was not convinced that a sedan alone would be capable of providing the kind of cross-demographic appeal that they were going for, and the decision was made to provide a sport wagon edition of the X-Type to complement the four door.
The automotive industry reacted with shock and disbelief - a Jaguar station wagon? While the indignation of both the press and British motoring traditionalists was loud and filled with much huffing and puffing about dignity and history, the reality of the situation was such that many other premium car companies such as Audi and BMW had been offering wagon editions of their vehicles for years. Jaguar had long been chided by reporters and critics for not keeping up with the Joneses when it came to evolving with the changing needs of the auto market, and so the production of a station wagon was more overdue than unnecessary. It was also hoped that the Jaguar X-Type wagon would be able to breath some life into the model's flagging sales.
This article talks about the best used wagon available from Jaguar, the 2005 - 2007 X-Type, a vehicle which adds a brand new level of utility to a marque that has never before seen such a practical automobile leave its dealer lots.
2005 - 2007 Jaguar X-Type Wagon
While the idea of a small Jaguar wagon might seem strange to some, in person the vehicle actually does not look at that out of place when compared to the rest of the vehicles fielded by the luxury car company. The traditional Jaguar grille, headlights and front fenders lead back to a rear cargo area that doesn't appear to be an afterthought but rather a logical extension of the X-Type's haunches. The wagon also compares favorably to the Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series wagon against which it competes.
The 2005 - 2007 Jaguar X-Type wagon uses the same standard engine as the sedan, a 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 227 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. This is yoked to a 5-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels, helping the wagon maintain traction in slippery conditions. The system is biased towards the rear wheels in order to help maintain a sporty driving experience free from understeer. The wagon also sees good fuel economy, with a rating of 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 on the highway.
The X-Type wagon certainly doesn't skimp on interior room. All told, once the rear passenger seats have been folded forward the vehicle can hold an impressive 50 cubic feet of cargo. With the seats up, the wagon is rated at the same 16 cubic feet as the sedan's trunk. Materials are of the same quality as one would expect in a full-size Jaguar, and there is no evidence of cost cutting or shortcuts taken when it comes to the wagon's interior trim. Leather seats are standard, as is automatic climate control and a full range of power accessories.
The 2005 - 2007 Jaguar X-Type wagon is a unique beast, an uncommon vehicle to find on the road and an excellent counterpoint to the Swedish and German wagons that dominate the luxury compact used wagon market.