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2005 Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon

2005 Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon
Utility with elegance.

By Patrick Hong • Photos by Allan Rosenberg

The Jaguar X-Type is meant to be a Sportwagon. The signature quad headlamps and the marque's split grille lead a hoodline that swings slightly upward to give the car a muscular look. For the X-Type 4-door sedan, what falls short thereafter is its small physical stature that constrains the graceful Jaguar lines from fully expressing themselves onward to the rear. But not so on the Sportwagon. Being a larger and taller car has loosened the styling tension of the X-Type's overall appearance and fashioned it into a proper Jaguar-a flowing, elegantly styled automobile.

Jaguar, which has never produced a wagon before in its history, now can meet a young, growing family's demands for utility and also offer style and sporty driving characteristics. The Sportwagon is based on the X-Type sedan but redesigned from the B-pillars back, with new doors, roof and rear body structure.

The tailgate opens conventionally upward. Inside the cargo compartment, there is a retractable cover to hide items. And the standard cargo net not only secures your groceries from moving around, it can also be pulled upward to the roof lining to prevent objects from shuffling forward into the passenger area. For larger storage needs, there are four D-rings built into the cargo floor that can be used to tie down heavier loads. More storage is available underneath the cargo floor with two hidden compartments featuring a 12-volt power output socket.

The X-Type Sportwagon is equipped with the standard 3.0-liter AJ-V-6 engine rated at 227 bhp at 6800 rpm and 206 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission transmits power via an all-wheel-drive system that splits its torque distribution 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear under normal driving conditions. Giving the X-Type family hauler a sporty road feel are MacPherson struts front and a multilink rear suspension setup rolling on Continental ContiTouringContact 225/45R-17 tires. Safety features such as anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, traction and yaw control are standard.

The X-Type Sportwagon wears the Jaguar styling better than its sedan sibling.

Inside the cabin, the flowing design theme from the exterior carries through onto the instrument panel. Wood veneers on the dash and on the center console, combined with the wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, give the passenger cabin an upscale look and feel. In contrast is the abundant use of semi-hard plastic surfaces on the instrument panel and on the doors, with window switches that appear to come from Ford's parts bin. Nevertheless, the standard leather seating surfaces, an 8-way adjustable power driver's seat, and dual front and side curtain airbags are what you would expect from an entry-level luxury car.

On the road, the X-Type Sportwagon rides comfortably and cabin noise is kept to a minimum. The suspension soaks up bumps on the road with ease. Around town, the car's handling is responsive yet relaxed. Push it a little harder and moderate to heavy understeer begins to appear, as expected from an all-wheel-drive car. The X-Type's 3.0-liter V-6 provides adequate acceleration power on full throttle, albeit with the engine sounding a bit buzzy and overworked at high rpm. The 5-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and it is able to maximize the engine's less-than-stellar 206 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2005 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon is due to arrive in the showrooms even as we speak. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is listed at $36,995, which includes destination and delivery charges. There are several wagons from BMW and Mercedes-Benz that are competitors to the Sportwagon, but if you are looking for a more stylish ride, the Jaguar is it.

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As an owner of a 1994 XJ12 and a 1986 XJ6, I have to say that I feel this is the lowest point ever reached in Jaguar history. Im very happy with the new Mustang, and of course the GT40, but this is ridiculous. Logical progression I guess considering the Taurus/Hyundai clone models already produced......
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