I've just spent the last two months going through this process for a car for
my wife and she eventually decided on a 2.0 X-Type SE Auto.
This was in comparison with a Lexus IS200 and a Mercedes C180 Kompressor
A good friend of mine works for Mercedes and could do a very good deal on a
new car for us.
Lexus is bringing out a new IS200 at the end of the year, so there are
plenty of offers on the current model.
Then on the off chance we drove past a Jaguar dealer, arranged a test drive
and my wife was sold. Outside it's a pretty car but I personally preferred
the New Class Merc Sport, but inside nothing is patch on the Jaguar, it's a
whole world better than any of the rivals until you start spending over £30K
with the other manufactureres.
For us it came down to value for money and choice, and the X-Type gave us
that because of the discounts we found through the vehicle brokers on line.
We went to 5 on line brokers in total, all supplying brand new UK cars, not
imports, all built to order.
came up with the best deal for the model we wanted which
was £4800 off list for a 2.0 V6 SE Auto with Sat Nav, bluetooth, Aruba
Alloys, electric folding mirrors and overcarpets for £23,900.
Our local dealer (Doves Croydon) said He would match the quote, so we placed
the order with him, we are expecting delivery some time in August/September.
And we feel we chose the best car.
"androo" <andrew.YOURCLOTHESbutterfield@bradford.gov.uk> wrote in message
> As my father's unofficial motoring advisor, I'm suggesting he might like
> X-Type. Probably a '2.0' Classic or the diesel at a pinch. He doesn't want
> to spend too much, but feels he deserves a bit of luxury in his
> What he's trying to get back is the pleasure he got from his beloved
> 406 that he replaced with a lesser car some years ago. That may sound odd,
> but at the time, the 406 was exceptionally refined and had a great ride -
> perhaps the two most important attributes for him.
> Our most recent road test, of a rather disappointing Toyota Avensis, has
> left me thinking that to get that 'wow factor' back, he's going to have to
> move up a notch. The X-Type seems like good value for what it is and there
> seem to be a few bargains around.
> SO, the question is, before we test drive, what are your experiences as
> owners? Is the X-Type a real step-up from something like a Mondeo (the
> obvious comparison) or its mainstream rivals? Do you get the 'warm glow'
> from owning and driving it? Or is it just like any other car really? What
> about reliability? (Seems to do fairly well in the CS surveys.)
> (Remove your clothes to reply)