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2002 Jaguar X-TYPE Sedan

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2002 Jaguar X-Type

Source: The Car Connection

Britain’s flag-waving automaker makes its mark with new "Baby Jag."

by Paul A. Eisenstein

A steady drizzle falls from leaden skies. On the narrow roads that snake through the farm country of Dijon, it would normally give good reason to ease off on the throttle. But not on this particular afternoon. On open stretches, we press the pedal to the floor, holding until the last moment to apply the brakes. As confidence builds, we enter each turn just a little faster. And yet the car seems to suggest we’re still far from its limits.

There’s a lot riding on the new Jaguar X-Type, a car with which the British automaker hopes to more than double its worldwide volume. With a base of $29,950, it will enter the U.S. market at less than half the price of the marque’s flagship XJ sedan. To get there, Jaguar depended heavily on the help of its parent, Ford Motor Co., borrowing both engineering assistance - as well as 20 percent of its components from the decidedly downmarket Ford Mondeo.

Would the X-Type be a breakthrough for Jaguar? Or just a rebadged Ford? When TheCarConnection.com was offered its first chance to drive the X-Type, we jumped at the opportunity to decide for ourselves.

Baby Jag is born

Sometimes called the "Baby Jag," other times as X400, its internal codename, the new sedan becomes the fourth line in the fast-growing Jaguar model mix. Where the XJ sedan and XK coupe/convertible compete in the stratospheric side of the luxury line-up, and the S-Type goes after the mid-lux world of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar’s newest entry takes aim at the "affordable luxury" segment. It’s the fastest-growing niche in the premium market, having nearly doubled over the last five years. It’s also the most competitive segment, dominated by the benchmark BMW 3-Series.

So to be taken seriously, Jaguar would have to set its sights high. For ride and handling, BMW set the standard; for craftsmanship and refinement, it was the Audi A4; for robustness and reliability, it was the Mercedes C-Class. But more importantly, noted Colin Tivey, the X-Type program’s chief engineer, "We tried to benchmark where (Jaguar thought) the future competition would be."

In a sense, Jaguar also used its own S-Type sedan as a reference point. Introduced barely two years ago, it was Jaguar’s first "saloon car" in 40 years. The S-Type has been a moderate success, significantly boosting U.S. and worldwide sales, and attracting an audience that had largely never considered a Jaguar before. But the sedan fell short of expectations on a number of fronts. While nose on it’s a striking looker, even Jaguar’s former design chief, the late Geoff Lawson, felt it missed the mark. The interior also fell short of Jaguar’s standards - and will benefit from a major re-do scheduled for late next winter.

Distancing Mondeo

Considering its base price, it would have been easy for the X-Type to make a lot of compromises. It might have turned into little more than a high-line Mondeo - with the trademark "leaper" hood ornament. It’s good to report that despite some modest similarities to the Ford sedan - notably the side dimensions - the X-Type is a car that more than lives up to our tough expectations.

The interior is a rich mix of leather and wood - Jaguar’s familiar bird’s-eye maple, to be more precise. Where the S-Type looked a bit tacked together, the X-Type looks well conceived and integrated, and far more lavish than one might expect at the price.

The seats are firm yet comfortable, especially in the Sport Package, which provides a good bit more bolstering, something we found essential when we put the X-Type through its paces. While there’s plenty of leg and headroom up front, it’s a wee bit more cramped in the back, but not nearly as tight as with some of the competition, the 3-Series in particular. Overall, X-Type is actually as roomy as the S-Type and offers more trunk space - something that Jaguar’s have been notably short of over the years.

As you’d expect, the X-Type is loaded with creature comforts and safety features, including standard dual-stage front and side airbags, as well as head curtains for front and rear occupants. The S-Type’s digital control system has been improved: it now features a seven-inch video monitor and you can use voice commands to control the navigation system, as well as climate control and audio.

Driving "on rails"

When we started hearing early driving reports from inside Jaguar, our sources often used the hackneyed cliche, "on rails." After spending two days tearing up the hills and dales of Dijon, we challenged some of our media colleagues to come up with an alternate, and more apt expression. We’re still waiting.

The biggest surprise about X-Type was Jaguar’s decision to launch it only in all-wheel-drive configuration. That was a brilliant decision, for if it had followed Mondeo’s lead, and emerged as a front-driver, X-Type simply wouldn’t have amounted to very much. The vehicle has a 60/40 weight balance, biased to the front, but the powertrain’s torque is biased 60/40 to the rear. Don’t go looking for your college physics text. The bottom line is this: you have to go to extraordinary lengths to lose traction, even on the wettest of pavement.

Powering the vehicle, buyers will have two possible options, a 2.5-liter, variable-cam V-6 that punches out 194 horsepower, or a slightly larger, 3.0-liter version rated at 231 hp. The aluminum block is based on Ford’s Duratec powerplant, but the heads are unique to Jaguar.

For the first time in a decade, Jaguar is offering buyers a choice of a five-speed electronically-controlled automatic, or a five-speed stick. The manual is an especially good choice with the smaller engine, though we found that the automatic was surprisingly responsive and remarkably smooth with both engines. For pure power, the 3.0 is a great engine. For those who like to make a little more work out of it, we’d suggest the 2.5 with the stick.

For those who worship the numbers, the 3.0/manual combination will race from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds; the automatic is a half-second slower. For the 2.5-liter engine, you’ll get a 7.9 second run with the stick, and 8.5 seconds with the automatic.

X-Type’s speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering was taut and responsive, providing great road feel and no trouble finding center. The basic suspension package uses a novel, two-bearing front mount and it proved more than adequate, a well-tuned balance between ride comfort and handling. But for those who want to reach the vehicle’s limits, we’d strongly recommend the stiffer Sports Package. You’ll also get a set of Brembo brakes. On our soggy two days of driving, they proved uncanny in their ability to scrub off speed in a hurry. Basic wheels and tires, by the way, are 16-inch, with 17-inchers part of the Sports Package, and an 18-inch option reportedly on the way.

My co-pilot, TCC correspondent Denise McCluggage, summed up the performance of the X-Type aptly when I pointed out she was closing in on a sharp corner at 180 km/h (over 110 mph). "Oh? I didn’t even notice," she chuckled. The car, she said, with an ear-to-ear grin, "eliminates the wet."

We’re always reluctant to present a review that comes across as a full-fledged rave. And we don’t want to do that here. There are some minor grumbles, such as the point made earlier about styling. We’d like to see a Tiptronic-style shifter on the automatic, rather than the quirky Jaguar J-Gate. The dim digital odometer display can be frustrating to read. We’d prefer an in-dash CD changer, rather than the trunk-mounted system. But in terms of performance, we had only a minor complaint about the powertrain: an occasional, and almost imperceptible pause in acceleration when we pressed the accelerator coming out of hard curves.

The X-Type more than lives up to our expectations. And when you roll in price, it is a startingly good effort for a first-time entry into such a competitive segment. The new sedan is going to be a winner - and set tough new standards, not only for the competition, but for future product to come from Jaguar.

2002 Jaguar X-Type sedan

Base Price Range: $29,950 (2.5-liter V-6); $39,950 (3.0-liter V-6)
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6, 194 hp; 3.0-liter V-6, 231 hp
Transmission: five-speed manual or five-speed electronically-controlled automatic
Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 183.9 in
Width: 70.4 in
Height: 54.8 in
Curb Weight: 3428 lb (2.5-liter/five-speed)
EPA (city/hwy): 19/29 mpg
Safety equipment: Anti-lock brakes, dual-stage front, and side airbags, head curtains for front and rear, optional stability control system
Major standard features: Automatic climate control with pollen filter, AM/FM/cassette with optional six-CD changer, xenon headlamps, leather seats, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Warranty: Four years/60,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

 

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Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

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Rear Parking Aid Opt

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Terms include up to 7-YR / 100,000-mile warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance and a 165-point vehicle inspection, no warranty deductible, and trip interruption benefits..
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2012-2015 with less than 60K mi
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 165-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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