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Remember When Jaguar Made a Station Wagon?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Many years ago, back in the lowly 2000s, Jaguar decided that it wanted to compete with the high-selling BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. This decision made sense: Jaguar had recently been taken over by Ford, and Ford wanted to expand the brand (then making only a luxury sedan, the XJ, and a sporty car, the XK8) to bring in more sales and wider profits.

So, not surprisingly, Jaguar created a small luxury sedan. Based on the small-to-midsize foreign-market Ford Mondeo, it was called the X-Type, and it wasn't as bad as everyone says it is -- although it wasn't exactly great, either. There were two engines, standard all-wheel drive, an available manual transmission and just about every feature you'd expect from a vehicle at the time.

There was also a wagon.

Yes, for a few years there, Jaguar made a station wagon. But only a few. The X-Type was sold from 2002 to 2008, although it was clearly not going to be the sale champ Ford had hoped for by about 2004. The wagon came out in 2005, perhaps in some vain attempt to scare up more sales. This marks the only time in the recent history of automotive sales in North America that someone thought rolling out a wagon would mean more sales.

Like the standard X-Type, the X-Type Wagon went away after the 2008 model year, meaning it was only built for 4 years. These days, X-Type Wagons are as cheap -- and as rare -- as you might expect. There are precisely nine on Autotrader, with an average asking price of just $6,300. Not bad for an all-wheel-drive wagon from the same company who brought you the mighty F-Type.

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Remember When Jaguar Made a Station Wagon? - Autotrader