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Jaguar X-Type 2.2 diesel 2006

Broadcast dates : 15th January 2006
21st January 2006


One of the criticisms leveled at the Jaguar X-Type has been that it has a bit of a fuddy-duddy image, that it needs to be sportier in appearance to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series.

In the South African market this doesnít seem to have hurt X-Type sales. 

Itís bought by people who want to be different and since its launch a few years back, it has become a better-built car too. 

As for the new diesel version, it has a distinct personality.

The 2,2 litre engine looks good on paper, with competitive levels of power and torque. Good in reality is the all-leather upholstery, with the finely stitched panels giving the Jaguar seats a cosy old-world look.

The panel fit on the dashboard has been improved, and in this particular colour combination, even the sections using some obvious Ford-like switchgear blend quite well to form an overall up-market appeal.

The X-Type blends in well at exclusive weekend retreats, and despite a slight diesel clatter at idle, the engine does a reasonable job of imparting an aura of graceful restraint.

The front-wheel-drive-only system, if anything, has improved the ride quality compared to the all-wheel-drive petrol X-Types.

The typical new-generation turbodiesel engine is capable of delivering better linear performance than its petrol counterpart in many situations. And the Jaguarís 2,2 litre oil-burner is no different.

Coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, a diesel can make for a zesty performance option, particularly on the Highveld.

This particular motor is a bit short on bottom-end power and a bit on the noisy side, but its honest performance is well married to the entry-level Jaguar.

The Jaguar has a certain warmth that is lacking in its European competitors. The X-Type is not particularly sporty, nor is it particularly avant-garde in looks.

But it has an essential Jaguarness to its overall feel that is going to attract buyers.

And in everyday use, it justifies its premium-level status, while at the same time providing lots of practicality.

Jaguar X-Type 2.2 Diesel
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 2 198 cc
  • Power: 114 kW @ 3 500 rpm
  • Torque: 366 Nm @ 1 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 8,9 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 220 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 6,0 litres/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R288 000

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