Motoring: Diesel Does It for the Latest X-Type Estate
Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw
While I doubt that Sir William Lyons would have envisaged the inclusion of oil-burners in his 1930s vision of cars with 'Grace, Pace and Space' that became Jaguar, times do change and the game moves on.
For this is the day of the diesel and I am sure that the late founding father of the legendary marque would most certainly have approved of the current Jaguar experts' success with the appliance of oil-burning science.
Although arriving late to a party where the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes were already more than well established, Jaguar's first diesel, a two-litre 130bhp turbo, set out to make its mark in the X-Type in the autumn of 2003.
The Jaguar X-Type diesel subsequently proved a great favourite across Europe, along with its S-Type stablemate powered by a 2.7-litre oil burner which is shortly to be called to service in the XJ, contributing to diesels accounting for 51 per cent of Jaguar sales in 2004.
From September the X-Type gets a choice of diesel engines, the 2.2-litre set to provide more power and refinement than the existing two-litre.
Borrowed from the Mondeo TDCI ST, this 2.2-litre oil burner is now environmentally-friendly Euro IV compliant while the Jaguar engineers' clever use of technology, fuel efficiency and insulation techniques makes for a much more refined performance than that experienced in the Ford.
In either Saloon or Estate form, the X-Type 2.2 turbo diesel offers four trim levels - Sport, SE, Sovereign and Sport Premium - with competitive prices kicking off at pounds 22,995 for the entry level Saloon and pounds 24,165 for the Estate.
As you would expect in a Jaguar, kit levels are generous, including air con, sound system, electric windows all round, reverse parking control, leather tiller and gearknob as standard in the Sport entry level model.
Ensconced in comfortably supportive seating facing a tasteful black veneered, well laid-out dash, a driving position to suit most folk comes via electric seat height adjust and rake reach steering column, while overall vision is fine. …