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Motor Max: Jag still has X Factor.

IT was dubbed the big cat for the common man, the Jaguar that gave you a fiver change from twenty grand.

And three years to the month since hitting the forecourts, the Liverpool-built X-Type 2. 0 V6 makes an appealing used car buy.

Unlike its 2. 5 and 3. 0 litre-engined brothers, this 157bhp version is the company's first front-wheel-drive car. It feels as agile as the four-wheel drive models.

The 2. 0 is a beautifully nimble saloon with refined and revvy V6 engine and magic carpet ride quality. And while most Jaguars have traditionally been self-shifters, the fives peed manual gearbox in these versions is neat and slick, even if the clutch can feel excessively sharp.

It's really not worth splashing out the extra cash (pounds 600-pounds 800) for an automatic box.

Performance figures show the 2. 0 hitting 60mph in 8. 9 seconds, a second slower than the 2. 5 V6, having a 130mph top speed capability and average fuel consumption of 30. 7mpg for fives peed manual versions.

Opting for Sport trim, which adds pounds 2, 500 to the new price, brings up rated suspension and tuned dampers, 17-inch alloys, colour-codedexterior, rear spoiler and leather sports seats and steering wheel.

Despite being labelled the ``baby, '' the X-Type boasts the biggest boot in the entire Jaguar range and interior space is pretty decent, too, providing you don't try to squeeze three adults across the back.

The doors feel solid, electric seats are well made and chunky, smoky-stained bird's eye maple veneers in the cabin look classy and drivers can achieve a comfortable position thanks to reach and rake adjustable steering. Standard are electronic traction control, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electric height adjustment of driver's seat, aircon, front, side and curtain airbags, fog lamps, sound system and seven-spoke alloys.

Expect to pay a dealer pounds 12, 200 for a 2002/02 model with manual transmission in standard trim, pounds 14, 200 for 2. 0-litre V6 in upgraded SE spec or pounds 15, 600 for a 2003/03 Sport.

For a prestige compact executive saloon, they represent a steal.

Also consider: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series.

spec check

Model: Jaguar X-Type 2. 0 V6. Driving: Performs beautifully with precision handling, ample power and the front-wheel drive works really well.

Performance: Well up to scratch - 0-60 in 8. 9 secs, top speed 130mph.

Economy: Not the baby Jag's strong point - 30mpg is about the best you can hope for.

Safety: Front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electronic traction control.

Good points: Elegant style, smooth V6engine, dynamic handling, decent interior space.

Bad points: Some interior parts, like indicator and light switches and ashtray mechanism, feel cheap; impossibly tight for three adults in the back.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2004
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