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STYLING | 7 out of 10
interior looks like an elegant atmosphere evocative of a classic Jaguar
proportion and balance are important in the X-Type's design
the X-Type is a real Jag on the inside, too
The 2008 Jaguar X-Type’s traditional exterior shape and leather-and-wood-grain-infused interior garnered positive, if lukewarm, marks from reviewers around the Web.
The 2008 Jaguar X-Type's exterior has smooth lines that hark back to the Jaguars of old, although it's certainly not as seductive as some of the brand's other offerings. The overall exterior design cues on the Jaguar X-Type refer to its larger siblings, giving the impression of a diminutive XJ. MyRide.com notes the illusion created by the 2008 Jaguar's body lines, saying that "this is a ground-loving vehicle that makes the eye believe it is longer and lower than it is, and bigger as well." Kelley Blue Book agrees, relaying that the "2008 Jaguar X-Type partially resembles the full-size XJ, especially when viewed from the front." Cars.com finds that although Jaguar decided to go with a higher tail on the Jaguar X-Type than on older models, the "X-Type's styling themes are familiar to Jaguar aficionados." Not everyone is a fan of the 2008 Jaguar's hind end, however, with Kelley Blue Book complaining that "the rear quarter looks more Ford than Jaguar."
Kelley Blue Book was pleased with the Jag's interior styling, gushing that "The X-Type's seats, door panels and headliner are all beautifully put together; the fine leathers and elegant stitch patterns on the seat faces are truly lovely." They aren't as impressed by the dash, however, complaining that it "has the outline of a Jaguar's panel, but the gauges, climate controls and audio controls just don't look or feel like they belong in a car of this distinction." MyRide.com has positive things to say about the Jaguar X-Type's inside accoutrements, noting "people of all body types will find a comfortable home in the X-Type."
The 2008 Jaguar X-Type's shape reminds reviewers of the larger Jaguar XJ—when it doesn’t remind them of a Ford.