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The results are in from the latest automotive consulting firm you've never heard of. According to AutoPacific's Vehicle Survey Award, the Jaguar X-Type took top honors in the 2007 Aspirational Luxury Car segment. The survey asks 24,000 US new car buyers how they rank their car 60-90 days after buying it. Perhaps such a result can be explained by George Peterson, the president of AutoPacific, who explained "Often times, the most satisfying vehicle is the one with the most personality, not the one that is screwed together the best." So normal issues -- like too many trips to the repair shop -- might be trumped by a car's feel-good sensations, which is fine.

Still, we don't know anyone who would say the X-Type is overflowing with personality. But those are the results. Click the "Read" link to see the rest of the winners. (In a more understandable victory for Jaguar, the XJ just won Luxury Car of the Year from Business Car magazine. Now that's a car with personality.)

[Source: Auto Spies]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      No Jaguar is like the old crap thatt they used to build. It's just that all of their models have been around too darn long. No new technical innovations, actually about 10 years behind the rest of the industry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In a way, this makes sense....from my anecdotal experience the people who buy X-Types are the old school, middle-aged folks to whom Jaguar actually has some appeal.

      I guess to these people a Buick would be a poor man's Jaguar. LOL.

        • 7 Years Ago
        This is true. The average buyer of a M-B C-class, BMW 3-series, or Audi A4 is likely to be a "car person," who values performance and perfection. These people are likely to be very picky, and they will gripe if a control is out of place or if there is too much understeer. However, these people will not even consider buying an X-type, since they know it is a glorified Ford.

        Those who do not realize it is a glorified Ford buy it because of the Jaguar brand image. After 60-90 days, they love the hood ornament and the attention they get for driving a so-called Jaguar.

        X-type buyers simply expect less.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that if question was phrase, "If you knew that the Jag. XType was a Ford Contour in a new dress? Would you still buy it?" All the X-Type did was make a brand for the people who want to spend the 30K for a Jag. Simular to the problematic 2003 Saab 9-3. To many bells and not enough whistle. If Ford actaully spent time on the car they would be in position to discountinue it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nevermind the rediculous "winners" in this list, the categories themselves are funny. What is an "aspirational luxury car" or an "image compact car"? And why is the Nissan Altima a "premium" midsize car while the better appointed, better looking and better overall Saturn Aura is merely a "midsize car"? Nice job AutoPacific, whoever you are.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is a significant error in this article that implies that the Jag. X-type won the "Best aspirational luxury car" award. However, upon reading the reference material, it is the Jag. XJ that won; these are two grossly different machines. The XJ has an all aluminum body, active suspension and many other advantages over the X-Type.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Still, we don't know anyone who would say the X-Type is overflowing with personality."

      If it's like the Jaguars of yesteryear, then the only thing overflowing is the motor oil from the cylinder heads, oil pan, and pretty much anything attached to the engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Somehow, the X-type is a bland Ford design but still has British reliability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aspirational? Maybe the 3rd definition applies:

      MEDICINE the action of drawing or sucking fluid from a vessel or cavitiy
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really a case of the X-factor!


      David McMahon
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeremey Clarkson drove the state version of the X-type and he said the vehicle was a true Jag and enjoyed driving the X. Some work needs to be done on this car but is not as bad like some people suggest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The X-Type: The Jaguar for Jerks."

      Seriously, people actually LIKE the tarted-up, over-priced Contour?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well this tells me that the Mondeo (not the POS Contour) wasn't such a bad car after all. Remember, this also had AWD.

        Here is the problem, this was an excellent foot in the door into the entry level market. Maybe a two or three year run and should have been replaced with a proper Jaguar. Stupid gets what stupid deserves.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Mondeo is the best driver's car in its class. Think of a car about the same price and size as an Accord, with performance and handling to rival the BMW 3-Series.

        The X-Type takes the Mondeo's already-excellent platform, adds AWD, and restyles it into something exceedingly pretty. The Mondeo was never much of a looker, but the X-Type is just stunning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the cars that loses the most value after purchasing it. Jaguar. It's boring. It's old. Really, the car does nothing to impress me, and I've driven BMW's, Mercedes, and Infiniti. All three car makers I mentioned are vastly superior to Jaguar.

      Let me put it this way: IF you have ear hair, and wear 20-year old clothes, and refuse to trim your enormous eyebrows....you may quality for a Jaguar.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not going to dis the X-Type. I definitely like the looks of the car. To me, it's just the right size, too. Have considered finding a nice used one.
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