Jaguar X-TYPE Estate - Interior | Part Four

Jaguar X-TYPE Estate

Jaguar X-TYPE

Interior versatility and safety

The new X-TYPE Estate is a stylish car, designed for people with active, demanding lifestyles. But it isn’t merely a ‘lifestyle estate’ – where looks and image are more important than genuine practicality and load-carrying ability. The X-TYPE Estate has both looks and image, but it also has a larger maximum load-carrying capacity than any of its direct, compact premium rivals, and it offers maximum versatility as well as maximum volume. To emphasise the difference between real life and lifestyle, the X-TYPE Estate’s maximum volume with both rear seats folded forwards is an impressive 1415 litres compared with the Audi A4 Avant’s 1184 litres – an advantage of more than 20 per cent. That 1415 litres also beats both the Mercedes C-Class Estate’s maximum of 1384 litres and the BMW 3 Series Touring’s 1345 litres. Even with the rear seats in use, the X-TYPE Estate offers an impressive 445 litres of luggage volume to the bottom of the window level, and 685 litres to the roofline.*

When maximum load space isn’t required, the rear seats of the X-TYPE Estate have as much room and as much luxurious comfort as the seats of the X-TYPE saloon – with even more headroom.

* Jaguar figures / published competitor figures

The space is easy to utilise. Split-folding rear seats allow one, two or all three rear seat spaces to be allocated to luggage-carrying, so it is still possible to carry either one or two rear-seat passengers even with the seatbacks partially folded. The seats are released by a simple catch in each seatback, and can be folded forwards without removing the rear-seat headrests.

When the luggage space behind the rear seats is loaded below the window line, security is enhanced by a retractable tonneau cover which rolls out above the load area and fixes securely at the back of the luggage space to keep its contents hidden. The cover can also be specified with a retractable mesh guard which fits up to the roof behind the seats and prevents smaller loose items from being thrown into the passenger area during heavy braking or in the event of an accident. Larger items can be restrained by tie-down straps hooked onto the four strong, chromed, spring-loaded D-rings which are incorporated into the rear luggage space and fold neatly away when not in use. An elasticated luggage net to go between the loops is available as an accessory. For maximum load-carrying capacity with both seats folded down, the tonneau cover housing can be removed completely by releasing two catches.

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Published 18 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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