Jaguar X-TYPE Estate - Safety | Part Five

Jaguar X-TYPE Estate

Jaguar X-TYPE

There is more secure storage in a large moulded tray below the rear floor, above the space-saver spare wheel housing. The tray contains two deep storage sections and is accessed by lifting the latch in the boot floor and then lifting the boot floor itself on its hinges. The under-floor storage also incorporates a 12-volt power output socket, while the storage cover is designed to allow a cable to run unobtrusively from the power outlet to the storage area – for example, to allow a laptop computer or other portable electrical equipment to be charged while being discreetly concealed below the load area floor. The floor is fully carpeted and the inside of the luggage space completely trimmed.

Access to the rear load space is both convenient and versatile. The X-TYPE Estate features a large tailgate with a separately opening rear window – so when loading very large items, the whole tailgate can be lifted, and when only putting in smaller items, such as light shopping or smaller travel bags, the rear window glass can be opened on its own. Both the tailgate and the window glass can be opened to the same full height, and lights inside the luggage compartment come on when the tailgate is opened.

The rear washer and wiper are controlled from the same column stalk as the front wipers and have intermittent and continuous settings. They also have a useful automatic function when the car is being reversed. If reverse gear is engaged while only the front wipers are switched on, the rear wiper will switch on to intermittent. If reverse gear is engaged when the rear wiper is already switched on to intermittent, it will automatically switch to continuous wipe and back to intermittent when a forward gear is selected.

Alongside all these comfort and convenience features, the X-TYPE Estate has the high levels of both active and passive safety Jaguar buyers expect. Active safety begins with an extremely strong bodyshell, energy-absorbing impact zones and class-leading chassis dynamics, including Traction-4 all-wheel drive on the V6 versions. The X-TYPE also has one of the most comprehensive passive safety packages available in this market segment, including occupancy-sensing restraint systems, adaptive dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags – for both front and rear occupants.

For the X-TYPE Estate, with its revised roofline, the side curtain airbags have been modified to provide the same level of side-impact protection for rear-seat passengers as in the X-TYPE saloon. Front seat belts have pre-tensioning and load-limiting functions, and the rear seats offer three three-point belts, and adjustable head restraints. Also for the X-TYPE Estate, rear seat mountings and release catch strength are designed to exceed all legislative requirements on luggage retention in case of an accident. Even the vertical luggage net of the load cover system is designed to keep the back of the X-TYPE Estate safe as well as tidy, and it meets all requirements for luggage-retention performance. As with the saloon, there are ‘door open’ warnings for both elements of the new tailgate.

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Published 18 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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