What is it?
You can be forgiven for not having noticed in the melee of the XF launch, but around the same time that the brave and bold new look of Jaguar was coming onto the market, the company also tickled up the X-type.
It got mild, but effective, external and internal revisions, as well as the option of a 143bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine.
And now that same higher-output motor can be had with a six-speed auto ‘box - essentially the same unit fitted to the Freelander – even though that benefits from the latest generation PSA-sourced diesel, rather than the old-school Ford unit in the Jag.
What’s it like?
We reckon the 2.2-litre diesel and auto ‘box combo makes the best baby Land Rover and so the same alliance is now the optimal X-type.
Basically the six-speed auto ‘box is a great ally for the engine. Ratios are well judged to make full use of the 266lb ft of torque on tap and it carves through cogs unobtrusively.
Obviously you can’t expect blistering performance but our drive on a wide mix of roads did nothing to suggest that it wouldn’t be on a par with any of its obvious four cylinder diesel rivals.