When looking at the 'money lost' on the Jaguar through depreciation, it comes second to the Lexus IS200, which loses £11,019, while the Jaguar loses £12,499. Rupert Pontin, specialist car editor at Glass's Information Services, said: 'With the X-type coming to the market, we may see a realignment of the contenders and the BMW 3-series may be knocked from its top spot. Jaguar has worked very hard to make sure this car meets the market demands.'
But he warned the success of the car was in the hands of the dealer network, adding: 'From now on dealers will need to come to grips with the business of addressing the wider market appeal of the family-sized premium brand sector.' However, Mark Norman, senior editor of CAP Black Book, said the X-type was more likely to compete with BMW directly rather than knock the manufacturer off the top spot altogether.