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Jaguar S-type

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Jaguar S-type

The British Jaguar S-type is getting better and better

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.5 i V6 24V 200 hp 9.5 l/100km Petrol 8.6 s 228 km/h
2.7 207 hp ? Diesel ? ?
3.0 i V6 24V 238 hp 11.2 l/100km Petrol 7.6 s 233 km/h
4.0 i V8 32V 276 hp ? Petrol 7.1 s 242 km/h
4.2 i V8 32V 298 hp 12.3 l/100km Petrol 6.5 s 250 km/h
4.2 i V8 32V Type R 395 hp 12.5 l/100km Petrol 5.6 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 861 mm
Width 1 819 mm
Height 1 441 mm
Wheelbase 2 909 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Weight (normal) 1 620 kg
Weight (max) 2 125 kg
Boot space (min) 370 l
Boot space (max) 810 l
Fuel capacity 68 l


   The Jaguar S-type was produced between 2000 and 2008. It was available as a sedan. The Jaguar S-type was replaced with the new XF.

   There is a choice of five petrols and one diesel engine for this car. Probably the most welcome is a 2.7-liter diesel which ample mid-range pull and is the best all-rounder. Even the entry-level 2.5-liter petrol performs well. A 4.2-liter unit has a lightning performance, while it's supercharged version powers the R performance model.

   The Jaguar S-type is surprisingly agile, but it still lacks the poise of the BMW 5-Series. The S-type rides comfortably, except that it picks up some urban potholes. Body roll is well contained, while it steers well. There is an optional suspension pack available, which provides sharper handling, but the ride becomes less settled.

   All petrol engines emit a hearty growl at low revs, but are hushed at the motorway speed. The turbodiesel unit is also very refined and emits little extra noise. Road noise is well isolated, but some wind rustles are present at the motorway speed.

   Jaguar's prices undercut those of it's German rivals. It's diesel engine is affordable to run thanks to a superior fuel economy. None of the petrol version is distinguishes in fuel economy however. The S-type can't match resale values comparing with it's German rivals too. Reliability was the main concern on the previous Jaguars, but the things are getting better.

   For the last couple of years Jaguar has worked hard to improve it's build quality and finish. Both of these were disappointing on it's previous models. Interior of the S-type now is much better, but some minor details are still not up to scratch. The dash is clearly laid out, but as far as it is overloaded with functions it might become tricky to find the right button. There could also be more oddments space inside the cabin.

   It is easy to get comfortable in front of the wheel. Driver's seat has got electric adjustments. The steering wheel is also electrically adjusted for rake and reach. Furthermore there are optional electrically adjustable pedals.

   Four adults will fit with ease inside the Jaguar S-type, but the rear passenger might find headroom a little tight. The boot is long, but it's access is restricted.

   The S-type comes with twin front, side and curtain airbags, front head restraints. Stability control and anti-skid brakes are also standard. It is also stuffed with security equipment, which makes it a hard nut to drive away.

   The Jaguar S-type comes equipment, that executives expect. It has climate and cruise controls and plenty of other goodies. All but the entry-level models come with leather upholstery and automatic gearboxes. A wide range of options include satellite navigation, distant-sensing cruise control, voice-activated controls and even a TV.


   Advantages: Looks well, handles well accelerates with ease. The 2.7-liter diesel is particularly great.

   Disadvantages: Some cheap plastics in the early models. Still not on the par with German rivals.

   Verdict: The S-type has got better and better.

   Also consider: Audi A6, BMW 5-series.


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