Jaguar S-TYPE Review

Jaguar S-TYPE
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Jaguar S-TYPE Review

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Jaguar have wisely equipped the S-TYPE range with a number of active and passive safety systems as standard - full marks to them, we don’t like to see safety as an optional extra.

Safety and Security

Jaguar have wisely equipped the S-TYPE range with a number of active and passive safety systems as standard - full marks to them, we don’t like to see safety as an optional extra.

The S-TYPE is fitted with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), which ensures maximum braking input in an emergency situation.

In addition to front & side airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags, the S-TYPE offers Jaguar’s industry-leading Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) which has ultrasonic front passenger sensing coupled with dual-stage front airbags. It also features an energy-absorbing seating system, incorporating an anti-whiplash mechanism in the front seat back rests, and pyrotechnic pre-tensioners for all seat belts. The stiff and strong S-TYPE body exceeds crash legislation requirements worldwide, and it also has a decoupling brake pedal mechanism and a deformable plastic fuel tank.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is another standard-fit active safety system for the S-TYPE, enhancing safety at the limits of grip and road holding, which is especially valuable when road conditions are poor. DSC is also known by some manufacturers as ESP or Electronic Stability Programme. Should you wish DSC can be switched off - but we wouldn't recommend this on the public highway.

The S-TYPE also features front fog lights, rear seat Isofix seat brackets, high-level rear stop light, front & rear seatbelt pre-tensioners, remote central locking with drive away locking, an ultrasonic intrusion sensing alarm and engine immobiliser which are Thatcham 1 approved.

Comfort and Refinement

The cabin of the new Jaguar S-TYPE is a very cosseting place to be.

The standard leather seats were supportive and comfortable but not to the same degree as Volvo seats which in our opinion are class leading. We drove on a non-stop journey from Devon to Yorkshire without the slightest discomfort - the seats also offer excellent under thigh support, making the S-TYPE an ideal long distance cruising car.

Although both front and rear head room is good - one of our taller passengers found the cabin cramped. Front leg room is good although rear leg room is little on the tight side with the front seats fully back not the best choice for a chauffeur.

Both the driver’s and front passenger’s seats are electrically adjustable, 10-way driver’s and 8-way passengers. The driver’s seat has two memory positions that can memorise your seating, mirrors and steering column positions. This is coupled to the key fob, so both you and your co-driver can recover your driving position from your own key fob.

The driver’s seat can be programmed to slide back and forward on entry and exit, as soon as the key is inserted or removed from the ignition, allowing you more room to slide in and out of the car. This can be coupled to the electrically adjustable steering column which automatically pulls the steering wheel back and up on entry/exit. As soon as the key is inserted back into the steering column lock, the seat and steering will return to the chosen memory position. Although not fitted to our car you can specify electrically adjustable pedals, which again can be coupled to the memory function.

The S-TYPE benefits from dual climate control, so both the driver and passenger can optimise and maintain their own personal temperature settings. The climate control is operated via the touch screen navigation system when fitted. Although we liked this system, it can leave you searching for the right option which could prove troublesome on the move.

Our test car was fitted with the optional cold climate package, so we benefited from a quick clear heated windscreen, which works like a heated rear window and variable two stage heated front seats. The pack costs £ 670 and includes headlight power washers.

Our test car was also equipped with electro-chromatic interior and exterior door mirrors, which automatically dim at night to stop you being dazzled by tailing vehicles.

Further refinement features on the 2.7 V6 Diesel Sport model include: heated rear windscreen with timer, 2 illuminated vanity mirrors, drivers footrest, remote central locking, front and rear foglights and electric front and rear windows.

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Jaguar S-TYPE Road Test Data
Model ReviewedJaguar S-TYPE 2.7 V6 Diesel Sport
  
Body Type4-Door Saloon
ColourPacific Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.6 Seconds
Top Speed 141 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban25.9 mpg
Extra Urban46.5 mpg
Combined36 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year unlimited mileage warranty
Price (when tested on the 10/04/05)£ 31,995 OTR

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