Jaguar S-TYPE Review

Jaguar S-TYPE

Jaguar S-TYPE Review

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So obviously an evolution of the 1960’s S-TYPE.

How It Looks - Exterior

So obviously an evolution of the 1960’s S-TYPE.

Although the Jaguar S-TYPE has been around since 1999 - we were surprised by the amount of attention the car received during our time it. In 2004 the S-TYPE was given a complete make over, with special attention paid to the exterior. The sleek lines of the new S-TYPE have been redrawn, to be more athletic, contemporary and leaner with more obvious muscle definition. The new S-TYPE has changed dramatically by changing subtly - pursuing the classic design philosophy of less is more.

In Yorkshire we were approached by a man in his twenties at a petrol station who had stepped out of a new Subaru Impreza. He heaped praise on the new S-TYPE saying it was a ‘real motor with a touch of class and he would love one’. Begs the question why he didn't by one as the S-TYPE is roughly the same price as his Impreza WRX STi.

How It Looks - Interior

Jaguar must have known about our dislike of wood in cars and loaned us a Sport model which features a 'grey stained birds eye maple' wood veneer dashboard and door trims with twin tone perforated 'Dove/Granite' leather upholstery. Of course Jaguar enthusiasts would argue that a Jaguar wouldn't be a Jaguar without a classic walnut dashboard. A classic bronze stained Madrona wood veneer trim is available on certain models and you can even specify an aluminium dashboard - it is really a case of personal choice.

Jaguar S-TYPE

Our car was fitted with the optional premium Alpine/Jaguar sound system (£640) with a boot mounted six CD autochanger (£355), single slot CD player and RDS radio which feeds a separate power amplifier and no less than ten speakers.

Another option fitted to our car was - touch screen satellite navigation with a 7” colour moving map and post code entry (£2000), which is extremely easy to use. With this option the climate control is controlled via the touch screen and for an additional £500 you can also specify a television tuner with Teletext.

The leather covered steering wheel incorporates the controls for the audio system and cruise control.

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What We Liked
  • The 2.7 V6 diesel engine
  • Jaguar’s ‘J Gate’ 6-speed automatic transmission with sports mode and manual selection.
  • Ride & handling
  • Exterior / interior styling
  • Kudos
  • Satellite Navigation system
What We Disliked
  • The automatic transmission's manual selection
  • Main beam operation not as fluid as we would have liked
What We'd Like To See
  • Xenon Headlights as standard on Sport models
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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

The information contained within this Jaguar S-TYPE review may have changed since publication on the 10 April 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Jaguar dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019