Jaguar S-TYPE Road Test

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Jaguar S-TYPE Review

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Jaguar have addressed these issues and the new S-TYPE can now stand up against its German rivals.

Build Quality

Early Jaguar S-TYPE’s didn't have the best reputation for build quality and suffered from a number of problems. Jaguar have addressed these issues and the new S-TYPE can now stand up against its German rivals. In recent customer satisfaction surveys Jaguar have ranked above their German counterparts.

The craftsmanship & quality of materials is very high and absolutely in keeping with a car of this class.

Value For Money

At £31,995 OTR the Jaguar S-TYPE 2.7 V6 diesel Sport is competitively priced within the premium saloon car market which includes the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and residual values are on par with its German rivals.

Diesel models will have the strongest residual values and with a combined fuel consumption figure of 36 mpg we can understand why.

The entry-level 3.0 litre V6 is excellent value for money at £27,995 OTR and features an impressive level of standard equipment. However, when you start choosing from the extensive options list you may have to be careful depending on your budget.

Conclusion

We recently drove the Mercedes-Benz E Class 270 CDi and it was very difficult to choose which car we prefer. Jaguar’s 2.7 V6 diesel engine wins hands down, being quieter and more refined than Mercedes 2.7 5-cylinder engine and it is a quicker car.

In some ways the E-Class is a more complete car but ultimately it is just a machine albeit a very good one and when compared to the Jaguar S-TYPE it is too clinical and lacks any real soul.

The S-TYPE is a product of decades of Jaguar heritage and craftsmanship and the driving experience stirs the soul and makes you feel proud to be British. It may not be technically perfect but it has spirit and character in abundance and it has reawakened our love affair with Jaguar cars.

To summarise - in our opinion after experiencing the fantastic V6 diesel engine you wouldn't want to buy a petrol powered S-TYPE- it is as simple as that.

10 April 2005 Melanie Carter
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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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