Jaguar S-Type (99-07) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 08 Aug 2013
3.5
It may not have a German badge on the bonnet, but the S-Type has plenty of strong qualities that make it a realistic alternative to models like the Mercedes E-Class. The rather dated image isn't one of them unfortunately and while it draws upon classic Jag styling cues to help set it apart, the S-Type is unlikely to appeal to younger drivers.

Jaguar S-Type (99-07)
Luxurious feel, cosseting ride, excellent diesel engine, storming R version
Dated image, cramped rear seats, interior lacks sophisticated feel, shallow boot

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

It may not have a German badge on the bonnet, but the S-Type has plenty of strong qualities that make it a realistic alternative to models like the Mercedes E-Class. The rather dated image isn't one of them unfortunately and while it draws upon classic Jag styling cues to help set it apart, the S-Type is unlikely to appeal to younger drivers. There is a thunderous R version, powered by a supercharged V8 engine, but the Jaguar's real strength is long distance comfort. It's superbly refined and the ride quality is excellent, while it also handles sharply. The styling received a reworking in 2004 and the excellent V6 diesel engine was introduced.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Fast as you like (think mine has been remapped....far too fast for a standard model) BUT it will happily do the weekly shopping without complaint. An open country road....well that is a different...  

5 out of 5

Alan Wright ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 For a 2.7 it seems very economical : 40mpg. I discovered it has it's own service mode built in diagnostic test system. Though no-one or even Jaguar experts seem to know the meaning of the fault codes!  

4 out of 5

Ian Thomson ,   07 Nov 2014    ... read more

 Very comfortable seats, deep boot, fold down rear seats.  

4 out of 5

Geoff Hunter ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

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