Luxurious feel, cosseting ride, excellent diesel engine, storming R version
Dated image, cramped rear seats, interior lacks sophisticated feel, shallow boot
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.
What owners say about this car
It's more about style than practicality, having a very shallow boot. However it does have ISOFIX... Read owner review
Fast as you like (think mine has been remapped....far too fast for a standard model) BUT it will... Read owner review
For a 2.7 it seems very economical : 40mpg. I discovered it has it's own service mode built in... Read owner review