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Jaguar S-Type Saloon review

1999 - 2007 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £25,403 - £50,953
Used prices £427 - £8,565
Road tax cost £320 - £695
Insurance group 38 - 46
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 329 - 622 miles
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Pros & cons


Luxurious feel, cosseting ride, excellent diesel engine, storming R version


Dated image, cramped rear seats, interior lacks sophisticated feel, shallow boot

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.