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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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53 reader reviews for Jaguar S-type Saloon.
  • 2.7 D V6 Sport 4dr

    richard hawkins Date: 10/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is just such a fabulous car - and so underrated as people seem to be only interested in the German marques.

    It is so refined I would defy anyone to tell it is actually a diesel engine. The auto gearbox is super smooth and the ride quality on 18-inch wheels with P zero tyres is excellent. Try that in a similarly equipped5 Series.

    The interior is really well screwed together and, if you haggle hard with the dealer, you can specify it with all the goodies for much less than the equivalent BMW/Merc.

    OK, so the boot isn't the biggest and rear headroom is a little tight if you're tall, but overall this is a whisper-quiet car and great to drive.

  • 2.7 D V6 SE 4dr

    Keith Harrison , Lancashire . Date: 01/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The superbly smooth and responsive diesel mates perfectly with the six-speed automatic gearbox, giving tremendous performance and good fuel consumption.

    The electric leather seats are extremely comfortable with a huge range of adjustment, coupled with the steering wheel and column make for a perfect driving position.

    Road holding and ride are of a high standard. After six months and 8000 miles I cannot speak highly enough of the car and the buying experience though the dealer.

    Prior to buying the S type, I test-drove the BMW 525 D SE and 530 D SE, and the Mercedes E270 CDI - none of which matched overall poise, level of equipment or driving experience of the Jaguar.

  • 2.7 D V6 SE 4dr

    John May , Devon . Date: 23/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Most Impressed with the diesel 2.7SE. I will probably buy one in preference to my current Honda 2.2 Diesel for the added grunt and refinement.

  • 4.2 V8 R 4dr

    Andrew Higgs , . Date: 04/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Initial impressions are what an incredible job Jag have done at containing all the problems associated with big horse power, wide and low tyres, firm suspension within an overall envelope of smoothness.

    You can sense the beast within, but it's firmly under control - although to be contrary, I would like more noise from the engine other than the superblender whine of the charger.

    Living with it is easy. Fuel consumption is OK at around 21.5mpg, but it is very funny as it seems to use less fuel at 80 than at 40. Some say the car is a bit snug, but I like that and it's lack of bulk is a blessing on narrow country roads and when parking.

    Some silly things irritate - it's actually quite hard to get out of becuase of the sports seats and when you get in your feet seem to get caught under the pedals or the bottom of the dash.

    The interior is nicely put together and although it is not "modern" like an Audi, it is much easier on the eye than the current 5-series. The outside is better resolved in Mk3 guise, but is still a bit oddball.

    Overall it's as good as any of the Germans with a lot more character.

Jaguar S-type Saloon

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