Monday, April 7, 2008

Jaguar S-Type Review

Jaguar S-Type

The Jaguar S-Type has been on the roads of the United Kingdom since 1999 and has found favour with motorists looking for car classic look with modern sensibilities car.

Revised in 2002 and again in 2004 to address reliability niggles and compete in the fast-improving, the car is unique in being sold.

Some argue the Jaguar S-Type looks are a bit artificial to create a direct link with the original S-Type from the 1960's, but others love its retro charm. In 2004, its lifting has given the average size Jag some deeper front bumper, which, in contradiction to the old world of the image, to keep the car looking contemporary. The Jaguar S-Type is a true feline quality, from its four round headlights and grille oval winding through its flanks through its rear haunches.

There is no doubt that you are sitting in a Jaguar, it has a real sense of occasion, leather covering most surfaces and a set of clear but classy-looking dials - a bit like an expensive chronograph watch . Jaguar brand of 'J' shaped gear door front seat of a button chrome hand. The central console is located in a playground and houses controls for the climate control and audio systems. The Jag of leather seats are superb and proved to be very comfortable as well. Critics say the S-Type interior is fashioned, if drivers seeking a modern Germanic cabin should look elsewhere.

The Jaguar S-Type is not the most practical car in its class. The boot can swallow 400 litres of luggage, rising to 810 with the rear seats folded. It takes about 100 litres less than the BMW 5 Series, mainly because being shallow because of the S-type chassis and space-sapping sloping rear-wheel drive layout. There are less legroom in the rear than most of its competitors, but it should be a lot for the average size occupant.

The Jaguar S-Type may look a little old-fashioned, but it drives as well as all but the best in its category. The direction is sensitive and well weighted and the suspension fitted to our sports car test sharpened the chassis in place. The ride quality is excellent, only large 18-inch alloys causing noise and slight discomfort in the cabin. It has proved to be an exceptionally refined car, the only noises or vibrations caused by the adverse low profile tyres.

The Jaguar S-Type can be specified with one of the four engines: a 2.7 or 3-litre diesel and two of 4.2 litres of gasoline configurations: one with a supercharger.

2.7-The V6 engine fitted to our test car is the selection of the range for most buyers, the production of a 204bhp hitting and a huge power 320lb/ft, the bulk of which is low in the rev range effort to accelerate and Exceeding. This creates a 0 to 60 mph time of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.

The 3 liters cuts the 0-60 mph time to 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The standard 4.2-litre reaches 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while the supercharged S-Type R will reach the same speed in just 5.3 seconds. Both are limited to 155 mph.

Although the Jaguar S-Type is cheaper than most of its rivals, especially when the amount of factoring standard equipment, it is not particularly cheap car to run, particularly in gasoline-powered faces . Expect average mpg figures at the bottom of twenty years for the 4.2-litre version and the mid-twenties for 3 liters. The diesel engine of 2.7 litres is the best option, with an average figure of 41.5mpg official. Insurance costs are, on average, for this type of car, but the gasoline engines are of the highest tax band, while the diesel niche band E, which currently costs £ 165 per year. Values used are at the root of the class leaders, but the diesel versions 2.7 commander the best residual value of 40 percent after three years/36000 retained miles.

The Jaguar S-Type had a reputation for reliability issues, but a series of revisions introduced in 2002 fixed many of these. Far better ratings in the polls later owner of the cars to indicate these issues have been largely resolved.

The standard safety equipment in the Jaguar S-Type series include driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags alongside Jaguar Adaptive Restraint Technology System to make sure they are properly deployed. ABS and stability control electronics also comes as standard on all models. The S-Type was not put through the EuroNCAP crash test, but it is likely to have good results if the worst happened.

The models of the Jaguar S-Type series are well equipped with an automatic transmission, leather seats, air conditioning, front and rear, power windows, remote central locking, heated mirrors, alloy wheels and a regulator speed. Our test vehicle was equipped with £2000 Jaguar optional touch-screen sat-nav, who has worked impressively, and has an option to display a logo Jaguar. The £375 Bluetooth phone integration package is among the easiest to use whom we met.

The Jaguar S-Type is a new car with the charm of classic car. It may not be up there with the leaders of the class by the usual measures, but it has an abundance of personality and still turning heads long after it was first introduced in 1999. This is a car that you buy with your heart more than your head.

Source: autotrader

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