JAGUAR S-TYPE (1999 - )



TYPE: 5 door saloon

SIZE: 487cm 181cm 144cm

RELIABILITY: Jaguars have improved hugely in this area over the last few years and there is no reason to believe that the S-Type won't continue the trend. But don't bank on German standards of dependability yet - it remains unproven.

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MORE: Seating five, the four-door sedan came in two versions, with two different engines. The 3.0 sedan used a 3.0-liter V6, derived from a Ford design. The S-Type 4.0 held a 4.0-liter Jaguar V8. Both engines drove a Ford/Jaguar five-speed automatic transmission. Lincoln's LS used its own versions of each engine. Traction control and antilock all-disc braking were standard, along with front head/chest side airbags. Options included a Weather Package with Jaguar's antiskid Dynamic Stability Control, and a Sport Package with computer-controlled shock absorbers and high-speed tires on 17-inch wheels. A Deluxe Communications Package included an in-dash navigation system/cell-phone assistance system, plus voice-activated control for the phone, audio, and climate functions.

COMMENTS: With its sensuous looks, Jaguar's S-Type makes a statement when it rolls onto the scene. It combines that with a luxurious, crafted interior in understated British fashion. The S-Type cars are effortless to drive with a relaxed, refined ride. They offer cutting-edge technology that's relevant and free of gadgetry. The S-Type is a compelling alternative to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars.

Engine
BHP
MPG
Fuel
Ins
Service
0-60
Top Speed
2.5 SPORT
201
29
UL
15
10000 Miles
8.2 Secs
142 m.p.h
2.5 V6
201
27
UL
14
10000 Miles
9.4 Secs
140 m.p.h
3.0 SPORT
240
26
UL
16
10000 Miles
7.5 Secs
145 m.p.h
3.0 V6
240
25
UL
15
10000 Miles
6.9 Secs
146 m.p.h
4.0 V8
281
23
UL
17
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6.6 Secs
150 m.p.h
4.2 V8
300
24
UL
18
10000 Miles
6.2 Secs
155 m.p.h