The midsize 2000 Jaguar S-Type joined the lineup to give consumers a more affordable alternative to the XJ Series. The styling of this vehicle was inspired by its older counterpart back in the 1960s built onto a newer platform. It's an entry-level Jaguar that was able to blend the old and modern elements to add to the brand's luxury car heritage.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6 engine, 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar S Type 4.0, Jaguar S Type 3.0
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type is a totally new midsize offering from the ground up. It is based on a Ford platform that also was used for the Lincoln LS. Jaguar collaborated with its mother company to develop the platform.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type gives an appealing element of a retro styling for its exterior. The XK and the older E-Type are design exercises taken by Jaguar that no competitor has matched. It has a nose that is unmistakably cat-like, and its essence continues on with its off-size, dual headlights, collar-shaped grille, and bumpers with thin chrome strips. The XK line definitely inspired the looks of the air scoop.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type's proportions look less traditional of a Jaguar, taking on a tall and heavy appearance. The legroom and headroom for the backseat passengers are still tight for someone who's about six-feet tall. The front seats provide enough space to stretch the joints a bit during the trip. The seats are a bit soft yet give enough support, holding passengers and the driver in place even during turns and twists.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type follows the unwritten law for a luxury car to have wood trims inside. The woodwork is excellent although the center stack where a navigation system, climate controls, and audio controls are thrown into a jumble amid curves and straight, hard edges. The door panels and the seats get leather treatment. It's noticeable that the designers devoted very little real estate for storage spaces. The glove box is sandwiched by the CD changer while the pockets on the doors are shallow. Only one cup holder is present while the coin holder is almost useless, and the trunk offers about 13.1 cubic feet of luggage space.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type provides a stock navigation system, which is among the best during its time of release. The voice control system is quite an innovation; drivers can control the settings of the temperature, operate the audio system, or dial the cell phone using spoken word. There also is an option to get a control system to assist the driver when backing up into a parking space.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type may have an excellent tight interior and great functionality, but this is not the case when talking about the performance of the Jaguar S-Type. The more potent V-8 knows how to show its might with a seven-second sprint from zero to 60 mph. It remains smooth though and sophisticated even as it roars through the dual exhaust system. The powerful engine is linked to a five-speed automatic gearbox. It has the eccentric Jaguar J-Gate shifter that most have come to live with. The gears shift smoothly and can compete with the best of its class. Switch it to the sport mode, and it will give you the necessary punch.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type's other engine is the 240-horsepower V-6, which is just a wink slower than the V-8. It can bring it from a standstill to 60 mph in just eight seconds. The handling balance is commendable and responsive whether the driver wants to cruise easily on the road or be a bit aggressive on the corners. The brakes of the vehicle serve its purpose as well. Engineers poured their best to produce an excellent chassis and suspension system. The S-Type is perfectly balanced on a 50-50 proportion of an independent suspension system. The suspension system is made up of double wishbones, coil springs on all corners, and anti-roll bars for both ends.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type provides an option to get a Sport Package that comes with Computer Active Technology Suspension. This calibrates the suspension to be softer or firmer depending on how the vehicle is being driven.
The 2000 Jaguar S-Type comes standard with anti-skid system, anti-lock brakes, traction control, front airbags, and side impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar S-Type, 3.0-liter V-6 engine: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S-Type, 4.0-liter V-8 engine: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Acceleration of the V-8
- Excellent handling
- Ride quality
You Won't Like
- Small cargo room
- Performance of the automatic gearbox on the V-6
Entry-level luxury sedan with spirited elegance.
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