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2002 Jaguar S-Type Review
Comes with the aged design and classic styling.
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The 2002 Jaguar S-Type is elegantly styled and a sweet-natured midsize luxury sedan. It has a small front grille and quad headlights that give an exterior impression of the classic Jaguars of the past. The subtle character lines, taillight section, and roofline more resemble a Ford Taurus than the current XJ or XK models. Pure Jaguar style is evident inside the S-Type with leather and wood covering about every surface. Passengers experience a distinct English ambience that is synonymous with Jaguar vehicles. The cabin’s upholstery is gorgeous, aromatic, and supple. Chrome door handles and burl walnut veneers lavishly fill the interior. The interior style is one reason that drivers love this Jag S-Type, but the fact that it is an inexpensive alternative to higher-priced midsize luxury sedans could be the best reason.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar S-Type 3.0, Jaguar S-Type 4.0, Jaguar S-Type Sport
A new Sport package becomes available in 2002 for the Jaguar S-Type models, adding new engine choices. The three-liter V-6 engine or four-liter V-8 comes with the Sport option. Suspension improves for the model year as well. The CATS system increases handling capabilities with automatic shock-absorber settings that adjust for various road conditions. The new system is Computer Active Technology Suspension, which is the commonly-heard acronym CATS. New colors are included for 2002. Zircon, Quartz, and Aspen Green are available on the standard 2002 Jaguar S-Type models. In addition, Pacific Blue adds to the Sport package. Cup holder placement is new for the rear occupants. The new enhancement consists of two cup holders that sit in the rear-seat cushion for rear-passenger convenience.
The 2002 Jaguar S-Type has a classic exterior design with soft character lines, quad headlights, and small front grille. Some of the exterior standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, all-season tires, and a matching full-size spare tire. The 4.0 model adds a power glass sunroof to the list of features. Choosing the Sport package will gain bigger 17-inch wheels and body-color trim.
The 2002 Jaguar S-Type's interior is very luxurious and has wood veneers, flexible leather upholstery, and chrome trim throughout the S-Type’s cabin. Standard features are multiple, which include an air filtration system, dual climate control, power accessories, heated leather bucket seats, wood and leather steering wheel, and rear parking sensors on both models. The 4.0 model adds a universal remote transmitter, electrochromatic rearview inside mirror, memory settings for steering and driver adjustments, a compass, and better sound system. The 3.0 has a four-speaker system, and the 4.0 uses an eight-speaker stereo system. Both models have a CD player.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Jaguar S-Type models feature various engines under its hood. Ford’s three-liter V-6 Duratec or Jaguar’s four-liter V-8 are available for both models. The V-8 isn’t as powerful as the one inside Jaguar XK8 but still produces 281 horsepower with 287 lb-ft torque. The Ford-block V-6 has Jaguar’s intake system, drive-by-wire throttle, and timing heads to add 55 hp. The Duratec V-6 generates 240 hp with 212 lb-ft torque. The transmission mating with either engine is an automatic five-speed. It is the only choice available.
The 2002 Jaguar S-Type has excellent handling and driving capabilities, much like the Lincoln LS. The suspension components consist of primarily forged aluminum, just like the Lincoln. A Sport package is available that includes 17-inch wheels, body-color trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, bolstered seat supports, and the Computer Active Technology Suspension called CATS. A yaw-control system is also an addition to help control the S-Type while taking turns at high speeds.
The 2002 Jaguar S-Type is equipped with side-mounted front airbags for protection, along with front seat belt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, auto delay headlights, an engine immobilizer, height-adjustable headrests, and child seat anchors. Additional safety aspects include an anti-theft system with alarm, front fog lights, emergency braking assist, emergency trunk release, and ventilated disc brakes for front and rear. To enhance vehicle control, the Jaguar has traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. NHTSA results are not available for the 2002 Jaguar S-Type vehicles.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar S-Type 4.0: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Classic design details and style
- S-Type Sport availability
- Voice-activation technology
- Stable and serene ride
You Won't Like
- Ford switchgear
- Shifter unsatisfying to maneuver
- A few pieces in interior feel cheap
- Expensive price tag
Comes with the aged design and classic styling.
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