2004 Jaguar S-Type

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2004 Jaguar S-Type Review

Demonstrates exciting performance, especially for the R, and has plenty of luxury features to keep most Jaguar fans happy.

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The first S-Type from Jaguar began production in 1963 as a more luxurious and technologically advanced version of the Mark 2 but smaller and more affordable than the Mark X, which was the next notch up in the Jaguar family during the time. These models remained in production until 1968.

The modern Jaguar S-Type includes those in production from 1999 through 2008 when it was replaced by the Jaguar XF. Models spanned a single generation. All had a sedan body style with a front-engine, rear-drive layout.

The S-Type is known for its impressive performance and handling along with a mix of luxury features and a unique but identifiably ""Jaguar"" body style. The 2004 Jaguar S-Type is as impressive in performance as the previous two model years. The top-tier R models move faster and add adaptive cruise control which adjusts to the speed of the vehicle if it nears another in front. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the two upgraded engines while the manual remains standard on the base. There have been some criticisms for the S-Type, including interior room and fuel efficiency, though the latter is common to other high-performance vehicles.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 294-hp 4.2-liter V-8, 390-hp 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Jaguar S-Type, Jaguar S-Type R

What's New

For the 2004 S-Type Jaguar adds adaptive cruise control to the upper-tier R model, which adjusts speed to the car in front of your vehicle. The engine is more powerful and a ZF six-speed automatic transmission is now standard with the two 4.2-liter engines. Jaguar adds Radiance Red as a color option. Other changes for the new season remain minimal.


The S-Type design looks more luxurious than sporty, despite the performance of all three models, with the classic Jaguar front end and a slightly altered mesh grille on the R. The exterior of the S-Type gets a few additional features focused on improving aerodynamics like window shields and spats for the front wheels. Wheels are alloy, 16, 17, and 18 inches from the base to R respectively.


The S-Type seats five but can be crowded in the rear, especially with three adults. It has 60/40-split rear seats that fold down for additional cargo space. The S-Type has gray bird’s-eye maple trim and leather seats. All front seats are power-adjustable with more settings for the upgraded models. The R gets DVD-based navigation and offers a Premium and Sport package as well.

Performance & Handling

The base S-Type has a 235-hp, three-liter, V-6 engine with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional ZF six-speed automatic. Both of the upgraded engines get the ZF six-speed automatic transmission standard. The entry-level engine features acceleration and speed to satisfy the majority of driving enthusiasts, and with the sporty handling of all of the models, it makes for a fun drive while also displaying the comfort and smooth ride that Jaguar is known for.

The next step up for the 2004 Jaguar S-Type is the 294-hp, 4.2-liter V-8, then the 390-hp, supercharged, 4.2-liter V-8, which according to Jaguar can go from zero to 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. The R also has tauter handling for a more sport-like feel. All models feel surefooted on smooth surfaces and can accelerate through turns at an impressive pace without too much lean.


Standard features on the 2004 S-Type include side-impact and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jaguar S-Type: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S-Type R: 18/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-8 performance
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Luxury
  • Manual transmission

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Interior room
  • Getting in and out

Sum Up

Demonstrates exciting performance, especially for the R, and has plenty of luxury features to keep most Jaguar fans happy.

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