The Jaguar S-Type is the British automaker's midsize luxury car. These models first entered production in 1963 and were originally cancelled in 1968. This first generation was a more luxurious version of the Mark 2 made by Jaguar. The second generation S-Type includes the models in production from 1999 through 2008; these were midsize, midlevel luxury vehicles or executive cars. All S-Types were four-door models with a front engine rear-drive layout.
Jaguar S-Type is known for luxury and power. They offer a wide range of luxury and technology features, a very comfortable ride, and some impressive power stats. The S-Type was redesigned for 2005, maintaining a similar profile but with some significant feature changes; particularly a revamped grille that is flatter, bolder, and more attractive. Some new options are available and changes were made to the powertrain.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Jaguar S-Type 3.0, Jaguar S-Type 4.2, Jaguar S-Type R
The S-Type receives a full redesign for 2005. The grille is lower, bolder, has slimmer vertical and horizontal vanes, and a new more rounded Jaguar badge. Jaguar adds an available high-tech aluminum trim along with the traditional wood trim offered. The manual transmission is dropped on the V-6 models, and a luxury VDP model is added.
The S-Type has a super smooth exterior with gradual curves for a luxurious and aerodynamic look. The 2005 models feature Jaguars new chrome grille, flat with vertical and horizontal vanes and a new Jaguar logo. The front bumper has been toned down compared to previous models, allowing the grille to draw most of the attention. The rear bumper and trunk lip are higher, and the taillights have been rounded. There are mesh inserts instead of fog lamps in the R model, which directs more air to the twin oil coolers. Drivers can choose from five different types of alloy wheels, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. Self-leveling xenon headlights are optional as well.
The 2005 S-Type has a modified suspension with retuned dampers and low-friction ball joints while the R receives a higher upgrade with Jaguar’s Computer Active Technology Suspension.
The 2005 Jaguar S-Type seats five comfortably. The amenities are luxurious and the materials are high quality. There are a number of trims available, including wood and newly added aluminum. A few features available include dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable steering column, satellite navigation, adjustable pedals, adaptive cruise control, and an optional Front Park Assist, and standard Rear Park Assist.
Performance & Handling
There are three 2005 engines available. The smallest is a three-liter V-6, which produces 235-hp and 216 lb-ft of torque. The midrange engine is a 4.2-liter V-8, which produces 294-hp and 303 lb-ft of torque. The largest engine is for the S-Type R and is supercharged. This is also a 4.2-liter V-8 but gets 390-hp and 399 lb-ft of torque. The R model is timed at zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Each version uses a ZF six-speed automatic transmission and traction control is standard on all models.
All models display excellent acceleration which feels practically effortless. The R model particularly gets up to passing speeds smoothly and almost unnoticed. The S-Type performs well through curves, the body hardly leaning at all. In this regard, the S-Type leaves many competing luxury sedans behind; however, bumps and holes in the road are noticeable. Outside of this, the ride is generally very smooth and comfortable. Certain types of roads may produce some road noise; overall, the ride is quiet. The seats remain moderately comfortable on long trips but may not be as soft as some competitors.
The 2005 Jaguar S-Type gets side-impact airbags and airbags for the sides, which resemble side curtain airbags. All models incorporate Jaguar’s Adaptive Restraint Technology System. Emergency Brake Assist is incorporated into the anti-lock brake system and Dynamic Stability Control is standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jaguar S-Type 3.0: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S-Type 4.2: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Jaguar S-Type R: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- R model performance
- Comfortable ride on most surfaces
- Luxurious interior
You Won't Like
- Tire noise on some roads
- Stiff ride with R model in some conditions
A luxurious ride that provides a fun driving experience.
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