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2008 Jaguar S-Type Review

This review was written when the 2008 Jaguar S-Type was new.

The S-Type is a classic statement-making large luxury car, but suffers from questionable value in a competitive class. If you're in the market for a large luxury car, you should also consider the BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M and Mercedes Benz E Class.

The 2008 Jaguar S-Type is praised for classy (if traditional) exterior styling, as well as sporty performance of the S-Type R supercharged version. 2008 will be the S-Type's last production year. Rather than overhaul the car, Jaguar has announced that the new Jaguar XF will replace the S-Type sedan, and is set to be available in Spring 2008. While the S-Type has been updated in recent years, it is still less popular than most of its competitors. The Chicago Sun Times says that "Jaguars still have plenty of style, but it seems as if a sparkling heritage means little, if anything."

The S-Type has "been around too long in its present form, and sales are caught in a downward spiral," reports Forbes. Jaguars are generally considered overpriced, especially in comparison to increasingly strong competitors. IntelliChoice gave the 2008 Jaguar S-Type 4.2 an overall value rating of "Average," for its predicted five-year cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.

The S-type does achieve relatively strong fuel-efficiency, with an MPG rating in the top half of its class.  As new XFs begin to arrive at dealerships, it may be possible to obtain a relatively fuel-efficient, stylish and powerful S-Type for a surprising discount.

Any discussion of Jaguar cars should also note that the company has recently changed ownership, having been sold to India's Tata Motors in the Spring of 2008.  It is not yet clear what kind of support Jaguar owners can expect from the company under new management.

The S-Type is available in three trims: the base S-Type 3.0, the S-Type 4.2 and the premium S-Type R.

Review Last Updated: 7/10/08

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