2000 Jaguar S-Type

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$42,800

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2000 Jaguar S-Type

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Overview

2 trims

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  • 3

    $42,800

  • 4

    $48,300

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2000 Jaguar S-Type review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

A Jaguar is elegance personified, but the all-new S-Type is elegance with an up-to-date twist.

It is an evocative stew of heritage styling, state-of-the-art chassis and two thoroughly modern powerplants. Toss in a huge helping of high-tech gadgetry, add a few bits of leather upholstery and stained maple veneer and the result is an automobile that is quick and agile, yet tasteful and sublime.

The name pays homage to the 1960s 3.8 S-type, as does the retro styling. Although Jaguar is owned by Ford Motor Co., the S-Type was designed, styled and developed at Jaguar’s Whitley Engineering Center in Coventry, England. Manufacturing is done at Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, England.

The S-Type comes in two models, a 4.0-liter V8 and a 3.0-liter V6. The V6 starts at $43,095 and the V8 begins at $48,595. The basic platform, rear-wheel-drive chassis and a good many mechanical bits are shared with the Lincoln LS. While some kinship is obvious, the cars have distinct personalities.

Our test car was a light, celery-green metallic V8. The aluminum V8, with four valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing and 281 horsepower, is similar to the one in the XJ8. It is so quiet and smooth that the power comes out in oozes, rather than surges, and that makes it deceptively quick.

The 3.0-liter V6 puts out 240 horsepower. Although I did not sample the V6 Jag, I have driven a V6 Lincoln LS, whose engine is similar except it has 30 less horsepower, and its performance was more than adequate. Jaguar quotes zero-to-60-mph times at 8 seconds for the V6 and 6.6 seconds for the V8.

Both engines are coupled to a new, electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. Except for a bit of whine when pulling away from a stop, this unit was nearly transparent. A console switch lets the driver select Sport or Normal shift modes.

The J-shaped shift gate is a recent Jaguar tradition, but its shape is confusing to us Yanks because shifting into a lower gear means shoving the lever forward, not back. The test car’s shift linkage was a bit sticky when moving into Reverse.

While the exterior styling pays homage to Jags of the 1960s, the interior is considerably more modern. Bird’s-eye maple is used on the instrument panel, shift knob, console, door panels and steering wheel. Nearly everything you touch has that feeling of slick, polished luxury.

The lower center section of the dash contains the stereo, dual-zone climate control and navigation system. These units are similar to ones found in some Fords, and their tiny, green digital readouts are hard to see in the daylight, especially if the dash is backlit. Readability at night, or in shadow, is fine.

The test car was equipped with the Deluxe Communication Package ($4,300) that included the navigation system as well as voice activation for the cell phone.

Front seats have good lateral and lumbar support, but the bottom cushions would provide better unde r-thigh support if they were a shade longer or had a slightly different contour. The back seat has adequate legroom for adults, but getting in and out can be tricky because of the sloping roof and tightly curved door. The space between the seat and door post is also small and requires turning one’s leg sharply to get out.

The trunk has plenty of room.

Jaguar describes the S-Type as having ”spirited elegance,” and to that end it uses a double-wishbone suspension with aluminum control arms and speed-sensitive, variable-ratio rack and pinion steering. The optional Sport package has 17-inch wheels and a computer-controlled suspension that chooses “soft” or “firm” settings depending on driving conditions.

Our test car was so equipped, and not only did the 17-inch wheels look great, the computer-controlled suspension gave a ride that was plush enough to dispatch bumps with a silky hand yet taut enough for flat cornering.

Anti-lock brakes and traction control are st dard, but for more control a stability control program that helps counteract skidding is a part of the optional Weather Package.

With the S-Type, Jaguar has struck an appealing balance between yesterday and today: The styling recaptures so much of what made Jags special in the 1960s, yet performance and handling is on par with contemporary European sedans.

Price
The base price of the test car was $48,595. The Sport package and communication package brought the sticker price to $54,010.

Warranty
Four years or 50,000 miles.

SPECS

Point: Wonderfully retro styling with a modern touch gives the S-Type a beguiling personality. Sharp handling, quick acceleration and a comfortable ride are icing on the cake.

Counterpoint: The center section of the instrument panel has small, green digital readouts that are hard to read in some daytime lighting conditions, and getting in and out of the back seat can be hard because of the curved roofline.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 4.0-liter V8
Transmission: automatic
Rear-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 114.5 inches
Curb weight: 3,770 lbs.
Base price: $48,595
As driven: $54,010
Mpg rating: 17 city, 23 hwy.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 3.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Love it.

Bought second hand, and would do it again if I could find! Very very few problems, I've owned for 6 years and I just hit 100k miles. Replacing things per manual and hope it runs as strong as before!

5.0

Great car and beautifully styled

This car has more than exceeded expectations. I came upon this car at a shop I was performing services for. To be fair, they elected toake it a part of my work package for the season. I nearly turned it down because it is Anthracite Mica in color. It's black and is very hot in summer sun noatter where you are. This is the S-Type Sport version and was originally purchased as a special order. I traced the history and it has spent most of it's time in Ohio. This beautiful cat came to me with 82,000 miles on it and now just turned over 100,000 after 2 years of ownership. It is a very amazing performer and has the CATS System and that makes it an astounding performer. Maintenance has been usual and very normal. I have studied the Jaguar history and many models extensively and know lots of answers to most questions posed by owners. There are quirks and a temperament that comes with owning Jaguar Automobiles. A sound bank account is a good start. My studies have created a solid knowledge along with the dealer relationship I developed with Kempthorn Motors of Canton and Green, Ohio. After 20 years things are starting to show up and need repairs. There are minor rust issues on some body parts and the headliner is scheduled for replacement in October by a custom interior shop locally. The wheels will need refinished so they return to their former glory. They aren't terrible, just need kept in top shape. There are some subframe bushings and bolts getting replaced on the rear. The passenger window regulator needs replaced, temperature sensors and perhaps system needs replaced. I will be also doing a water pump as a preventative maintenance procedure prior to failure now. A little attention needs paid to the leather on the driver's seat due to wear. I am willing to put the finances into this vehicle as this is the finest car I have ever owned. Nothing rides or performs like Jaguar. I did my homework and studied this model extensively. Jaguar is more than a car or just another vehicle. It is an animal all its own. I am purchasing a other Jaguar and will likely be the XJ8 or XJR. My Jags will get covered and mostly stored for winter and my diesel Ford Truck will be driven. These cars deserve careful consideration and treatment. Nothing lasts forever. All Jags need maintenance. At 20, no complaints here. All vehicles of age require certain forms of expensive maintenance and upkeep. I am a sponsored semi-pro athlete and bicyclist and the S-Type is my bicycle transporter of choice. It gets looks when I drive up and the bicycle comes out for the events I participate in. It is US Air Force Cycling Team Veteran owned and Jaguar also built a military SEPECAT Jaguar and is still in use today.

4.9

Nice car for collector needs work

Beautiful car to convert to electric lovely body for a jaguar nicest one I have seen for a while beautiful artist car needs a loving owner who can invest in its up keep then is a lovely car and needs a good home

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