2005 Jaguar S-Type

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Jaguar S‑Type. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    235-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of S-Type R
  • RWD handling and stability
  • Smooth ride on most surfaces
  • Passenger space
  • Jaguar heritage

The Bad

  • Occasional tire noise in S-Type R
  • Stiffer ride on certain surfaces in S-Type R
  • Seat cushioning

Notable Features of the 2005 Jaguar S-Type

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Supercharged V-8 in S-Type R
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available aluminum-trimmed interior
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels

2005 Jaguar S-Type Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Jaguar’s midlevel sedan gets a full redesign for the 2005 model year. Changes to the S-Type are considered subtle yet comprehensive, resulting in what Jaguar calls a “cleaner, leaner, more muscular look.” External revisions include a crisper front end and “bolder, more athletic rear proportions.”

Detroit’s 2004 North American International Auto Show saw the first appearance of the 2005 S-Type. Aluminum is used for the new hood, and according to Jaguar, panel fits are considerably tighter. Jaguar made the S-Type more rigid for diesel-engine applications in Europe, and the American version benefits from that process.

For the first time on the S-Type, the interior can be trimmed with a high-tech aluminum fascia rather than with traditional wood trim. Aluminum is available with the supercharged S-Type R and the Sport Package.

Positioned between the compact X-Type and the full-size XJ, the S-Type went on sale in May 2004. Three versions are available, and all have distinct engines: a 3.0-liter V-6, a 4.2-liter V-8 or a supercharged V-8 for the S-Type R. An automatic is the sole transmission; the manual-gearbox option for V-6 models has been dropped. A luxury VDP model has been added for 2005. The S-Type competes against the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 300/GS 430 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.


Exterior
The S-Type’s new grille is lower than before, and it sits more upright. Displaying a new round Jaguar badge, it incorporates slim...
Vehicle Overview
Jaguar’s midlevel sedan gets a full redesign for the 2005 model year. Changes to the S-Type are considered subtle yet comprehensive, resulting in what Jaguar calls a “cleaner, leaner, more muscular look.” External revisions include a crisper front end and “bolder, more athletic rear proportions.”

Detroit’s 2004 North American International Auto Show saw the first appearance of the 2005 S-Type. Aluminum is used for the new hood, and according to Jaguar, panel fits are considerably tighter. Jaguar made the S-Type more rigid for diesel-engine applications in Europe, and the American version benefits from that process.

For the first time on the S-Type, the interior can be trimmed with a high-tech aluminum fascia rather than with traditional wood trim. Aluminum is available with the supercharged S-Type R and the Sport Package.

Positioned between the compact X-Type and the full-size XJ, the S-Type went on sale in May 2004. Three versions are available, and all have distinct engines: a 3.0-liter V-6, a 4.2-liter V-8 or a supercharged V-8 for the S-Type R. An automatic is the sole transmission; the manual-gearbox option for V-6 models has been dropped. A luxury VDP model has been added for 2005. The S-Type competes against the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS 300/GS 430 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.


Exterior
The S-Type’s new grille is lower than before, and it sits more upright. Displaying a new round Jaguar badge, it incorporates slimmer vertical chrome vanes, as well as horizontal vanes.

The new aluminum hood has been reshaped, and the front bumper has a simpler appearance. The rear fender, bumper and trunk lip have been raised. Round taillamps help display what Jaguar calls a “more technical look” and “more presence.”

Mesh inserts are fitted in place of fog lamps in the S-Type R to allow air to reach the car’s twin oil coolers. The R edition also features a sporty mesh-patterned grille, a trunk spoiler and twin tailpipes.

The suspension has been modified to include retuned dampers and low-friction ball joints. The S-Type R gets Jaguar’s Computer Active Technology Suspension, which uses adjustable dampers. The available Sport Package for non-supercharged sedans includes an upgraded suspension and brakes. Five types of alloy wheels are available, and 17-inch tires are newly standard on the 3.0 model. Optional xenon headlights have automatic self-leveling.


Interior
Like its predecessor, five occupants fit inside the redesigned S-Type, and the driver faces chronograph-style dials. The sedan may have heated power front seats with a memory feature, dual-zone climate control and an electrically adjustable steering column. Satellite navigation, adjustable pedals and rain-sensing wipers are optional. Front Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control are also among the options, but all S-Type sedans have Reverse Park Assist. The new electric parking brake features an incline sensor.

Under the Hood
Three distinct engines are available for the S-Type. The 3.0-liter V-6 produces 235 horsepower and 216 pounds-feet of torque, versus 294 hp and 303 pounds-feet of torque for the 4.2-liter V-8. The V-8 in the S-Type R is supercharged and yields 390 hp and 399 pounds-feet of torque; that’s sufficient to yield a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 5.3 seconds. All three versions use a ZF six-speed-automatic transmission. Traction control is standard.

Safety
In addition to side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, the S-Type features Jaguar’s Adaptive Restraint Technology System. Antilock brakes include Emergency Brake Assist, and Dynamic Stability Control is standard.

Driving Impressions
Road behavior is especially appealing in the S-Type R, but all models deliver a refined motoring experience. Acceleration with the R’s supercharged engine is smooth and easy, sending the sedan to passing speeds promptly and effortlessly.

Body lean in curves is barely noticeable. The S-Type R stays as flat as any reasonable sedan owner could want. Ride quality beats many performance sedans, but stiffness can be noticed when passing over some holes and bumps. On slightly wavy pavement, the ride is smooth. Some tire noise is apparent on certain road surfaces. The seats are snugly bolstered and highly supportive, though cushioning in the S-Type R seems a tad below par for truly soft comfort.


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Latest Reviews

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Beautiful Red Jaguar

by 2005Jag on March 28, 2018

I love this car and have treated it with TLC. Husband just died, I need to be more practical. Breaks my heart to part with her. Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful, pristine, low mileage luxury car!

by Starwhite from SC on March 7, 2018

This car is on pristine condition, only 34039 mileage. It's almost like having a new car. only a few very tiny flaws on it that are very hard to see or notice. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Jaguar S-Type currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-Type received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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