2008 Jaguar S-Type

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Jaguar S‑Type. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-21 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
  • Adjustable pedals no longer offered

Notable Features of the 2008 Jaguar S-Type

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Supercharged V-8 in S-Type R
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Extensive safety features
  • 18- or 19-inch wheels

2008 Jaguar S-Type Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The 2008 model year will be the last for the S-Type, as Jaguar plans to replace it with the XF in 2009. Jaguar left most of the S-Type unchanged for 2008, choosing just to tweak a few exterior features and leave the drivetrains alone.

Positioned between the company's compact X-Type and full-size XJ in size and price, the S-Type comes in three versions with distinct engines: a 3.0-liter V-6, a 4.2-liter V-8 and a supercharged V-8 for the S-Type R.

Jaguar's 4.2-liter V-8 turns out 300 horsepower, while the supercharged R delivers 400 hp. Like other Jaguar models, the S-Type gets a chrome mesh grille. A Conti-Teves foundation braking system promises improved stopping distance and pedal feel. Bluetooth wireless technology is available.


Exterior
The major changes for 2008 are to the S-Type's exterior. The 3.0 and 4.2 versions now share the S-Type R's front bumper. All S-Types now ride on wheels that are an inch larger than before, at 18 and 19 inches.

Displaying a round Jaguar badge, the grille incorporates horizontal vanes and slim vertical chrome vanes. 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 trunk spoiler, twin tailpipes and Jaguar's Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension, which uses adjustable dampers. The R models feature standard xenon ...
Vehicle Overview
The 2008 model year will be the last for the S-Type, as Jaguar plans to replace it with the XF in 2009. Jaguar left most of the S-Type unchanged for 2008, choosing just to tweak a few exterior features and leave the drivetrains alone.

Positioned between the company's compact X-Type and full-size XJ in size and price, the S-Type comes in three versions with distinct engines: a 3.0-liter V-6, a 4.2-liter V-8 and a supercharged V-8 for the S-Type R.

Jaguar's 4.2-liter V-8 turns out 300 horsepower, while the supercharged R delivers 400 hp. Like other Jaguar models, the S-Type gets a chrome mesh grille. A Conti-Teves foundation braking system promises improved stopping distance and pedal feel. Bluetooth wireless technology is available.


Exterior
The major changes for 2008 are to the S-Type's exterior. The 3.0 and 4.2 versions now share the S-Type R's front bumper. All S-Types now ride on wheels that are an inch larger than before, at 18 and 19 inches.

Displaying a round Jaguar badge, the grille incorporates horizontal vanes and slim vertical chrome vanes. 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 trunk spoiler, twin tailpipes and Jaguar's Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension, which uses adjustable dampers. The R models feature standard xenon headlights with automatic self-leveling.


Interior
Both the 3.0 and 4.2 versions of the S-Type get leather-trimmed seating and burl walnut veneers in the cabin. For 2008, 3.0 and 4.2 versions have a Satin Edition that features mahogany veneers, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and limited exterior colors.

Five occupants fit inside all S-Types, and the driver faces chronograph-style dials. Dual-zone climate control and an electrically adjustable steering column are standard. Satellite navigation and Front Park Assist are optional, while rain-sensing wipers and Reverse Park Control are standard. Adaptive cruise control is available as a stand-alone option on the S-Type R or as part of a luxury package. The electric parking brake features an incline sensor. Adjustable pedals were standard in 2007 models but have been dropped for 2008.


Under the Hood
Jaguar's 3.0-liter V-6 produces 235 hp, and the 4.2-liter V-8 generates 300 hp. The supercharged V-8 in the S-Type yields 400 hp. All three versions use a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Traction control is standard.

Safety
In addition to side-impact and side curtain 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, though 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.



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(4.8)
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(4.8)
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(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

A Really Cherry Car

by Jag Lady from Riverside, California on June 6, 2017

I was looking for a red 2008 Jaguar S-Type. I had owned a 2005 S-Type until a teen driving with his lights off on a dark and stormy night rear-ended me. I then got a Jaguar XJ8 which was okay. However... Read full review

(5.0)

A beautiful classic

by George, Cleveland musician from Cleveland, Ohio on May 14, 2017

This is my second "S" type! The first was a 2003 I purchased new and obtained excellent value driving 100,000 miles without missing a beat. Regrettably the car was discontinued in 2008. I was able to ... Read full review

Safety & 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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