When replacing our 540iA Sport, I
learned that a loaded E-500 or 540iA
were close in price to the S-Type R
(sans nav). Intrigued, I took a test
drive and found the Jag's overall
power, acceleration, steering,
handling, braking, luxury and
refinement to be significantly superior
to either the MB or BMW. I purchased
the Jaguar and after some 10,000
trouble-free miles, I can report
nothing but satisfaction. To suggest
that this car is overpriced considering
the competition is absurd. It leaves
all manner of 540s, E-500s, etc. in its
dust; while not in the same performance
league as the new E-55, RS-6 or M5,
these cars cost some 20K more.
Torque on demand, superb turn-in for a
sedan, very good steering feel and
feedback, excellent brakes with no
fade, very comfortable sport seats,
1. Full auto-manual control of 1st gear.
2. Limited-slip differential.
3. More rapid transmission shifts.
This must be the most beautiful car on
the road. Very solid. Great quality.
The engine is much happier at higher
RPMs and lacks a little in low-end
torque but not really a problem unless
you what to "burn rubber" frequently.
Get the 4.2 if this is important to
you. But you MUST GET THIS CAR. I love
it more as I drive it more. I'm going
to buy this car at the end of the lease
and drive it forever OR give it to my
wife who is already maneuvering for it
at lease's end and get another new one.
I love the luxury, comfort, and
exitement of my Jag. I recently sold a
5 series BMW because it was always in
the shop! The Jag's performance is
outstanding even with the V6! Happy,
happy, happy....and no costly
handling, inside space in front and
back seat, luxurious interior
would still make exterior more sporty,
Recently replaced a BMW 740i with a
2004 Jaguar S-type R.
More value in the Jag S-R than BMW or
M-B. Felt that I had all the benefits
of the M-5 or AMG for $25K less (and
also beat the prices of the 545 and E-
The 390 HP pulls strongly at all rev
levels, but is also smooth in city
driving. The chassis/tires and
computer controlled suspenswion can
handle all of this with aplomb. The
new Jag NAV system is excellent with
an easily self replaceable DVD. The
advanced sound system, part of the R
package, is quite good and easy to
use, with voice, steering wheel, or
Gas mileage has been 16-17 mpg in
town, not bad for a 400 HP rocket.
Sexier personality than competitors.
Handling and sportiness comparable to
M-B AMG models. Seats provide
outstanding comfort and support.
The Jaguar S-type R is a competitively
priced, outstanding sports sedan with
exceptional styling that is also
functional on a daily basis.
There is no fold down rear seat in the
R model to keep torsional stiffness.
This limits storage in the moderate
trunk. Would be nice to have
Bluetooth Wi-Fi capability instead of
a hardwired phone system (the
immediate competitors won't have this
until later in 2004 either).
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