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2005 Jaguar S-Type R

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Jaguar S-Type Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 390 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Jaguar S-Type

  • A solid all-around luxury sedan, the S-Type is exactly what you would expect from Jaguar in terms of style, form and function.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Elegantly appointed interiors, solid all-around performance, classic British styling, full load of standard safety equipment.

  • Cons

    A few cheap interior bits, high price, fussy J-gate shifter.

  • What's New for 2005

    The S-Type gets minor styling revisions in the form of smaller taillights, a tighter-looking deck lid and a restyled front fascia. New exterior panels have tighter fits, while the hood is now made of aluminum. Interior upgrades include new Bronze Madrona trim, a revised instrument panel and an optional aluminum trim package. Eight-cylinder models get a new VDP package that adds premium heated leather seats, burled walnut trim and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

What an outstanding car

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

I purchased this 2005 TYPE R a few months ago with 58000 miles on it. I deperately wanted the 05 s they made improvements to it and i had driven the 03 which was still an impressive car. It is by far the best luxury sports sedan i have owned, being British i wanted a car to match and this is definately above what i expected. The power and equipment are awesome and comes close to the MB BMW M5 equivalent. It maybe doesnt have the toys of the M5 but in comparison it feels bespoke and handmade in many areas and less clinical. I had a few fault lights come on for no reason but soon learned that the marine sized battery in the trunk was low on power and was ready to be replaced. Now it just WOW



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Triumph of engineering.

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Designed for those who have enough experience with cars to appreciate all that it offers. Holds the road like glue. Power is more than enough for todays driving. Very comfortable for 2 people. City gas mileage is around 12 to 13 mpg. Highway 21 to 22 mpg. at around 90 mph with a lot of downshifting to pass. No problems of any kind so far. Feels like what it is, a luxury sports sedan, no matter where you drive it. Sound system is as good as I have heard in any car, regardless of price if you set it up right. This car is for the young at heart who like to experience excitement when they drive. One test drive will validate what I just said. Top value for the money. Highly recommended.




Performance, luxury and smiles!

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

In January 2005, I purchased a new fully loaded S-type R to go with my 2003 XKR convertible. I added to both cars a custom Mina chromed high performance exhaust, AEM cool air intake and a smaller supercharger pully. This increased the H.P to over 450 and the total cost was less than $1200.00. Custom made sheep skins were added for extra ride comfort and what a truly great high performance, luxury experience these cars are to drive. My wife and I can hardly wait to drive these cars and when we go out together, we flip a coin to see who gets to drive. Other than regular oil changes and recommended Jaguar maintenance, neither car has ever had one thing wrong with it. We will always buy Jaguars.



1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Performance for those with patience

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Fast, luxurious, comfortable, and very easy to handle. However, 25 months after I bought it new, during which it was in the shop for warranty work for 38 days, I had to trade it for a car I could depend on. When it runs, it is wonderful. However, everything negative about Jaguar's reliability came true. I would only recommend this car to someone who has money, patience, and lives very close to a Jaguar dealer.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

S type - stand out

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

I have owned my S type R for quite some time now and I have to say it's a pleasure to drive. The looks alone make it stand out from the masses but the performance is sensational. Jaguars of old have had some bad press, I'm here to say that's all changed. What other performance sedan can you buy used with a 400 hp engine for under $40k? These cars are classics in waiting and represent fantastic bang for your buck.




Smooth rocket

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Vehicle: 2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Make no mistake, this car is a worthy adversary for the M5 and E55. The latter may be faster but the Jaguar gives you a great deal of power for less money. This car can easily get 25 mpg on the highway - not bad for a supercharged car. A great car that keeps getting better,



Full 2005 Jaguar S-Type Review

What's New for 2005

The S-Type gets minor styling revisions in the form of smaller taillights, a tighter-looking deck lid and a restyled front fascia. New exterior panels have tighter fits, while the hood is now made of aluminum. Interior upgrades include new Bronze Madrona trim, a revised instrument panel and an optional aluminum trim package. Eight-cylinder models get a new VDP package that adds premium heated leather seats, burled walnut trim and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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