2004 Jaguar S-Type Consumer Review: R type is the M-5 and AMG kill

2004 Jaguar S-Type - Consumer Review

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R Sedan (4.2L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Automatic)

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R type is the M-5 and AMG killer
By lmcrane on


2004 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)


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
dash controls.

Gas mileage has been 16-17 mpg in
town, not bad for a 400 HP rocket.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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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