The 2008 Jaguar S-Type gets a minor exterior facelift as it enters its final model year. This premium midsize sedan will be replaced by the 2009 Jaguar XF during calendar 2008. The S-Type comes in three models, each with a different engine. The 3.0 has a 235-hp 3.0-liter V6; the 4.2 has a 300-hp 4.2-liter V8; the sporty R has a supercharged 400-hp 4.2 V8. All have a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. The R has a sport suspension, exclusive mesh grille, and larger wheels and tires.
These Jaguars are a pleasure to drive, with appointments and features worthy of the class. On the downside, prices are steep, and resale values pale vs. most rivals in this class.