2005 Jaguar S-Type 3.0 Road Test
For 2005, Jaguar designers freshened the lower front fascia of the S-Type and refocused the cat's tail by subtly squaring-off
|Jag styling evolves very slowly. Do anything too dramatic in restyling a classic cat and you can expect to hear from the legions of its loyal devotees. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, Canadian Auto Press)|
Jaguar heritage is equally evident inside the S-Type. Settling into a Jag has always been a visceral experience denoted by the smell and feel of stitched leather upholstery and genuine wood trim, both of which are abundant in the opulent cabin of the S-Type. The Champagne and Ivory colour scheme in my tester was beautifully matched to the bronze Madrona wood veneer gracing the dashboard, doors and centre console. During
|Settling into a Jag has always been a visceral experience denoted by the smell and feel of stitched leather upholstery and genuine wood trim. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, Canadian Auto Press)|
The interior fit-and-finish in my tester was consistent with premium-car standards and the non-organic materials used were first-rate. Ergonomically, this cat is well-adjusted and free of the peculiarities sometimes associated with cars from the UK. The heated, leather- covered front buckets provided fatigue-free support. Obtaining the perfect driving position was easily accomplished using a multi-function control to set the pedal distance plus steering wheel height and distance.