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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, side impact protection--driver; five stars, side impact protection--rear passenger
All 2008 Jaguar S-Types come standard with the six airbags now expected in most luxury sedans
The S-Type Jaguar, like any model in the 2008 Jaguar range, maintains safety as a top priority.
The Jaguar S-Type received four to five stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating for side impact protection, and five star rating for rollover resistance. The Jaguar S-Type has not been tested for frontal impact, but the structurally similar Lincoln LS fared well, receiving four to five stars. This will be the final year for this model Jaguar; 2008 marks the end of the S-Type. It is being replaced with the 2009 XF.
In addition to its strong body structure, there are loads of standard safety features on every Jaguar S-Type. According to Edmunds, "All 2008 Jaguar S-Types come standard with the six airbags now expected in most luxury sedans." The front airbags are new "depowered" versions as well, which have sensors to adjust the force of deployment depending on the weight of the occupant and the severity of the crash, resulting in an airbag system that is less likely to create injuries to smaller occupants. In addition, Edmunds lists other standard safety features, including four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. Although no system can correct negligent driving or the laws of physics, this sophisticated technology engages to limit wheel spin at each corner due to poor traction or excessive throttle inputs and help the driver regain control.
Visibility is not an issue for the Jaguar S-Type; about the only thing that could be done to improve upon this is to address the "high dashboard," as ConsumerGuide mentions, or the stylishly low roof, but these stylistic elements by no means make this 2008 Jaguar any less safe.
TheCarConnection.com believes the 2008 Jaguar S-Type is a reasonably safe car because of its good standard safety equipment and its acceptable crash-test data where available.