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Stylishly distinctive Jaguar
Kelley Blue Book
faces chronograph-style dials
classier-looking sibling of the Lincoln LS
Wood cabin trim and richly padded surfaces befit a Jaguar
Luxury car buyers looking for an alternative to the more common German rivals have a chance to stand apart from the crowd while piloting the 2008 Jaguar S-Type.
Kelley Blue Book notes, "Distinctive styling is Jaguar's strength," and says that "this holds true for the S-Type." The curvaceous exterior is immediately recognizable as a Jaguar, even though the Jaguar S-Type shares its underpinnings with the now-defunct Lincoln LS. Jaguar designers brought elements of their famous styles of the 1960s to create a luxury car that stands out from the competition. The S-Type Jaguar has been around since 2000, with the last major changes to the design in 2006. For 2008, Jaguar upgrades the look of the Jaguar S-Type by including the sporty mesh grille and special front bumper of the R model as standard equipment for the entire model range. Edmunds refers to it as the "classier-looking sibling of the Lincoln LS." Nine years is a pretty long model run nowadays, however, and although Car and Driver considers the exterior styling of this 2008 Jaguar a high point for fans of the design, they acknowledge that the "S-type is really showing its age in...looks."
The Jaguar S-Type carries its English style into the passenger compartment as well. Jaguars are known for their classy interiors, which Car and Driver characterizes as "typical wood and leather Jaguar interior." Drivers of the 2008 Jaguar S-Type are welcomed by a burl walnut wood veneer, while the Jaguar S-Type R sports a matte-finish satin mahogany. The wood appointments and sumptuous leather upholstery contribute to what Edmunds refers to as "Old-world British ambience." Touches like the classic chronograph-style dials on the instrument panel of the Jaguar S-Type and lack of excessive gadgetry impress Kelley Blue Book, which says, "The standard wood-lined interior is designed for luxury." In addition, since this is the last model year for this particular Jaguar, 2008 marks the only time to get one of the final 750 2008 Jaguar S-Type Rs with a specially equipped satin interior.
The 2008 Jaguar S-Type is a distinctively styled luxury automobile that scores big with Jaguar fans or someone who wants a unique design.