I have just returned from Toronto (tons of Jaguars [only one Series III V12
spotted] in Canada’s navel-gazing, hedonistic metropolis; I have a right to
say this; I was born there) where I had the pleasure of driving a 2001 S
type for four days. WOW! Loved it.
Is it a Jaguar? definitely. It handles beautifully, is very quiet, turns
heads, is solidly built (the fit and finish were perfect), has every
electronic convenience known to man (the motorised steering wheel adjustment
is a kick), and has very comfortable seats. Wonderful dual zone climate
control. Everything has a high-quality look and feel (except as noted
It is FAST and this was the smaller engined 3.0 litre car.
Negatives: the wood is too perfect; it now looks like that stuff that
could be plastic. On our XJ cars there is just enough of a grain or slight
undulation in the finish to tell you that it is real wood; the wood in the
new Jaguars is applied to a metal base, and the finish is glossy smooth,
just like plastic. Not for me. The leather is soft and smooth, but is
missing Connolly’s old tanning aroma. The windscreen pillars are thick and
the angle allows for a significant blind spot, that might be overcome with
familiarity. The ride was the same ride you get in any premium European
saloon of its size. Is the ride as good as on the XJ? NO, not nearly.
Those are the only negative things I have to say about the car. I loved it.
Would I trade my Series III car for it? Never.
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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