1966 Jaguar S-type vs. 1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C, 1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible, 2000 Jaguar XKR X100 and 2002 Jaguar XJR X308

   
1966 Jaguar S-type vs. 1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C, 1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible, 2000 Jaguar XKR X100 and 2002 Jaguar XJR X308 - comparison road test 2018 Charlie Magee and Drive-My EN

Time To Pounce We test five undervalued Jaguars to capture while they’re still £5k-£25k – S-type, XJ12C, XJS, XJR and XKR. The distinctive style and performance that marks out Jaguars needn’t cost a fortune to own. Here are five that offer the best value of the lot. Words Russ Smith. Photography Charlie Magee.


Who says you can’t herd cats? Left to right: XJR, XJ5.3C, XJS Convertible, S-type and XKR offer unrivalled style and ability for the money.


JAGUAR BEST BUYS  How to get into these silken performers while they’re still £5-25k Choose from S-type, XJC, XKR, XJR and XJS. Forget the E-type – our pick of great-value classic Jaguars to buy this summer.


Look beyond the obvious icons of the revered E-type and XK and the entry price to performance Jaguar ownership is actually set pretty low. Yet you are still joining a smart and exclusive club, in which powerful and characterful engines, a smooth ride and great style are prerequisites. They’re vehicles of distinction too – no one ever mistakes a Jaguar for anything else. The company’s back catalogue contains some sleepers – models that offer all of the above, but also represent remarkably good value when measured against their rivals or just plain logic. We’ve settled on five of them which do just that and are also showing early signs of price rises – which means now is the smart time to buy one and enjoy driving it in the knowledge that you’ll also be smiling if you come to sell later.


1966 Jaguar S-type vs. 1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C, 1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible, 2000 Jaguar XKR X100 and 2002 Jaguar XJR X308 - comparison road test
1966 Jaguar S-type vs. 1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C, 1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible, 2000 Jaguar XKR X100 and 2002 Jaguar XJR X308 - comparison road test


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  1. Phil CLASSIC Bell

Why everyone deserves to experience the unique and creamy blend of style, handling and power of a Jaguar

New or old, Jaguars have always offered a generous dollop of style and performance for the money, and while many continue to do so as classics, the most iconic models have become no-one’s idea of a bargain. But over-familiarity has kept the rest helpfully suppressed, until now. Yet, from S-type to XKR, our favourite stalwarts of affordable power and poise have also been quietly creeping up in price.

Time for our trawler of the classic car market, Russ Smith, to fish out the models that are best bought now before they move too much – it would be a crime for anyone to miss out on the uniquely life-enriching experience of Jaguar ownership. I once ran a Daimler Sovereign Series III.

I grew to love its uncanny blend of serenity and capability more with each journey, particularly on some memorable trips where it cosseted in town and on motorway, then proved an enthusiastic accomplice to some spirited progress on twisting A-roads. It was a handsome thing with a lithe form that disguised its size and an interior that never failed to make me feel good about life. Any of Russ’s choices will do the same but it’s the pictures of the XJ5.3C that I keep returning to.


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Jaguars have always had the inherent ability to iron out a motorway and then go on an A-road rampage.

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