- The S-Type Reviewed. A beautiful car in a beautiful setting, in the heart of Devonshire countryside. This example is the 3 litre V6, in black with ivory leather interior.

The S-Type reviewed by James May and Richard Hammond

James May and Richard Hammond both reviewed the S-Type before they were on Top Gear.

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James May on Driven

We know that Richard Hammond and James May were fired many times before they ended up on Top Gear, let alone on The Grand Tour. (Yes and before you start, no they weren’t fired from Top Gear).

Not only was James on the pre-Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman version of Top Gear he was also on 'Driven' back in 1998. It was then that he reviewed the S-Type while it was still wearing only its ‘bra and pants’ (the car that is) as they call it, before the styling is added.

All the tell-tale signs of the presenter's future success were already there - a dislike of speed and the sense of humour, and he definitely wanted things done properly. He was even on one of his occasional forays into short hair. The car performed very well. Marvellous handling.

We can only apologise for the quality of the picture from the video. We can accept no responsiblity for James' haircut.

We can only apologise for the quality of the picture from the video. We can accept no responsiblity for James' haircut.

James on Old Old Top Gear

James reviewed the S-Type again in 1999, with the help of old old Top Gear team of Tiff, Vicky, and Quentin. The jokes needed a little work. The car was very good, apart from that tricky front grille.

James with slightly longer hair the following year. And a red Jaguar S-Type, which is always good.

James with slightly longer hair the following year. And a red Jaguar S-Type, which is always good.

Note the quaint accents and jokes from a previous century.

Progress has been made since then, on both the hair and the accents. Jaguar's cars have come along way since those days as well, although some say that they were at their best.

Richard Hammond on Men and Motors, 2000

Richard Hammond also reviewed the S-Type on Men and Motors. He approves of the 3 litre V6 engine and considers it likely to be the most popular choice. It has to be said that the grey interior of the car didn’t help it (but have it in *ivory leather and it’s really lovely).

A fabulous car and Richard Hammond, dressed for the occasion, in 2000.

A fabulous car and Richard Hammond, dressed for the occasion, in 2000.

The grille shape and the shape of headlamps are a nod to the car's Mkll heritage. The 'lumpen' 4 litre V8 engine got short shrift but the V6 got full marks. In this version it included voice activiation and Trevor McDonald in the glove box.

Again with the help of the rest of the Men and Motors team he compared it with the Rover 75 mainly with the help of a couple of cabbies.

Credit : Men & Motors

Credit : Men & Motors

This time the Jag is a 'boldly styled' S-Type, with the option of a 3 litre V6 (Ford) engine, or a 'more proper' 4 litre engine. Hmmm. The Rover 75 was 'galleon like'. Well we all know what happened to the Rover and galleons.

The consensus of opinion was that the S-Type was streets ahead. Smooth, classy, and comfortable.

Those were the old days of Jaguar and the S-Type has become a bit of a classic

We look forward to the new Jaguars, and new reports on their progress. What's next? The XE? The F-Pace? Yes please! The XE-R, Driven. Coming to 'I Love A Jaaaaag' very soon.

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