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What is it?
The XE is a compact executive model that comes only as a four-door saloon. There are five trim levels and five engine choices, including a high-performance 3.0 XE S version. The XE was introduced in 2015, its distant predecessor is the X-Type.
What is the Jaguar XE like to drive?
Jaguar is keen to emphasise the XE’s credentials as a sporting saloon that’s economical to run, and on the road it doesn’t disappoint, slicing through curves with entertaining aplomb. And it’s comfortable too. This particularly applies to the more powerful petrol models, although the diesels are also more engaging drives than average. The XE has a good driving position that provides a clear view out, and well-arranged controls. The seats are comfortable too. All the engines provide strong performance, the 163hp diesel rewarding use of the manual gearbox. The 2.0 petrol automatic is an excellent all-rounder, while the 340hp is memorably brisk. All make refined high-speed cruisers. The six-speed manual is reasonably slick to shift, the eight-speed automatic impressively smooth.
What engines are available?
The diesel choice consists of 163hp and 180hp versions of the 2.0 litre four cylinder. The petrols include a 2.0 litre four cylinder, the top-of- the-range a supercharged 340hp 3.0 V6. All engines apart from the 340hp 3.0 come with a six-speed manual as standard. An eight- speed automatic is optional, and standard on the 3.0 petrol.
What are the key standard features of the Jaguar XE?
The entry-level XE SE comes with sat-nav, Bluetooth, 8.0in touchscreen, voice control, DAB radio, USP port, iPod integration, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, keyless go, remote central locking, hill-hold assist, driver select, electric parking brake, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, electric heated door mirrors, electric front seat recline, 40:20:40 split fold rear seat, rear armrest, leather wheel, 17in alloys.
Prestige (over SE): leather upholstery, heated front seats, ambient lighting.
R-Sport (over Prestige): R-Sport exterior styling kit, sports suspension, bi-xenon headlights, headlight washers, 18in alloys (17in for 163hp diesel).
Portfolio (over Prestige): bi-xenon headlights, headlight washers, Meridian sound system, 10-way adjustable electric seats, upgraded leather upholstery, 18in alloys (17in for 163hp diesel).
XE S (over Prestige): eight-speed automatic transmission, S exterior styling kit, sports 10-way adjustable electric front seats, sports steering wheel and pedals, adaptive dynamics (not with 163hp diesel), keyless entry, power bootlid, Meridian sound system, 2 x 12v sockets, 19in alloys.
What are the key options?
Black packs (styling, dynamics), parking packs, memory, lighting, convenience, cold climate, highway technology (adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, head-up display, collision alert), panoramic glass packs. Adaptive cruise control with forward alert, head-up display, Meridian sound system, wi-fi hotspot, adaptive dynamics, parking aids, rear view camera, blind spot monitor, heated windscreen, powerfold mirrors, privacy glass, bi-xenon headlights, intelligent high beam panoramic glass roof, electric front seats, heated seats, power adjustable wheel, rear blind, power bootlid.
How spacious is the Jaguar XE?
There’s ample space in the front of the XE, decent space for two adults in the rear and a third for shorter journeys. The boot is big, well-shaped and can be lengthened by folding the 40:20:40 split rear seat. On-board oddments storage is good.
What will it cost to run?
XE diesel Co2 emissions range from 99g/km for the 163hp diesel manual to 109g/km for the 180hp diesel manual. The entry-level 200hp petrol turbo 2.0 issues 179g/km, as does the 240hp version of the same engine. The supercharged 340hp 3.0 V6 produces 194g/km. Combined fuel consumption ranges from 75mpg for the 163hp diesel manual to 34.9mpg for the XE S. The 2.0 turbo engines achieve 37.7mpg. BIK ratings range from 15% for the 163hp diesel manual to 31% for the 3.0 V6. The 2.0 petrols rate at 28%.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, adaptive antilock brakes, ESP anti-skid control and driver attention alert are standard. The XE has yet to be assessed by Euro NCAP. Optional electronic driver aids include blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear. Options include front-parking sensors, 360deg parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor.
Premium alternatives include the, Audi A4 and A5, BMW 3 Series and 3 Series Gran Turismo, Infiniti Q50, Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen Passat CC and Volvo S60. Mainstream rivals include the Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai i40, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Peugeot 508, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat.