Jaguar XE

5/5
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Verdict

If the Jaguar XE is an example of the quality of engineering and design ethos that is to come in the future, then we are all in for a treat. The baby Jaguar with a ferocious bite.

Performance

Performance is still very much at the core of Jaguar’s heritage. While the XE’s new aluminium intensive monocoque improves rigidity improving performance, it’s also lighter meaning it’s more economical too. The XE is available with a choice of two diesel engines and two petrol engines. The diesel options are the four cylinder 2.0 diesel Ingenium engines with a choice of 165bhp or 180bhp. Petrol options include the four cylinder 2.0 with 200bhp with a range topping 3.0 V6 with 335bhp. Both diesel options come with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 8-speed ZF automatic transmission while the petrol options come with the auto option only. All models are rear wheel drive.

Ride & Handling

Jaguar have a long sporting heritage so driver enjoyment was key in the development of the XE. While the XE excels in offering a smart comfortable ride, behind the wheel it feels sharp thanks to its new electric steering that turns in well making the car feel planted at all times. Throttle response and refinement from both variants of the diesel power variants is excellent with the 165bhp engine emitting just 99g/km of C02. Power delivery right up to the high end of the rev mark is excellent while the ZF automatic gearbox manages the power almost perfectly. Overall the ride is firm and engaging but perhaps not quite as sharp as the BMW 3 Series.

Refinement

The Jaguar XE is available with a choice of five trim levels designed with the businessman and enthusiastic sports driver in mind. The trims consist of XE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport and S. The XE’s interior is in a class of its own. The BMW 3 Series does not come close in terms of design while the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 can’t touch its ambiance for pure classiness. The first three trim levels provide a welcoming vibe with supple leather seats and a wraparound fascia while the R-Sport and S models get taut back hugging sports seats that empahsise the XE’s low driving position and instantly make you feel part of the car.

Quality & Reliability

There is no questioning the build quality, use of materials and finish to the interior of the Jaguar XE. When you consider this to be the smallest car in their range, it doesn’t make you feel any less special than their range topping XJ. The cabin is awash with leather on the seats and door cards while it get one of the best looking dashboards in its class. The centre console is finished in a combination of leather and piano black with contrast aluminium inserts compete with a 7 inch touch screen at the top of the centre console that houses the infotainment and connectivity system.

Safety & Security

The Jaguar XE scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety crash test making it one of the safest small saloons on the road. It gets some clever technology that improve safety on the road like torque vectoring that switches power to the corner of the car that needs most traction. Adaptive surface response, adaptive dynamics, head-up display, blind spot monitor, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.

Space & Practicality

Despite the coupe looks and designed roofline that the XE inherits from the F-Type coupe, headroom in the back for adult passengers is good. Legroom is not the best in its class but it’s still ample for adults. It gets a large 450 litre boot which is slightly down on the BMW 3 Series but enough room for a car of its size never the less.

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Key Facts

New Price
€37,995
Make

Jaguar

Model
XE
Variant
XE 2.0 D SE MANUAL
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
2.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon

Running Costs

Tax
€180
Tax Band
A2
Average Cost Per 200km
€9.26
Cost of filling a tank
€68.26
Average L/100km
3.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
56
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1474
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
99
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Rear
Brake Horsepower
163
Top Speed
227 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
8.4
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
380

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
455
Kerb weight
1500
Tyre Size Front
205/55 R17
Tyre Size Back
205/55 R17
Wheel Base
2835

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
6 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Jaguar XE is our 2016 Compact Executive Car of the Year and offers a fine balance between performance, efficiency and luxury.
Top Gear
At ease, the baby Jag is a good 'un. Good job, because there's a lot riding on it.
What Car
There are more spacious executive saloons, but none handles as sweetly as the Jaguar XE. It’s a fine choice.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
455 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
205/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
205/55 R17 mm
Length
4672 mm
Width
1850 mm
Height
1416 mm
Wheel Base
2835 mm
Front Track (mm)
1416 mm
Kerb weight
1500 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2100 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.66 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
163 bhp