Jaguar XE (2015) Review

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Jaguar XE (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+Strong alternative to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Superb ride comfort and fuel economy. Eight-speed automatic is excellent. Interior is much improved from 2019.

-Not a lot of room in the back. Boot is smaller than its rivals.

New prices start from £33,915
Insurance Groups are between 22–35
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure

With attractive styling, a satisfying drive and - from 2019 - a much-improved interior, the Jaguar XE is a strong competitor to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

The Jaguar XE takes a lot of its styling cues from the XF, using the same aluminium construction techniques to rival its German counterparts for weight and rigidity. As a result the XE is extremely good to drive. The suspension also impresses, striking a good balance between comfort and engagement when it comes to tackling challenging corners. 

Power comes from a range of four and six-cylinder all-aluminium petrol and diesel engines, with the headliner being the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, which returns an official 57.6mpg. 

While initially available with a six-speed manual gearbox, an excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox is now standard across the range. Rear- and all-wheel-drive variants are available.

The cabin of the XE is comfortable and well-equipped, with cruise control, navigation and a smart rising rotary controller - for automatics - included as standard on early models. However, there are a few areas that initially disappointed on quality and some of the plastics felt below par. The layout of the dashboard and conservative styling also lacks the innovation of Audi and BMW equivalents, which makes the XE feel a little dull inside.

Things were improved for 2019, when Jaguar's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system - as seen on the i-Pace - was offered for the first time. This uses a pair of touchscreen displays in the centre of the dash, providing access to navigation and Apple CarPlay, as well as climate control settings. It's slick to use and does a really good job of modernising the interior.

Unfortunately, the XE doesn't match its rivals for practicality. Its sloping roof and limited rear legroom makes it a tight fit for large adults, while its 455-litre boot isn't as big as German rivals. The narrow opening can make loading large items tricky, too, and there isn't an estate model available.

The Jaguar XE is still an impressive car though, particularly following its 2019 updates. It's great to drive (although the BMW 3 Series is slightly better), and the interior feels tech-packed and up-to-date (if not as plush as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class).

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Real MPG average for a Jaguar XE (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

93%

Real MPG

22–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

339

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Dealer has told us a car we like was used for Rolling Road testing. Should we avoid it?
"We are looking to purchase a 2016 Jaguar XE with only 10,500 miles on the clock. The main dealer has informed us that it has not been on the road but has been used for testing on a Rolling Road. Could you give us your views on this? Is there a reason for not buying it?"
If it is a development vehicle then it should be crushed or sent back to Jaguar, not sold to the general public. Most evaluation vehicles and prototypes are not built to the same standards and specifications as production vehicles. This means the car is either unapproved for use on the public road or the dealer is telling you a tall tale to shift a car that's been sitting around for long periods of time doing nothing. Either way, I would move on and choose something else.
Answered by Dan Powell
Our car was never built because of lockdown. When will we get it?
"We ordered a Jaguar XE, just before lockdown, for delivery in 13 weeks. The production of it was never started and we are worried about whether our car will be made. We paid a deposit and would still like the car but are uncertain of our position."
You'll get your car but there'll be a delay because of lockdown. Dealers will be opening from the start of next week so should be able to provide more information then.
Answered by Andrew Brady
A used car I bought three months ago broke down. Is the dealer responsible?
"I brought Jaguar XE secondhand from a dealer in December 2019. After three months, the car suddenly stopped while driving and failed to start. A local garage diagnosed that the engine and turbo need to be replaced due to internal damage. I wrote to the the dealer and asked them to repair or refund the cost of car and they wrote back saying that they are not responsible, but as a goodwill gesture, they will pay for the repair of the turbo. What should I do, take this further (legal action) or accept the offer?"
The answer will very much depend on the cause of the failure. If it's a fault with the car then the dealer can be held liable for any problems that develop within the first six months of ownership. This is because the fault is deemed to be legally present of developing at the time of sale. That means the dealer will have to fix the car or give you your money back (minus a fee for the usage you've already had): https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-consumer-rights/ However, if the car ran out of oil or water then you will have no comeback against the dealer because this will be classed as (lack of) general maintenance.
Answered by Dan Powell
Am I mad to want to buy a Jaguar as my last car?
"My first car bought in Malaya in 1954 was a used Jaguar one and half litre. When I sold it I promised myself that my last car would be a Jaguar. I am now in position to buy a used Jaguar for around £20K. My wife thinks that at 85 I must be mad, what do you think?"
Sadly, the Jaguar XE has not been anything like as popular as Jaguar had hoped (not even selling the the volumes of the old X-Type). If you go for one, the diesels have not been too much trouble and are EU6, but still better to buy one with a petrol engine. Go for the smallest wheels with the deepest profile tyres you can find.
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