Jaguar XE (2015) Review
Jaguar XE (2015) At A Glance
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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