Jaguar XE Review 2022

Jaguar XE 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 £31,165
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).

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Jaguar XE review

Real MPG average for a Jaguar XE

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

24–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

388

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Which car should I buy for motorway commuting?
"I am looking for a car for motorway commuting and I am spiralling down an endless rabbit hole of options! I drive around 500 miles a week - a mix of 80% double carriage/motorway and 20% single carriage/broads/town. Comfort and economy are important to me so ideally I'm thinking of a biggish car (though I'm not keen on SUVs). I do quite like my options too (i.e. adaptive cruise control, digital dashboard). My budget is around £30k and I'm considering the following: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class, BMW 3 Series or 5 Series, Skoda Octavia or Superb, Jaguar XE or XF, or Volkswagen Arteon. What do you recommend? "
The Skoda Superb estate scores well for user satisfaction and your budget will get you a post-facelift example with all the toys you mention. For ultimate comfort, the Mercedes C-Class is a good shout and it's just been replaced so there may be deals to be done on slightly older cars. The E-Class is even more comfortable and many of them will have been specified with air suspension that takes them to another level compared to the rivals you mention. The Jaguars offer a great balance between comfort and handling, particularly the XF, but they're feeling a little dated now. The BMW prioritises comfort at the slight expense of comfort, but both the 3 and 5 Series are still great cars to do lots of miles in.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Downsizing from a Jaguar XE - what should I buy?
"I presently have a five-year-old Jaguar XE. I'm looking to change for a smaller car as I’m getting older and no longer do as many long journeys. However, I really enjoy the heated seats, sunroof, reversing camera and comfortable seats. Can I get these in a small car?"
Heated seats and a reversing camera are pretty universal now, although a sunroof might take a little more finding. Take a look at the Volkswagen Polo – it's one of our favourite small cars, available with heated seats, an opening sunroof and a reversing camera. Also consider a Ford Fiesta – you can get it in posh Vignale trim, which feels like a mini luxury car.
Answered by Andrew Brady
A dealer is offering no incentives to buy a new car with them. Is this common right now?
"I recently went to a local dealership to inquire/buy a Jaguar XE-S. I was taken through the Jaguar online 'Build your car' and shown the final cost. When I asked about incentives to buy at that dealership I was told there were none (no discount, no mud flaps, nothing)! Is this likely to be the reaction I get from a different dealership or did I catch them on a bad day?"
Now isn't a great time to be seeking a good deal on a new car. There are long waiting lists and a shortage of new cars being built, mainly due to the current global semiconductor microchip shortage. Combine this with increased demand (lots of 'accidental savers' looking to treat themselves to new cars) and dealers have to make little effort to sell cars. We'd recommend waiting, if possible, or looking for an as-new pre-registered model. You might be able to save a bit of money and skip the waiting list by buying an example already on a dealer's forecourt.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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
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