Jaguar XE Review 2024
Jaguar XE At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 22–35
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure
The Jaguar XE is everything a car from the British brand should be, just in a more compact package than its Jaguar XF big sister. It looks smart yet discreet, drives very well and has a superbly controlled ride on bumpy roads. The smart cabin comes with all the kit you could want from this class, although the rear seats and boot are less spacious than those in its key German rivals. Read on for our full Jaguar XE review.
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 C-Class, highly polished Audi A4 and great-handling BMW 3 Series. It also gives potential Volvo S60 buyers pause for thought.
The Jaguar XE takes a lot of its styling cues from the Jaguar XF, using the same aluminium construction techniques to rival its German counterparts for weight and rigidity. As a result the Jaguar 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-cylinder all-aluminium petrol and diesel engines, with the headliner being the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, which returns an official 58.1mpg.
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, although four-wheel drive is reserved for the most powerful petrol model.
The cabin is comfortable and well-equipped, with cruise control, navigation and a smart rising rotary controller – for automatics – included as standard on early models. Every Jaguar XE now uses an automatic transmission.
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 Jaguar XE feel a little dull inside.
Things were improved for 2019, when Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system – as seen on the Jaguar 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 Jaguar XE doesn’t match its rivals for practicality. Its sloping roof and limited rear legroom make it a tight fit for large adults in the back, while its 455-litre boot isn’t as big as those on 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 better), and the interior feels tech-packed and up-to-date (if not as plush as the Mercedes C-Class).
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar’s Jaguar XE review.