It’s a compact sports saloon, pretty much the heartland car for anyone who has a decent regular job, a couple of kids and a smattering of Coldplay and Adele albums. Only this particular example is wearing a Jaguar badge, which makes the XE officially a big deal. Not least for Jaguar, whose last stab, the X-Type, was a faux-premium reheated Ford Mondeo. Jaguar could do with this one being a big fat hit, and consequently has thrown everything it knows (and a few billion pounds) into the mix. Check for review & price of Jaguar cars
Design-wise, the XE is everything we expected from a sports sedan aimed at the BMW 3er. It has a long hood, a short rear end and coupe-like roofline that is apparently inspired by the XF. Overall, the sedan’s lines are deeply sculpted, although the profile lines are rather soft. The front end is highlighted by narrow headlamps and the large grille, while prominent air dams — likely reserved only for the XE S — occupy most of the bumper.
Around back, the XE borrows yet again from the XF, especially in the taillight and bumper areas. That said, it’s more than obvious that Brits sacrificed the XF’s elegant lines in favor of a sportier appearance. The brand-new design comes with an impressive drag coefficient that sits at only 0.26.
The standard model rides on 17-inch wheels, but options include anything from 18- to 20-inch rollers. Various wheel designs are also available. Check Ex Showroom Price of XE
Just like the rest of the Jaguar lineup, the XE has been developed using stiff, bonded and riveted aluminum structures, an aerospace-inspired technology that leads to impressive weight loss. Designed around a new modular platform, the XE’s structure is mostly made of lightweight 6000-series aluminum. Specifically, 75 percent of the unibody is crafted from the lightweight metal, which enables it to deliver extraordinary torsional stiffness.
The five-seat Jaguar XE has standard power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Higher trims add leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and front sport seats with added side bolsterinThe front seats are comfortable enough to keep the driver and front passenger content, even on long trips. The side bolsters aren’t particularly supportive, however, so it’s possible you may slide around a bit while taking corners. You can get optional sport seats with more side bolstering to better hold you in place. The back seats have enough room to accommodate two adults for short trips, but the limited head- and legroom will make tall adults feel cramped. Buy the Audi A4 or the larger Jaguar XF for more back-seat room.
The XE’s cabin doesn’t quite match the level of quality most buyers expect from a Jaguar. Where most German competitors have top-notch materials, the XE has a mixture of hard plastics and nicer materials. The XE’s cabin feels more competitive with a much lower-priced affordable sedan than a luxury model.The XE has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class and competitive with the cargo capacities of some midsize sedans. (The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series only have 13 cubic feet each.) Unfortunately, it’s hard to utilize all that space. The opening isn’t very large, and the trunk itself is fairly narrow, so hauling wide items may be difficult.
The XE is available with two different infotainment systems: a standard 8-inch model and another with a 10.2-inch screen. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses. With the more basic, standard system, you should have no trouble navigating the menus or finding the digital buttons you need. Plus, there are physical controls for some commonly used features. The 8-inch system can be slow to respond to inputs, however, and it doesn’t have as many high-tech features as the larger system.The 10.2-inch screen has sharper graphics than the smaller screen, and it’s faster too. It can also recognize smartphonelike gestures, including pinching and swiping. But the optional system absorbs most of the car’s physical controls, which means you’ll have to sort through more menus with more buttons to access the systems you want.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The Jaguar XE has been launched with just a petrol engine in India for now. The two trim levels get different tune and we had the higher tune variant. The 2.0-litre Ford sourced engine produces 237 BHP of power and 340 Nm of torque. The figures translate into excellent performance which is further assisted by the brilliant 8-speed ZF gearbox. The gearshifts are extremely smooth and most of the times, one wouldn’t even realise when the gear changes. When using paddles, the gearbox holds the revs and doesn’t upshift automatically on hitting the redline. This lets the driver have a lot of fun in ghat sections.
The Jaguar XE gets four driving modes – Eco, Normal, Dynamic and Winter. The character of the car is very different in the four. The Eco mode dulls the throttle response and the gearbox upshifts very quickly to maximise fuel efficiency. The Normal mode is the best balance of power and comfort with the steering being reasonably light. The Dynamic mode is best reserved for those occasions when you are in the mood for a bit of fun. The Winter mode is particularly useful in snow conditions and it makes the car start of in 2nd gear to control the power transmitted to the rear wheels.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Avoid the R-Sport versions – which come on lower, stiffer suspension than cheaper models – and the XE is a really comfortable car. The ride is firm, but it’s supple enough to take the sting out of potholes in town and is wonderfully settled on the motorway.You can add optional adaptive shock absorbers (they’re standard on the V6 S), but the standard suspension is so good that we’d recommend you save your money. This is a bonus over a BMW 3 Series, which needs the optional adaptive suspension to deliver the best blend of ride and handling.
Look no further if you’re after a sporty executive car. The Jaguar XE handles superbly, darting in to bends and staying flat and composed through all manner of twists and turns.It also grips well, and the steering on rear-wheel-drive versions is sharp and precise. On four-wheel-drive XEs it doesn’t respond or weight up quite as consistently, but it’s still very good.While the lowered R-Sport models have the sharpest handling, it isn’t worth the compromise this brings in ride comfort over the fluid-feeling standard XE models, so avoid this trim if you can.Likewise, the standard suspension is good enough that you don’t need to bother with the optional adaptive shock absorbers.
Standard safety features on the 2017 XE include stability and traction control, front-seat side and side curtain airbags, and hazard lights that automatically activate under heavy braking. A rearview camera is standard on the Premium trim level and above, while the R-Sport further comes with drowsy driver monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.
The R-Sport trim’s standard front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert can be added to the Premium or Prestige trim via a Vision package (which also adds the adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams). As noted above, there’s also a Driver Assistance package (R-Sport) with additional safety technologies.
Every XE comes with InControl Protect (including SOS emergency calling, Jaguar roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location) and InControl Remote (a smartphone app with vehicle status reports, remote locking and unlocking, and other remote features).
Jaguar is the last one to introduce an entry-level sedan amongst its peers but it has used its time very well. The XE is an excellent package combining practicality, sportiness and comfort. The engine combined with the gearbox and driving dynamics will ensure that the enthusiast in you is satisfied whereas the comfort level will ensure that the other passengers are comfortable too. It has truly shaken up the segment with the only fly in the ointment being the high price. It is priced at a quite a premium over the Mercedes C200 but we would say it is well worth the premium. The British brand has indeed succeeded in making the baby Jag the best driver’s sedan in its segment.