Jaguar XE information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Jag’s 3-series rival. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the XE car range.
The Jaguar XE is the new compact executive saloon which picks up where the X-type left off. But that’s the last time we’ll mention the X word, for this is a very different kettle of fish. It’s based on a new aluminium structure and premieres JLR’s new Ingenium engines for low emissions. For more information on the XE, click on our further stories on the links below.
Jaguar XE reviews
Here are quick-links to all of CAR magazine UK's road tests. Plus use the lists at the bottom of the page for more XE stories:
60sec road test
The new XE launched in 2015 as Jaguar’s new competitor in the big-selling premium compact saloon market. It’s a clean-sheet design and it's one of the sharpest drives in the sector. The design is slick, smart, safe… Jaguar’s taken no risks here. It’s like a shrunken XF that’s doing a 3-series copycat look. And that’s no bad thing.
The interior has a large touchscreen which finally banishes the awful digital interfaces from the previous generation models to make finger-flicking easier and more intuitive. The InControl system syncs with your smartphone and there are apps to let you set the XE’s climate control, unlock it and even start the engine… from your phone!
Aluminium construction keeps weight pegged down, to the benefit of emissions (sub 100g/km is promised from the cleanest diesel), handling and performance. This feels like a lithe, sporting compact Jaguar and it has a character at once different from the German competition: it strikes a brilliant balance between ride and corner-carving, performance is strong and the cabin is special enough to feel premium and luxurious, even if it is shadowed by the sublime C-class's cockpit.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
There are no weak XEs. Make sure you don't cock up the spec by reading our guide to Jag XE equipment and spec advice here.
Rivals to consider
Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Lexus IS, Mercedes C-class
Starring in CAR magazine
'There is room for four six-footers in the back of the XE, but I'm 6ft 1in and my hair brushes the headlining, and my knees touch the scalloped seatbacks with their solid plastic centres. I could sit here all day with only muffled griping, but take note if you've sired giant offspring' (CAR magazine, March 2015)
A brilliant package, aluminium tech, balance between ride and handling
Marginally safe styling, tighter packaging than rivals, some quality foibles
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