Why the press think the new XE is a class leader
The XE represents Jaguar’s second attempt at taking on the very popular small executive car sector and first wholly Jaguar-built effort.
It’s been very well received across the motoring press and even placed into the upper echelons of the class – a rarity for sector debuts. It’s not just for the cool Ian Callum-designed exterior either, as the XE attracts accolades in all departments.
Starting the impressive repertoire is the new range of in-house developed Ingenium engines. The diesel engines are already sold in the car, available from launch, with the petrol engines to come later. In lower output 161hp form the car qualifies for zero-rate VED, with CO2 emissions down at 99g/km, while still returning a 0-60mph sprint in 8.4 seconds. The more powerful 177hp version of the same engine is just about half a second quicker but will still only cost you £20 each year in VED.
The petrol cars are more performance oriented, with 197hp and 236hp versions both showing 179g/km local CO2 emissions. Should you want even more performance, there is the XE S using the supercharged 3.0 V6 from the Jaguar F-Type, for 335hp and a 0-60mph sprint in just 5 seconds. Whichever engine you select for your XE, you can be assured of refinement and smooth power delivery.
Another carryover from the F-Type is the 8-speed automatic gearbox. This is available paired with any engine in place of the 6-speed manual, except for the XE S where the auto is the only option. With paddle shifters should you feel the need to shift gears yourself, the auto complements the range of engines perfectly, attracting industry-wide praise.
Completing the driving jigsaw, the XE is also a class leader when it comes to matching ride comfort with handling. The ultra-light aluminium bonded chassis is paired with suspension architecture inspired by the F-Type to create a car that’s a joy to drive. The JaguarDrive Control and braking torque vectoring systems give surefootedness too, but all the while the XE rides like a Jaguar should.
In a first for the sector, the XE when equipped with the automatic gearbox come fitted with all-surface progress control (ASPC). This Land Rover-developed system operates at speeds below 20mph, to keep the XE moving even on the most awful of surfaces – even if you’re towing!
Of course as a Jaguar the interior of the XE has to meet the grade too, and with high quality materials throughout, a neat, modern design and excellent seats with a great driving position, it too is greeted with motoring press approval. Of particular note is the new InControl multimedia system, with quick processing times, touch and swipe control and can mirror your smartphone. There’s 10GB of storage on a solid-state drive for your own media too.