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Published Date: 26/07/2017

So you’ve made your mind up. You’d like to invest in a Jaguar car that makes a statement.

The last few years have seen Jaguar launch some hugely anticipated and undeniably important new models under the stewardship of the firm’s highly respected Director of Design, Ian Callum.

Similarly priced, the XE and F-Pace offer two incredible, though vastly different drives. So which is for you – the thrill of an executive saloon or the dominance of a crossover SUV?

At a glance

XE

The XE arrived first – a lightweight, rear-wheel drive compact executive saloon passionately engineered to deliver thrills in a sector traditionally associated with German models. Styled similarly to the larger XF, Jaguar’s newest and most advanced saloon oozes sporty elegance. With J-blade daytime running lights, F-Type-inspired LED taillights, Jaguar-branded chrome side vents and heart-racing R-Sport styling available on many XE variants, it’s a car guaranteed to turn heads in all situations.

F-Pace

A brand once synonymous with luxury sports cars, Jaguar introducing a 4x4 SUV was inevitable. The truly gorgeous F-Pace has quickly proven itself as the fastest-selling car in the company’s history. The marque’s familiar face has been beautifully bestowed with a bolder, more dramatic and brawny demeanour. It conveys a tremendous road presence and a muscular, sporty silhouette which rounds to the distinctive rear lights.

Sporty head-turner: XE

Road owner: F-Pace

Exploring the interiors

Jaguar’s XE and F-Pace are appointed similarly inside, with cockpit-inspired dashboards. Highly customisable leather and trim combinations are naturally available, whilst drivers of automatic transmission variants are greeted by the stylish JaguarDrive Control. Interior mood lighting and a panoramic roof add to the aura of sophistication, while practicality has been taken care of with plenty of useful storage areas.

As the larger of the two cars, the F-Pace SUV is the most spacious and its 650-litre default boot is enviably the most capacious in the class. But don’t write off the size of the XE – it boasts a surprisingly roomy boot capacity of 455 litres, and at 2,075mm wide it comfortably seats three adult passengers in the back. Its ergonomic layout also makes space for storage spaces throughout, from the overhead console, to the smartphone-sized stowage tray in the centre console.

For sheer space and volume: F-Pace

Ample room for all matched with quality finishes: XE

Technology compared

Both cars house Jaguar’s 8” Touch command centre. It comes as standard across the ranges, upgradeable to the 10.2” Touch Pro system boasting 10GB of media storage and an all-new navigation system. Touch Pro is also configurable with Jaguar’s impressive Dual View system, which enables the front passenger to watch digital television, whilst the driver views the navigation at the same time on the same screen. Both models come with the latest Head-up Display technology, bringing you the drive of the future today.

Where they differ is in their driver assistance features. The XE boasts all the latest in luxury car tech; from lane departure warning to advanced park assist. On the other hand, the F-Pace comes packed out with features to get the greatest drive out of its larger size. These include torque vectoring technology – which provides controlled braking on the inside wheels, gliding the car through even the tightest corners – and adaptive dynamics, which constantly matches the car’s response to road conditions and your style of driving.

Industry-changing driver assistance: XE

An intuitive and tailored drive: F-Pace

Engines that excel

The XE and F-Pace share the same sports-oriented DNA aimed at delivering class-leading driving dynamics, encapsulated by JLR’s revered 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel unit. It’s available in three guises:

  • a 163PS version with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km
  • a 180PS iteration emitting from 126g/km in the F-Pace whilst still delivering fuel economy of up to 59.2mpg
  • a twin-turbocharged 240PS edition for added potency. Whether paired with the 6-speed manual gearbox or the silkily-smooth 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Ingenium performs admirably. 

XE and F-Pace buyers who prefer petrol will enjoy the 200PS and 250PS Ingenium options – and for the ultimate in performance, Jaguar’s supercharged 3.0-litre 380PS V6 engine never fails to win hearts and is saved for both cars’ ‘S’ versions.

In numbers

XE F-Pace
Power (PS) 163 – 380 163 - 380
Fuel (comb MPG) 42.2 – 75 31.7 – 59.2
Emissions (Co2, g/km) 99 - 194 126 - 209
Top Speed (mph) 132 - 155 121 - 155
0 – 60mph in…. (seconds) 5 – 8.4 5.4 – 10.2

 

Two very different packages externally, the XE compact executive sports saloon and F-Pace luxury sports SUV are equal showcases for Jaguar’s latest advanced engine, chassis, entertainment and safety technology, and with prices starting from £28,295 for the XE and £34,730 for the F-Pace, their continuing success is a given.

 

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