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Published Date: 14/08/2017

Since the launch of the original XF and then the XE, Jaguar has reinforced its position in the executive saloon sectors that were once dominated by German marques. Once associated with luxury above all else, Jaguar’s contemporary models retain opulence but have been injected with a large dose of sporting prowess across the board. What separates the XF from the XE?

Subtle differences on the outside

The recently unleased Jaguar XF is now even more desirable in the large executive saloon segment. Beautiful styling enhancements have been made to the car’s sweeping, coupé-esque silhouette. From its long bonnet featuring an evocative power bulge, to the upright and menacing grille flanked by J-blade running lights, and to the rear with its instantly recognisable double roundel LEDs. The new XF is lighter than before, thanks to intensive use of aluminium, and its proportions have been subtly increased to provide even greater road presence along with a roomier interior. The XF is also available as a svelte Sportbrake providing estate practicality in a stunningly stylish package.

The refreshed Jaguar XE has a smaller footprint than the XF and competes in the compact, mid-size executive saloon market, aimed at being the driver’s car delivering class-leading dynamics and sports performance. Shorter than the XF by 282mm, these two highly-desirable models are of similar overall widths and heights, and the XE also boasts Jaguar’s eye-catching J-blade front light signatures, plus the F-Type-inspired rear LED pattern. The XE looks fabulous whatever the occasion, particularly in R-Sport or S guises with muscular body styling and other sports-focussed upgrades.

Conclusion: For those whose lifestyles suit a slightly more compact but equally alluring sports saloon that matches its dynamic looks with genuine ability, the Jaguar XE with its abundance of British design flair is unmissable.

Special interiors

Based on luxury, one of Jaguar’s hallmarks, the XF and XE’s interiors are also thoroughly modern, packed with the latest technology and convey purposefully sporty auras.

With a soul-stirring, low seating position, form-hugging seats and precisely placed controls, the more compact Jaguar XE saloon is sure to connect with the senses. There’s plenty of potential to customise the interior of the XE to suit a driver’s personality, and there’s also an abundance of useful storage incorporated.

Sharing the XE’s sophisticated touchscreen in the centre console, which is completed by intuitively positioned buttons and elegant blue lighting, the larger XF’s cabin is a masterclass in craftsmanship. Exceptional comfort and a sense of wellbeing are at the heart of the XF’s cabin, which is roomier for both occupants and luggage, with a 540-litre boot compared to the XE’s 455 litres. Boot capacity rises to 565 litres as standard in the XF Sportbrake, which expands to a gigantic 1,700 litres with the seats folded.

Conclusion: Both the XE and XF boast a wealth of connected infotainment and safety technology and have engaging interiors, but for families or business drivers requiring more space, the XF saloon and in particular Sportbrake make perfect sense.

Characterful engines

For sports agility backed by efficient power, Jaguar’s Ingenium diesel engines are the stars of the show in both the XE and XF. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel powerplants range from 163PS through to 180PS and 240PS, with AWD available on the middle and upper variants. 0-60mph acceleration times across the range are impressive, spanning 7.9 seconds down to 5.8 seconds, all whilst delivering fuel economy of upto 75.0mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. The XF also offers added punch by way of a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged diesel unit that sprints to 60mph in just 5.8 seconds, with emissions of 144g/km CO2 and impressive fuel economy of 51.4mpg.

Petrol engines in the XE and XF lineups range from a 2.0-litre unit in 200PS and 250PS iterations, with 0-60mph times as low as 5.8 seconds, up to Jaguar’s revered 380PS 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine hits 60mph in under 5 seconds.

Conclusion: Combining potent torque and power delivery with impressive fuel economy figures, the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is hard to ignore.

In numbers…

 

Jaguar XE

Jaguar XF

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

163

340

163

380

Fuel (comb MPG)

34.9

75.0

34.0

70.6

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

99

194

104

198

Top Speed (mph)

132

155

132

155

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

4.8

7.9

5.1

8.7

Price

£28,295

£62,275

£32,490

£80.931


Sharing similar coupé-like silhouettes full of iconic British flair, the Jaguar XE and XF firmly live up to their sporting intentions and provide truly dynamic handling. As suited to families as they are to the corporate business fleet market, both cars are available with ground-breaking infotainment, safety and driver technology. With a wide range of engine options, all bases are covered.

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