Jaguar is taking another shot at the entry level luxury car market with the new XE sedan, which is a spiritual successor the Jaguar X-Type, a car which was not very successful. However, Jaguar is trying to change that with the XE, which not only looks good but also is quite the performer.
In Canada, the Jaguar XE is available in five trims, the XE has the same trim names as other offerings by Jaguar, staring with the base XE called “Premium” and the top of the line “Portfolio”
In Canada, the Jaguar XE Premium has a starting price of $43,900, the XE Prestige starts at $48,200, the XE R-Sport starts at $52,500, the XE S starts at $61,500, and the XE Portfolio starts at $64,685.
Our review car for the week was the 2017 Jaguar XE R-Sport, with a final price of $64,700 with options. Options included were Italian Racing Red paint ($650), 19” wheels ($1,500), Head-Up Display ($1,000), Driver Assistance Package ($3,100) – this package includes traffic sign recognition, surround camera system, front camera, 360 park distance control, perpendicular parking system, and adaptive cruise control + queue assist. Also included was Technology Pack ($2,600) – this includes InControl Pro Services, NAS 4 year connected service pack, and Meridian surround sound system, I’d personally skip this package, and Black Pack ($350), which blacks out the grill.
Like the 2017 Jaguar XF I reviewed a few weeks ago, the Jaguar XE is also offered with the same engine choices, which consist of two 4-cylinder engines and a V6. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-4, producing 247 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 269 pound-feet of torque between 1,200 to 4,500 rpm. The next engine is a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine, producing 180 hp at 4,000 rpm and 318 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 – 2,500 rpm. The 3.0 liter supercharged V6 has two output levels, just like in the F-Type, F-Pace, and XF, producing 340 hp at 6,500 rpm in all trims except for the S, in the S trim it produces 380 hp at 6,500 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque between 3,500 – 5,000 rpm.
In Canada, all of the trims on the XE come with AWD only, power is sent via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
According to Jaguar, the XE R-Sport with the diesel engine should consume 7.8/5.8/6.9 liters/100 km in city/highway/combined driving. I took a 500 km trip in the XE, on the highway I was getting 5.5 L/100 km without the AC and 5.8 L/100 km with the AC on, according to the onboard trip computer. In the city I averaged 6.9 L/100 km.
The Jaguar XF I reviewed recently, also came with the same 2.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, the XF was fast enough, but it was a bit too much of a car for the small diesel engine. However, on the XE, the diesel seemed plenty powerful and I enjoyed the drive a lot more in the XE than I did on the XF, because of the smaller size and lighter weight of the XE.
The XE is a very nice handling car, it feels light on its feet and is a lot of fun to drive. The suspension is very sporty, I didn’t think it was too hard after a long drive. The steering has a very quick ratio, giving the car a very “zippy” feeling, makes you want to just weave in and out of traffic.
The diesel engine on the XE is powerful enough and the 318 lb-ft of torque makes the car feel fast at low speeds. I didn’t have any complaints about the diesel engine, but I would love to get a taste of what the XE S feels like, with its 380 hp.
The transmission is silky smooth, Jaguar/Land Rover uses this ZF transmission in all of its vehicles and like most automotive journalists, I’m a big fan. It shifts gear quickly and always seems to be in the right gear, and driving around in Dynamic mode, the shifts are extremely fast.
On Jaguar XF I complained about the amount of noise produced by the diesel engine. On the XE, I wasn’t as bothered by the engine noise, not that the engine on the XE was quieter, but because it is a cheaper car and I guess my expectations were a bit lower and also the interior of the XE has more wind noise, making the diesel engine noise a bit less noticeable. I would still like it to be quieter, I mean it’s still a $60k+ car.
The interior on the XE looks very similar to the interior of the XF, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between photos of the two interiors, the XE however doesn’t have the automatically closing/opening air vents. The XE’s interior is also less spacious, as it is a smaller car, but I found it to have plenty of space for me.
The XE’s exterior is also very similar to its bigger brother XF, again, at first glance it’s hard to tell the two cars apart, but upon closer look there are subtle difference between the two cars. The XE has smaller exterior dimensions and I think it’s a pretty good looking car. Styling is a subjective matter, so some people might like the XE’s styling and some might not, I think it’s not an offensive design and does look quite elegant. You’re also getting the styling of the more expensive XF at a lower entry price.
I personally liked the XE a lot, even more so than the XF, not that the XF is a bad car, I just like the smaller size of the XE, which translates to lower weight and a more fun driving experience. Our car did come with the diesel engine, but I would also love to review the V6 powered car, which will perfrom even better in my opinion.
2017 Jaguar XE Diesel Review Photo Gallery
For more information on the Jaguar XE, check out jaguar.ca.