Every XE is competitively priced, given the generous amount of standard equipment they get, and the lower-powered diesel model with a manual gearbox has seriously low CO2 emissions, which helps make it a comparatively cheap company car. Even the more powerful diesel with an automatic ’box is impressively economical and has low tax rates.
If you’re a low-mileage driver and want to finance your XE using a PCP contract, the 2.0-litre petrols are well worth consideration. The V6 S petrol model is likely to be a rare purchase for those private buyers willing to spend a fair amount to indulge their desire for a sports saloon. We’d advise against it given how enjoyable the (significantly cheaper) diesels are. The V6 will also lose its value more quickly than any other XE; the diesels, in comparison, have some of the strongest resale values in the class.
Jaguar’s finance deals are particularly competitive, with generous dealer deposit contributions and low interest rates often offered.
Service intervals are up to every two years or 21,000 miles, and fixed-price servicing plans are available that cover the XE for up to five years or 75,000 miles.
Jaguar XE equipment
Entry-level SE cars come with 17in alloys, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and a DAB radio, but their cloth seats may put some buyers off. We’d go up one level to Prestige trim, which adds heated leather seats and chrome interior highlights.
R-Sport models (not available with the lower-powered diesel engine) get xenon headlights, a sports styling kit, 18in alloys and sports seats, while Portfolio and V6 S XEs have an upgraded sound system and fully electric seat adjustment.
There are plenty of optional extras if you’re smitten with creature comforts, such as a heated steering wheel and a powered bootlid, but the one we’d really recommend is the adjustable lumbar support – especially on the higher-end models, where it costs significantly less than on cheaper versions. A panoramic glass roof is an expensive option on all trims, but it does brighten the cabin substantially.
Jaguar XE reliability
Reliability data on the XE is scarce, but Jaguar as a brand scored below-average marks for reliability in our most recent ownership satisfaction survey.
All XEs come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ European roadside assistance, although both can be extended at extra cost.
Jaguar XE safety & security
All XE versions come with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition that shows the relevant speed limit on the dashboard. Front, side and curtain airbags (which cover the front and rear windows) are also standard, although it’s a shame that there’s no driver’s knee airbag and you can’t add rear side ’bags. A blindspot monitoring system and adaptive cruise control are available as optional extras.
The standard tyre pressure-monitoring system warns you if you have a puncture, although you’ll have to pay extra for a space-saver spare tyre instead of an inflation kit. A full-size spare isn’t available.
As you’d expect, every version comes with an alarm and an engine immobiliser to help fend off thieves, and you can add a vehicle tracker.
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Entry-level SE trim gets more than just the essentials. It comes with 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0in touchscreen sat-nav system, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, part-electric seat adjustment, a DAB radio and online connectivity. Its cloth seats could be a turn off for some buyers, though, so we’d step up to Prestige trim for its leather upholstery and appropriately plush-feeling interior.
Our pick Prestige
This is our favourite trim, because it combines a luxurious-feeling interior with a reasonable price. It comes with all the kit that the generously equipped SE version gets, but adds heated leather seats and chrome cabin highlights. There’s no need to add any expensive options, although full-electric seat adjustment and adjustable lumbar support could be worth considering if you spend a lot of time driving your car.
Comes with all the comforts of Prestige trim, but adds 18in alloys, xenon headlights, a bodykit and sports seats. It also has lowered and stiffened suspension for even tighter body control, but this compromises ride comfort. We’d avoid this trim – partly because the standard cars are great to drive and are more comfortable, but also because R-Sport trim isn’t available with the lower-powered diesel engine, which is the best one for company car drivers.
Portfolio models come with lots of luxury equipment, including higher-quality leather upholstery than other XEs, full-electric seat adjustment and the superb Meridian sound system. They’re on the pricey side, though, so are worth a look only if you want lots of toys in your car.
The V6 XE gets its own trim level – S. It comes with almost everything that the luxurious Portfolio model does, including electrically adjustable heated leather seats, automatic xenon headlights and the 8.0in touchscreen sat-nav system, but adds adaptive shock absorbers, 19in alloys, a sports styling kit, powered bootlid, keyless entry and various S styling tweaks and badges.