Jaguar XE review

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Jaguar XE
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10 Dec 2015 10:46 | Last updated: 12 Nov 2018 15:29

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The Jaguar X-Type isn't particularly fondly remembered. Being based on a Ford Mondeo didn't win it too many hearts and minds; most buyers opted for something German-built instead.

So, Jaguar needed to up its game. It set about designing a ‘proper’ Jaguar from the ground up, using its own lightweight aluminium chassis and a rear-wheel drive layout for sharper handling. And in 2015, it introduced the Jaguar XE, the first compact executive saloon in its line-up since the X-Type.

But did it succeed in tempting buyers away from German rivals? Should you buy an XE over its closest rivals, which include stalwarts such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Read on to find out, as we tell you all there is to know about the XE, including which engines and trims make the most sense.

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There are 7 trims available for the XE saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
SV Project 8
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SE
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, automa...View trim
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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 and adds heated leather...View trim
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R-Sport
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 thi...View trim
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Portfolio
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 p...View trim
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Landmark Edition
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300 Sport
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