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Jaguar XE review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Jaguar XE saloon running costs

Every XE is competitively priced, given the generous amount of standard equipment you get, and the rear-wheel-drive diesel model has low – if not class-leading – CO2 emissions.

Jaguar’s finance deals could be better, though, and resale values aren’t as strong as those of some of its key rivals, such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

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 saloon equipment

Even the entry-level S spec comes with 18in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control – enough to make it our pick of the range.

However, if you do fancy a few more luxuries, SE adds keyless entry and power-folding door mirrors, while range-topping HSE cars have 19in wheels and higher-quality Windsor leather.

Regardless of the spec you go for, you can also choose from two trim packs: standard and R-Dynamic; the latter gives the car a more aggressive look in addition to lowered and stiffened suspension.

Jaguar XE 300 Sport wheel

Jaguar XE saloon reliability

Jaguar provides a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ European roadside assistance, with the option to extend both at extra cost.

And you might wish to do so. The brand’s reliability record is rather poor, with it placing 28th out of 31 manufacturers in our latest Reliability Survey, behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes, and a long way off Alfa Romeo and Lexus.

To corroborate that, the XE had a poor showing among its executive car peers, finishing second-bottom of the class for reliability.

Jaguar XE saloon safety and security

All XEs come with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and driver drowsiness monitoring, while range-topping HSE cars also have blindspot monitoring and an adaptive cruise control system that automatically keeps you a safe distance from the car in front.

The safety experts at Euro NCAP gave the XE a five-star crash test rating. Drill down into the details and you’ll discover that the car performed well in the individual categories, outscoring the Audi A4 in all but child occupant protection.

As you’d expect, every XE comes with an alarm and an engine immobiliser to help fend off thieves, and you can add a vehicle tracker.

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Verdict

There are bigger and classier executive saloons available for similar money, but none handles as sweetly as the Jaguar XE.

  • Agile, enjoyable handling
  • Competitive company car costs
  • Generous equipment list
  • Tight rear-seat and boot space
  • Some interior materials feel low-rent
  • Poor reliability record
Trims
There are 7 trims available for the XE saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
SV Project 8
In addition to every body panel except the roof and front doors being bespoke, the susp...
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£149,995
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OUR PICK
S
Even this entry-level spec comes with 18in alloy wheels, electrically adjustable leathe...
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SE
Stepping up one rung from entry-level S spec gets you keyless entry, power-folding door...
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£35,370
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R-Dynamic S
This version of the XE is based on entry-level S-spec, but brings sportier looks and lo...
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£35,490
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R-Dynamic SE
This version of the XE is based on mid-level SE-spec, but brings sportier looks and low...
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£36,960
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HSE
The range-topping HSE spec is very well equipped, featuring 19in alloy wheels, higher-q...
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£38,520
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R-Dynamic HSE
This version of the XE is based on range-topping HSE-spec, but brings sportier looks an...
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£40,320
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